A to Z April Blogging Challenge!!! What’s that?! I first stumbled upon the one-month blogging challenge on Vidya’s blog (www.vidyasury.com) and I signed on. It was way back in January. As D-Day approached, I chucked out the idea, thinking that I may not be able to do full justice to the challenge and it’s no cake walk to blog for 26 consecutive days, on letters A to Z. I mean, I’ve blogged for a month but this time it was different since it was a challenge and that too, on alphabets.
I remember Damyanti leaving a message on the blog, asking me to confirm if I wanna back out coz she heard from her team members that I am planning to back out. Overnight, the decision was taken and decided to take the challenge. I was in. I wouldn’t know what I’d miss if I decided not to take part. In a way, Damyanti was instrumental in me taking the challenge and I’m glad I did. Hugs Damyanti.
Did I accomplish my goals? I think yes since I took the challenge and all of us, in a way or the other, are A to Z champs. There were hiccups and there were days when I was running late, racking the brain on some alphabets and this where pals like Meghna and Bhakti came to the rescue suggesting ideas. I went out of my way, like many did, to comment on 30 + blogs in a day where other stuffs took a back seat. I dig deep in memories to write bout’ college days that were the best of my life.
It was awesome to connect with so many people across the globe who visited me and I did the same, not necessarily in that order. A to Z made me realize that we are global citizens and how we connect with people from different parts of the world, India, Greece, Africa as well as American countries and Europe. I made so many great friends who are brave to let us inside their world, sharing small joy and happiness, challenges in life, family situation and how they overcame fear or prejudices in life, among so many things.
Still, one cannot rest on laurels. I feel that I could have done better by honing my writing skills when I see so many awesome writers across the globe. I realized how bad I am at writing! There were days when I withdraw into shell since I was suffering from writer’s block and went into depression mode which happens when you make the challenge your oyster. I shall prepare myself better next time. There are many bloggers who commented on my work and I missed writing back as well as others on the Facebook link. It was a marathon task. There were so many honest posts where bloggers dare to come out of the closet whether its watching porn during the growing years-I did- and I also wrote on my Ganja experience. How I wish I could be more open on my antics!
A big thank you to Damyanti for being such a big motivation and please link to her on (http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com) as well as her team composed of Vidya (vidyasuri.com),Guilie, Anna, Samantha, Csenge, Jemima and Mary of the super awesome #TeamDamyanti for the A to Z Challenge as well as the cohosts Leo, Alex, Tina, Jeremy, Nicole, Stephen, Heather, AJ, MJ, Pam (You’ll find their link of Damyanti’s blog).
There are some blogs whom I would like you guys to check, my old pals and new friends made during the challenge;
http://www.shilpaagarg.com, Eli of http://expatliv.blogspot.in, http://ipsitabanerjee.wordpress.com, Priyanka of http://dlonelystoner.wordpress.com, Beloo of http://letbeautybeyourconstantideal.blogspot.com, http://drsushreedash.blogspot.in, http://dsavannah.com/blog, http://www.ananyatales.com, http://marieabanga.com, http://serenelyrapt.wordpress.com, http://jayantatw.wordpress.com, http://www.sheshachaturvedi.com, http://cobourgcobbie.blogspot.com, iamstri.wordpress.com, iwrotethose.wordpress.com, andiwrite.com, http://jyotsnabhatia.blogspot.com, http://suzysomedaysomewhere.blogspot.com, http://jensysg21.wordpress.com, http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com, http://subzeroricha.blogspot.com, http://sunilavigauthor.blogspot.com, http://mindbrewblog.wordpress.com, http://rambledscribblings.blogspot.com, http://everydaygyaan.com, http://somethings-sugandha.blogspot.com/
Quite an exhaustive and long list. There are many more whose names, my memory can’t focus on and I wished to recall them since I have enjoyed reading so many blogs and hope we connect on Facebook or Google+ whichever way you guys are comfortable. Yes, for her V challenge, Priyanka of dlonelystoner.wordpress.com featured me and I’m quite honored.
It’s been an enriching and super awesome experience. I’m still relishing the break which I call, ‘Free from Blogging’ for few days and I shall be back full swing from Thursday where I intend to revive an old short story which I wrote in 2010 as well as come with book reviews cum a new shortie during the month of May. Yeah! May! I am slowing a bit. One more thing: I’ve been looking for a job since January this year and keep me in your prayers so that I bag a new one.
We are all, A to Z Champs and love you all..adios amigos..we’ll meet another time..another place:)