I wasn’t sure whether I would actually finish the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past April, but I did — and absolutely loved it. I’ve learned so many things from the experience.
1. I have a lot to say about a lot of topics.
I’m usually so focused on my fiction that I don’t take time to “sound off” publicly in other areas. The challenge showed me just how many diverse opinions and topics of interest I really have.
2. I reaffirmed what I’m passionate about.
Justice. Recovery. Mindful living. Courage. Wow, did it feel good to reconnect with those values and speak them aloud.
3. I found out that others share my passions, too.
I never know when I blog whether I’ll just be shouting into a void, but I got tons of positive responses to the thoughts I shared. Every “like,” comment, and reblog warmed my heart and kept me going.
4. I discovered that I really do enjoy blogging!
I’m guilty of being a serial start-and-stop blogger, who honestly began doing it because she’d heard that authors should. Turns out I just needed to find the right subject matter! I’m excited to continue my Mental Health Mondays and Writing Wednesday series of posts.
I plan to do the challenge again next year, and highly recommend giving it a shot if you’re a new blogger or have an older blog that could use some reinvigorating.
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