Monday, May 5, 2014

A to Z Challenge Reflections

The administrators of this site pulled together to participate in the A to Z Challenge as a team. We’ve decided that our reflections should also be done as a team.

“It’s been awesome seeing the new faces coming by for a dose of writing knowledge and inspiration. I hope everyone continues to benefit from the site and the group. A big welcome to all the new followers and members!
“I’d also like to thank my fellow admins for the awesome job they did with each letter of the Challenge. You ladies rocked!”
- Alex J. Cavanaugh, IWSG Founder

“The comments during the A-Z Challenge were diverse and inspiring. I see writers who are willing to go to any length to improve their craft, yet never waver in their desire to support others. That attitude embodies the spirit of IWSG and makes me proud to a part of such a generous community.”
- Joylene Nowell Butler

"Every year the A to Z Challenge reminds me of the wide variety of bloggers sharing their expertise and thoughts with the world. Those generous bloggers offer encouragement and wisdom without a hint of snark or superiority toward their readers. The warmhearted community feeling of A to Z lasts for one hectic month but that wonderful camaraderie lives on each month on IWSG."
- Susan Gourley

“While I only did three of the letters—Apply Yourself as a Writer, Good Habits of Successful Writers, and Observation: a Writer's Tool—I still got to see what an amazing impact the challenge made here at the IWSG. I even made some new friends, some of whom expressed what a great and helpful site it is here, which I found hugely encouraging. A big thanks to everyone who took part.”
- Lynda Young

“A big thank you to the IWSG admins for the amazing team effort during the A to Z challenge. There are lots of newcomers and the Facebook page now stands at 925 members. Thank you also for the great job with the daily posting on the Facebook page. I know that lots of FB members discovered that linking their blogs during the challenge was a great way to pick blogs to visit.”
- Michelle Wallace

“Although I've participated in the Challenge for a few years, I'm still awed by the thought of so many people coming together to blog and interact for a solid month. I've 'met' many interesting people from various parts of the world and consider it an honour to have been allowed to share my thoughts on the IWSG blog during April. Here's to old and new friendships, thanks to Arlee Bird's brainwave that resulted in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.”
- J.L. Campbell
“I didn’t participate in the A to Z this year with my own blog, but it was nice to remain connected here with the IWSG site. There were a lot of new faces in the comments and new followers. I think it was a great idea that we participated this year. We’ll have to do it again next year!”
- L. Diane Wolfe

Did you enjoy our A to Z posts? Did you participate?


kaykuala said...

Certainly did! It was hectic and at the expense of the regular blogs. But it's an experience and worth the time knowing a new set of crowd. Regret couldn't visit as many as I would have wanted. Thanks Alex! Looking forward to next April!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well said, ladies, and thanks for putting this together, Diane.

Hank, I couldn't begin to visit everyone I wanted to visit.

LittleCely said...

I don't think I would have found this blog without the challenge so for that I'm greatful.

It was my first time participating and I had a lot of fun. I can't wait to do it again next year.

LittleCely's Blog

J.L. Campbell said...

Well done, guys. You rock!

Christine Rains said...

I didn't participate on my own blog, but I did the Challenge with a group and I really enjoyed the experience. It gave me a chance to visit many new blogs which I haven't done in a while.

Pat Hatt said...

It was great indeed, another successful year for the a to z feed.

Michael Di Gesu said...

You guys all did such an amazing job!

Congrats to you all!

Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

Hi Alex and team,
well done!!!
A great joint venture Reflection Post :-)
well said my dear friends,

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi IWSG group - I did love your posts when I got here ... and totally agree with your thoughts ..

Wonderful people out, with fantastic skills and it's just such a great opportunity to meet new friends ...

I did and I did .. cheers Hilary

Heather Musk said...

Well done and thank you to all the IWSG A-Z Team.
There was plenty to take away from all the posts throughout the month that will, hopefully, help me move forward with my writing and blogging endeavours.

cleemckenzie said...

It'a always interesting and I never fail to find great ideas and learn tons. Here's to everyone who did it and did it so well.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Well done, crew. I used the facebook page to post and to find other blogs to visit. That was a brilliant idea.

G. B. Miller said...

I thought it was a good exercise for me in writing short concise blog posts. I don't think I'll do it again, but I did have a good time commenting/exploring other blogs (even picked up a few new subscriptions).

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Michelle Wallace said...

Well done admins!
It was a great team effort!

Unknown said...

Wow, I was so scared I wouldn't make it. I was to say the least, insecure. I tried backing out twice, even created my blog with blogger just for the challenge so that if I backed out, my followers at wordpress wouldn't think I was a coward. Also, as a new author, I got terrified with the reality that the real work starts with the publishing. I am glad l found this group and learnt how to meander in its ocean. I will lean in and just have to thank you all over and again.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Great work to everyone involved. And thanks, Diane, for pulling this post together and rustling up all the admins for the reflection.

Birgit said...

I had a lot of fun and it was so wonderful to read all the comments that were all uplifting. I have more blogger friends and follow more too which is fun. I shall return next year!

Tina said...

I think it's awesome that this group participated as a group effort. It just goes to show what can happen when writers band together to make good things happen not just for those involved, but for the whole community. I'm really proud to call myself a member of this group.
Tina @ Life is Good
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B~Natrelle said...

Hello there.
Just stopping by from the AtoZ Road Trip to say a big "THANK YOU" AtoZ Team for all your hard work. I was completely depleted after just posting on my blog alone...don't know how some of you managed to write on several blogs and admin the challenge too!!! Hope you managed to get caught up on some well-deserved sleep in the months thereafter. Many thanks again. Am looking forward to taking part in April 2015. See you then!
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