Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Monday, 6 May 2019

⌗AtoZ Challenge April 2019, REFLECTIONS, Day 1, May 6th.

The A to Z Challenge is now over. I will still be visiting blogs, mostly from M onwards. So please keep your comments OPEN.

If you would like to know more about the A to Z Challenge and maybe join next year,  go here

The 10 years of the A to Z Challenge,   go here
  1. What did you love about the challenge this year?
The number of interesting blogs I discovered. Maybe you yourself, missed the following:

A special mention to Sonia Dogra' s A Hundred Quills ( go here ) with very different articles, stories and poems;  
Roland Clarke 's Writing Wings ( go here )with its short stories and amazing links,  
and the Gigglingfattie's blog  ( go here ) with its colourful children's alphabet carpet. 
We struck up quite long ongoing conversations with these ! 
Some blogs I discovered later on. Special mention to Fandango 's This, That, and the Other      ( go here ) 
and iScriblr for her passionate posts ( go here ).

  1. 2 ) What would you change about it?
Well, I would say, posting every other day ! But then it would not be the April Challenge anymore ! So how about it ? March-April or April-May and call it the A to Z Spring Challenge ? After 10 years, now is maybe the time to change some things ? Only a suggestion ! We bloggers have families, other things we need to do !
  1. 3 ) What was the best moment for you during this year's challenge?
I could say the end ! ! ! But half-way through would be closer to the truth : once you are launched and determined to finish thanks to the encouraging Host Posts every day and all the wonderful people who stop by , read and take time to comment.

  1. 4 ) What is the best comment your blog got during the challenge, and who left the comment?
Very difficult one. How do I answer it without hurting someone else 's feelings ? So I'll put two!

 'Wow Susan. Simply loved it. I’m putting it on Twitter.' from Sonia Dogra 'à propos' my post on 
V is for Victory.

and  'Powerful words – and great links.' from Roland Clarke about my post on R is for Robot. 

  1. 5 ) Will you do the challenge again?
Certainly, all ready for next year, my second time ! Maybe after 10 years I won't be as enthusiastic !
  1. 6 ) Was it well organized and were the hosts helpful? (Did you fill out the after survey?)
It was very well organised and I always read the Host Posts and tried to follow the guidelines which were all very helpful. A special thanks to Tarabata Högly for her posts.
  1. 7 ) How did you and your blog grow, change, or improve as a result of this challenge? Did you find new blogs out there to enjoy?
So the new blogs, see question 1. Found about 25 new blogs that I am now following.
My blog grew because I had individual people in mind, an audience to adjust my posts to. What would be interesting ?
My blog changed : before I posted mostly poems and photos. Now I still post poems, but also short stories and articles. Plus I put links to films, articles, music as well as photos.
So I hope it is more interesting and has improved to the boot.
  1. 8 ) Were you on the Master List? (If you did the challenge last year, was it better this time without the daily lists?)
Yes, I was on the Master List. So I chose a few blogs before the Challenge to comment on regularly...but I found myself spending more time visiting people who had visited me and left comments...Kindred Spirits ?
  1. 9 ) Any suggestions for our future?
Keep it up and let Arlee Bird have a real rest, even though he wasn't Captain, he seemed to be ever working !
  1. 10 ) Any notes to the co-host team? A word of thanks to Jeremy for all his hard work on the graphics? A picture with your A to Z shirt, if you ordered one?
I would like to thank the whole team again. I usually thanked them every day for their Host Post, but maybe they did not visit me ! So thank you J Lenni, Jeremy, I loved the badges !, Jayden, Zalka and John whose blogs I managed to visit several times, and Arlee for making all this possible.

Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful Reflections Day.
See you all very soon.

Susan Baury Rouchard.


  1. I thought that I had thanked you for that mention in your excellent Reflection post. Many thanks anyway.

    1. Roland I have two blogs, one on Wordpress and one on Blogger, so comments on one do not follow to the other ! If you are following both and visit alternately then of course it must seem a bit of a muddle !
      Rest assured that you are not going crazy ! I, myself think I have replied to someone and have not in fact ! Most of your comments appear on Wordpress. My link-up for the A to Z was on Blogger. But if you are on Wordpress, it found me and transferred you try Wordpress site !
      My archives since January 2013 are only on Blogger. When Google+ said it was shutting down, I thought Blogger would be shut down too, so I created Life in Poetry on WordPress. Then, so as not to lose my archives I kept Blogger and posts the same on both. My audience is mostly on Wordpress but for some groups like the IWSG, most people are on Blogger !
      Have a lovely weekend.

    2. That explains what happened to confuse me.

  2. What a wonderful reflection post! I'm yet to do mine! ;)

    1. Thanks Richa. Send me an email with a link to yours.
      Have a lovely week.

  3. The half way point is a great feeling - you know if you've made it that far, there's no going back lol

  4. Thanks Debbie. Still to visit some of your posts. My notification emails are piling up and I’m only managing 2 or 3 a day, what with all the replies to comments and new posts from AtoZ and non AtoZ bloggers !
    Have a nice week.

  5. I had not heard of the A to Z challenge before reading your posts. I will look into for next year. I am stopping by from the 31 days survivors group.

  6. I didn't do this one but I loved 31 Days, maybe next time.

  7. Thank you Liz and ‘alsoadaughter’.
    I haven’t heard of the 31 days, is that the same group that did the 28 days in February ? Anita ?
    Have a lovely weekend.

  8. Thank you so much for your excellent observations and suggestions. I still work at the A to Z a lot, but I do have to give the real credit to the team members who did so well keeping things going again this year.

    So glad that you were able to join us in this 10th annual Challenge and look forward to your return in 2020!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  9. Thanks Arlee. Keep following. How is the Band of Bros. Going, haven’t visited in a while.


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