When I signed up for the #AtoZChallenge with less than 20 posts on my blog, I had no clue what to expect. Now that I am on the other bank of the river, I am just glad I did. This challenge has helped me experiment a lot as a newbie writer. I have ventured into multiple avenues. Interviewing and featuring women at work was inspiring. Poetry, hmmm, yeah, I tried a bit of that too. Acknowledging women in my life was fulfilling for both them as well as me. I even dabbled with a bit of flash fiction.

So, what would I have done different..

If I had had more experience, if I had known any better, if my aim was to create an ebook: I would have narrowed down the theme a little bit more. Probably, stuck only to interviews with 26 “women at work” or 26 inspirational women. “If’s and but’s’ aside I feel truly ecstatic with where I have journeyed to through this challenge.

Fellow Bloggers..

I thought of skipping writing about blogs I discovered during the challenge, for I know I might leave out and offend some very good bloggers. But instead, I decided to apologize here in case I missed you out. So here goes the list:

Chandini, Thank you for making me aware of the challenge and inspiring me to sign up.

Shailaja was like a guiding light. If you ever want to know what to do, and what not to do in blogging: she is your gal. Her google sheet helped me visit more blogs than I would have otherwise.

Can I please choose a favorite? A story without a start, without an end, and not even in order. What are the protagonist’s names, where they are from, what do they do? Nah, you won’t know any of that. However, you will be made to feel something in each and every post and will know how “they” felt. If you ever decide to write a book, Sreesha, I will definitely read it.

If you want to be filled with some goodness of heart and feel that the world is not such a bad place, after all, Dr.Roshan‘s posts will inject you with some kindness.

Here is one which I hope will be completed and made into a book in the near future, Women in Indian mythology by Aditi.

Had enough of love and mushiness? Up your Criminal intent with Shilpa.

A writer’s arsenal is her words. Cynthia brought me never-heard-before words from different languages. Sadly I don’t remember any of them, but the stories behind each of the words were so well-crafted that I had to go back for more.

And sometimes you end up discovering something unexpected and enjoy it: Sciency words with J.S.Pailly.

Also, I have bookmarked Upsana‘s series about Minimalism for future reading and implementation in my own life.

And, I enjoyed the journey of her wonderful travels with Shalini.

That’s all Folks! You can read all of my posts from the #AtoZChallenge here. Thanks to all those who read me throughout this challenge. Oh, I almost forgot! I should definitely thank my husband who played multiple roles in the completion of this challenge as the idea-machine, sounding board, and constant encourager. Also, my mom who actually gave me the time and mind-space(by taking care of my little one in critical times) to write.  Now moving on to other things.

Experimentation & Learning: Reflections on #AtoZChallenge

12 thoughts on “Experimentation & Learning: Reflections on #AtoZChallenge

  • May 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm
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    As an experienced blogger, I find that the A to Z Challenge is a great way to try out new things or at least put a new spin on the same old thing. Congratulations on finishing! Girl Who Reads

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  • May 16, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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    I’m happy you jumped into the challenge. It is a very education experience, especially for a new blogger… if a bit daunting.
    When I took part the first time, I was shocked how many things I learned.
    And even if I’m very late: congrats on completing it ^_^

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    • May 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm
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      Thank you so much. It was daunting but we come out better on the other side. So I guess it was worth it!

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  • May 16, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Feels great no, to complete the challenge? There are always leanings along the way. Next year, I am sure we’ll see an ebook from you. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the mention. As you know, I couldn’t complete all 26 stories but aim is to publish into a book soon. Thank you for the appreciation and support. Love!

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    • May 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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      Yes it does! It was a push but really gr8 feeling at the end!

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  • May 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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    It’s such an honor to be picked as your favorite! OMG! Thank you so much! <3

    I wanted to list out my favorites too, but did not for the same reason that you almost decided not to. Shai's list definitely helped a lot, as you said.

    I feel you can still convert your posts into an eBook. As all posts are related to women and in a way are theme-specific. IMO, it does not have to be narrowed down further. But of course, this was your first A to Z. As long as you had fun 😀

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    • May 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm
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      Your writing deserves it! Yeah, contemplated putting it into an ebook but decided against it at the end, felt a little bit disjointed.

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  • May 15, 2017 at 11:50 pm
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    Glad to see I made the list! The A to Z Challenge was an absolutely wonderful experience for me as well. You can’t help but become a better, stronger writer when you do something like this.

    “Something unexpected”… I may take that as my new nickname! 😉

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  • May 15, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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    Congratulations on finishing the challenge. Last year was my first time participating in the challenge. At that time, my blog was only a few months old. I found the challenge a great way to get into a blogging routine, build content on my site and (as you did) experiment a bit. Glad you enjoyed the challenge too!

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    • May 15, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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      Thank you:) and Congratulations on completing the challenge to. Now to challenge is to use that experience and routine gained during April.

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  • May 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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    Thanks a lot Namrata. I really appreciate your support. I am sure you will definitely come up with a theme next year and an e-book. It was my first time for the challenge but I really enjoyed it despite the rush and so much to do feeling. Thanks again.

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    • May 15, 2017 at 10:36 pm
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      Yep, I feel my theme was very broad but I needed that to use as a learning curve. I wasn’t even sure about how much I liked blogging before the challenge, now I know:)

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