Josna Rege

Reflecting on the April Challenge

In blogs and blogging, Notes, writing on May 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]I made my way through the month of April in a kind of blur, and somehow managed to complete my fourth annual A-to-Z Challenge. Because April was going to be a particularly  busy and difficult month for me, I knew that this time I needed to keep the entries brief and upbeat, without being Pollyannaish. I needed to remember the small, simple joys and pleasures of everyday life. The list wasn’t very well-planned or coherent. About  half of the entries were on subjects that I had come up with in advance, in a quick brainstorming session when I first decided on the theme, while the rest were thought of as I went along.

I wasn’t able to visit and comment on many other blogs regularly or consistently, and still haven’t got around to responding to the fellow-bloggers and other readers who generously posted comments. If I haven’t yet responded to one or more of your comments, I promise that I will do, eventually. As soon as I had pressed Publish on my entry for Z, my workaday life took me back over with a vengeance, and I’m still in its grip.

I wasn’t able to seek out and follow many new blogs, in large part because I didn’t have the time, and to a lesser degree because, I think, the Challenge has got so huge that it is tedious to scroll down the long list and find new, simpatico blogs and bloggers. As a result, many of the people who “Liked” my posts and left comments regularly were bloggers with whom I already keep up and correspond, some of whom I had met in previous years of the Challenge. These included Finding Eliza, Aotearoa Seasons, Modhukori, My Ordinary Moments, Wangiwriter’s Blog, Calmgrove, Nina Grandiose’s Blog, and galeriaredelius. But there were some new discoveries, blogs and bloggers whom I visited and who visited me in turn. These included (and forgive me if I leave out one or two inadvertently): To Wonder at Beauty, Chez Shea, PunarjanmamThe Life of Ordinary Me, Islam on my Mind, Enchanted Forests, The Widow Badass Blog, The Shameful Sheep, Weekends in Maine, The Incoherent Ramblings of a Moose, and Laughing Tree Space. It was a delight to receive a comment from Arlee Bird, the founder of the A-to-Z Challenge, who blogs at Tossing It Out. And as always, I treasure the visits and sustaining comments from friends and family: Hayat, Jaya, Sartaz, Lesley, Jude, Norah, Sarah, and Asghar.

Did the writing bring me joy? I think so, at least momentarily, for the time I was actually caught up in it. Did it bring you joy, or at least a smile to your face from time to time? Do let me know if there were particular posts that moved you.

Thanks to the hard-working organizers of this annual blogging binge, and here’s my A-Z list for 2016, hyperlinked for your convenience.

Bringing Me Joy: Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2016

The Pursuit of Happiness

Accomplishment

Bookshops

Chillies and China

Darjeeling

EastEnders

Friends

The Guardian

Henion’s

India

Jai Jagat!

Kindred

Lemons and Limes

Movement

Night

the Outdoors

Pre-dawn Raga

Quirks

Real Country

Singing

Thrift Stores

Unions

Verandas

Writing

Xýpna / Ξύπνα

Young People

Zoe

 Tell Me Another (Contents to Date)

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  1. I found writing the reflection post the hardest of all to write. I’m still not too happy with it. I didn’t even thank Arlee Bird etc. I didn’t forget, I just couldn’t get it right. Oh well, I did something and will go back and add the thanks part. Thank you for listing some new blogs for me to check out. I agree, it’s hard to just happen on them during the challenge.

  2. Reading your posts was one of the great pleasures of the challenge. So happy I discovered your blog and your lovely writings.

    • How kind of you, Marie! I’ve appreciated your visits and comments through the month and enjoyed the freedom and creative energy of Chez Shea. Congrats on completing the Challenge.

  3. i am sure it was a breathless month but i am so glad you kept it flowing. and now you have linked the blogs so i can savour them again at my leisure. keep on blogging…:)

    • Thank you, Jaya. I can feel you reading appreciatively at the other end. This is the unique beauty of blogging (although the word itself doesn’t please the ear). xo J

  4. You continue to amaze and delight!

    • Thank you, Nina! I feel amazement and delight every time I gaze upon another collection of your photographs, which always seem to get to the heart of things.

  5. Just came to return the lovely comment you left on my blog and to read your reflection post. But now that I’ve had a look around, I think I might stay. Love the flow of your words.
    Also, thank you for the mention. I was not expecting that. 🙂

    • Thank you for staying, Lily, and Welcome. I’m glad to have met you through this Challenge. Of course the Cockney rhyming slang caught my attention since my mother is a Londoner and I was born there. I too will visit, and look forward to more back-and-forthing. J

  6. “chuffed” to be on your “Roll of Honour”

    • Of course you are! You have been posting responses and more since Tell Me Another’s first year. I love receiving your comments. (And by the way, I owe my addiction to EastEnders to you in that you told me how I could watch BBC programmes. Of course you recommended something much more highbrow, so you are not responsible for my terrible taste!

  7. Hi Josna. What can I say, that’s not been said before in all the comments above?
    Thank you for the mention:) Feel quite chuffed and puffed!
    Wish I’d done the same– shared some of the blogs I loved to visit during the challenge, as a reminder for later on in the year. Live and learn, I guess. And boy, do I love to learn when I’m here.
    Thank you for your beautiful writing.
    ‘How does she do it?’ I often ask myself after I’ve read your post. Your writing inspires me.

    • Wow–now it’s my turn to feel chuffed and puffed! Thank you, Arti. I still have some of your Challenge posts to read, so that’s something I look forward to. x J
      Thanks so much for

  8. Congrats on completing the challenge! I think you’re missing out on the most fun part though if you don’t go visiting through the list!
    Debbie

    • Thanks, Debbie! I agree; I just couldn’t do both this year. April is always crunch time for me, and this year it was crazier than most. I still went visiting a bit and discovered some delightful new blogs, but the list is getting so long, that it was really hit or miss. I also didn’t get time to respond to the people who were kind enough to leave comments, since I was scrambling to write my own post. I still intend to get back to them, though! J

  9. Nice to finally meet another A to Zer. Glad you also survived the challenge.

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