April has ended, and with it, the A to Z 2013 Challenge! What a rush! What an outpouring of writing and talent!
Reflection time? You betcha.
I approached this year differently. I wrote two letters in a combined theme---A with B on April 1 & 2, etc. I really enjoyed this as it was a challenge and mentally entertaining.
Also challenging was keeping the posts short, two-hundred words or so. The K-L posts were the longest, since those were stories. Using less and more precise words strengthened the writing.
Playing with words and ideas—those are the joys of writing.
What others’ blog postings did I consider successful?
Topics which were universally interesting engaged me immediately. I enjoyed reading and learning about people's lives, countries, cultures, etc. Good writing is good writing, period.
What made some blog postings hard to read, thus shortening my interest?
Lengthy dense writing lost me.
Long, over-written paragraphs with no space-breaks were difficult to follow and to maintain interest.
I have migraines and my eyes suffer as a result. On my own blog, the background is almost black, the print is white, and the font is “Bookman Old”. This helps my eyes.
As a teacher, I found that using a pale blue or green was easier for students to read; the glare was reduced and the words were ‘anchored’ on the paper. Fonts and colors should be considered for readability, not for artistic value.
What made some blogs better than others?
Most people enjoy visuals, photos, cartoons, YouTube, etc. A picture truly is worth a thousand words.
The A to Z Team was awesome.
An over-used word, “Awesome”, but it applies here. I loved the daily suggestions and helpful hints found at different Team Members’ sites. I appreciated how the two-thousand participants attached their genres next to their URL.
Will I participate in the next A to Z? You betcha.