Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Reflecting on the 2020 A to Z Challenge

This was my 6th consecutive year of completing the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge and it was my toughest. (For a list and links to all my A to Z posts over the years, click here.)

I almost didn't participate this year because I wasn't ready. My theme was planned and topics for each letter outlined, but no posts written. From past experiences, I knew that the challenge is not as enjoyable without time to visit other blogs. In fact, at the end of last year's challenge, I set some goals for 2020...
  • Have my posts ready before April
  • Link up on other social media 
  • Visit more blogs 
  • Leave comments on more blogs
How'd I measure up?
  • Not even one ready
  • I thought about it... once
  • Sadly, no
  • Didn't do that either

Early in the year I tried to prepare posts, but only managed to write what I later deemed as garbage and deleted.

I lost count of how many drafts I dumped.

Two days before the challenge started, someone talked me into jumping in, ready or not. So I did.

Six days into the challenge a health issue arose (mentioned in my O post) which lasted over 18 days. Writing kept me anchored and gave me something else to focus on besides pain, so I kept plugging away at the alphabet.

When I planned my theme (Humor in film--what makes me laugh) I had no idea how badly I would need laughter in April. It truly was the best medicine.

The challenge turned out to be a sanity-saver.

I intend to join in again next year.

And I have another movie-based theme planned...


  1. I enjoyed your theme this year. Whatever you did, it worked. Congratulations on completing the Challenge!

  2. @John ... Thank you! I appreciate the thoughts you shared on the topics! I have several more movies I want to watch, based on your input.

  3. With everything going on right now, I thought the challenge was a great distraction. Congrats on finishing! Weekends In Maine

  4. @Weekends in Maine ... Thanks! It feels good to finish. Whew.

  5. Glad you finished. I enjoyed reading your posts. You reminded me of some pretty funny movies!

    Janet’s Smiles

  6. @janet ... After writing these posts, there are a lot of funny movies I want to see again.

  7. Yeah for another challenge next year! You manage this one really well, and I hope you are recovering completely.

  8. @Frederique ... Thanks! I think I've recovered completely... I'm not in pain, so that's a good sign.