Reflecting on the A to Z Challenge even though it’s a mere week since it ended evoked a wistfulness for those daily interactions with other bloggers on my blog and on theirs.
I asked myself what’s stopping me from continuing with the same schedule of blogging daily and visiting others. It requires a discipline that I enjoyed while I stuck to it and it brought it’s own rewards. The problem really is finding the discipline to tackle the lack of discipline that prevents me from continuing even when there isn’t a challenge.
2017 was the second year of the challenge for me and I found it easier this year than last when I blogged about less well known travel destinations in India. You get better at it the more you do it.
The loveliest aspect of the A to Z Challenge was the kindness of bloggers who visited kalpanaawrites every day even though my theme, the Lexicon of Leaving, was about divorce. Many of you are happily married and didn’t really need to read about divorce in India. Your generous comments and the discussion and perspectives around divorce and relationships were insightful and encouraging.
Reading other blogs daily lead to my getting to know other bloggers quite well and as a result I remember them as people, not bloggers and think of them even when I’m not on their blogs. I catch myself wondering if Elephant’s Child is sleeping well, whether Lynne of Cresting the Hill is playing with her grandchildren, where Shalzmojo will travel next, what spiritual practice Soul Mom has chosen today, how Andy is handling her son, does Belly Bytes have any more Indian fabrics up her sleeve. I wish I could visit Amble Bay. My education about Time is incomplete (Tossing it Out) as it is about Film Noir and the the Arab world. Should I ever have the good luck and time and money to go on safari to Africa I’ll have to read all of Geraint’s posts at Penguin Ponderings again. Sarah C Snider I’ll read just for the sheer pleasure of all that beautifully penned knowledge about plants and herbs and The Multicoloured Diary to kickstart my imagination. J Lenni Dorner, Jacqui Murray and Milady Ronel’s blogs are just what a writer like me needs.
I appreciate Juneta Key for being the first to comment on almost every blog post.
The support, comments, enthusiasm for each other and warmth of this blogging community is breathtaking. This is what makes the A to Z Challenge so exciting for me – not just the enhanced stats and better Alexa ranking.
Can’t wait for April 2018.