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Friday, May 01, 2015

AtoZ 2015 - REFLECTIONS of a SURVIVOR


Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess.
PHEW!!! The 2015 AtoZChallenge is finally over and I survived another year. Let me tell you, posting 26 posts for 26 days of April with Sundays off was no easy task. My theme was things around my home and I did a lot of prep work taking photos, resizing and pre-scheduling my posts well before the challenge started - a necessary step not only to maintain my sanity, but because I knew I couldn't be online everyday.

Just in case you happened to miss any of my posts or have a favourite you'd like to revisit, I've linked them all below for your convenience. Click on any letter, you never know what you might discover!

A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q
R S T U V X Y Z

I did have some issues though - halfway through the challenge, I got hit with spam and my blog got infected with a bug, something I didn't even realize until a couple of kind bloggers pointed it out to me in the comments (thank you, thank you, thank you!). Not sure how this happened, but I went back, had a good tidy up and I think the dastardly culprit has been removed. I recently had my blog scanned too for malware and none has been detected, but if you notice you get redirected somewhere odd when clicking on any of my post links, please let me know so I can investigate further (I'm still no longer having this issue when I use my iPad). I also received quite a few spammy/anonymous comments, which went straight in the bin. Sooner or later, I will completely disable anonymous commenting. I made an effort to visit at least 10+ blogs daily or every other day, beginning with the ones immediately after me. I tried to leave meaningful comments on most blogs, but some topics were just too way out there for me and it was hard thinking of something worthwhile to say, so I just left a short message notifying the blogger I had stopped by. I visited anyone who took the time to comment here. The signup list kept changing too as blogs got deleted for various reasons so I probably visited a lot more blogs than I actually accounted for. Other people lost out on comments for one or more of these reasons:

1. Additional word verification required - on Wordpress "prove you're human", on Blogger "prove you're not a robot". I found out you can bypass this step on blogger and still add your comment without ticking the box.
2. Login with a different service or create an account just to comment. I already have five online accounts (blogger, facebook, google+, pinterest and twitter), I certainly don't need anymore. Plus, I limit access to just one account only!
3. AtoZ posts were just too long to read in the time frame I allotted myself.
4. AtoZ posts were not easily identifiable.
5. Nowhere to leave a comment and/or commenting not enabled - why join the challenge if you don't want comments?
6. No AtoZ posts, or just one or two posts then no activity for more than five days or for the rest of the challenge duration. We didn't need details, but a short note on said blogs would have been nice.
7. People signed up on the list then made their blogs private only or deleted them later.
8. Blog linked to Google+ account, which had several other blogs listed under the profile. I didn't have time to sift through various blogs just to find the right one!
9. Unable to find the blogger due to no blog linked to profile, no signature, no backlink or not on AtoZ list.
10. Wordpress wouldn't post some of my comments, thinking they were spam...how rude!!!! (lol) or I couldn't get past the captcha code, even though I was inputting the correct code!
11. If your blog was noted AC, I'm afraid you did not/will not get a visit from me (no offence, but that's just my personal choice). If it was not noted in the signup list and I happened to come across such a blog, I didn't stick around either, but made a quick exit.
12. Any other reason not already mentioned.

For the most part, I enjoyed the challenge. I'm proud of myself for sticking with it to the end...that was really my goal..to prove I could do it again and still keep up with my daily routine, even though it was tough going on occasion. Braving high winds and treacherous seas, I travelled the world from my home office visiting all sorts of people and blogs (lol). Will I attempt the challenge for a third time next year? Probably not. Blogging, visiting and commenting consumes a lot of my time/energy that I feel can be better utilized elsewhere. I was somewhat disappointed too that not everyone I visited came back in return. In fact, there seemed to be a general lack of commenting on blogs all around - I have my own opinion as to why that was, but I'll keep those to myself so as not to upset anyone. On a brighter note, I gained some followers, lost a few too, got mentioned on twitter and even had some bloggers link back to my blog. A huge "thank you" goes out to those ones. I also have to say an even bigger "thank you" to Arlee and his co-hosts who did an excellent job of not only managing this event, but posted daily to their own blogs as well. Not sure how they did it...I'm completely worn out! The original AtoZ signup list is still available should you wish to visit others that took part. The list is quite extensive and I haven't gotten around to visiting everyone on it yet...I'm working towards that goal and have managed about 500+*** blogs so far. For the time being, it's easier just to visit those who like me, not only survived this year's challenge, but still had enough energy left to put up a reflections post and even join the road trip. Now that I've had my say, it's time for a much-needed hiatus and return to my irregular, infrequent ~tangents!~

***September 2015 UPDATE: Since this reflections post, I've visited all relevant blogs on the original A-Z signup up list, the Reflections linky and the Road Trip linky. I'm all A-Z'd out! My sincere thanks to everyone who not only took the time to pay me a visit, but left me comments too.***

See you next time!
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86 comments :

  1. What an excellent Reflection post. I agreee with much of what you have to say.
    I would like to congratulate you on the completion of the challenge and also for visiting me a few times.
    Yvonne.......you latest follower.

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    1. Hello nashvillecats2.
      Being a cat lover myself, any blog that had an inkling of "cat" anywhere in the title would immediately receive a visit from me. It's funny because not all those so -called "catty" ones had anything to do with cats! (lol)
      Thanks for visiting & following.

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  2. I think you hit all the irritating issues connected to commenting. Congrats on finishing.

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  3. It was indeed a wonderful Challenge. The Google+ thing drove me nuts at time. I found that people's blogs did not lead to their sites and I then had to do a search for their name to find their blogs.

    J.L. Campbell | Exploring Jamaica One Story At A Time

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    1. Hello J.L.
      And you were co-hosting too!
      I know you were especially busy but I appreciated your visits during the challenge.

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  4. Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year!

    Mary @ Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. Thank you Mary!
      I'm not so sure about next year...I'm still umming about it.
      I appreciate the visit.

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  5. Congratulations on completing the challenge! Thank you for your notes on commenting, those are really useful for us to make the challenge better for next year :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. Hello A Tarkabarka Holgy.
      Thanks for your response. I enjoyed visiting both your blogs during my AtoZ journey. The MopDog video snippet made me laugh! (lol)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I had two wordpress blogs I could not comment on. There were several blogs on wordpress that had me scrambling to find the tiny little linky to leave a comment. But I was always successful in getting to the blog and leaving a comment on all but the two. I think there were maybe two more that I just honestly couldn't think of anything to say. Their topic was just too far out of my frame of reference.

    I'm following you now, so perhaps I'll see when you infrequently pop in again! ;)

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    1. Hello again Barbara.
      Thanks for your comments. Both blogging platforms have their issues, but we make do. Yes, I'm supposed to be on a blog hiatus, but I'm still keeping an eye out for new comments and another eye on the ever growing reflections list! (lol)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I agree with your reflections. I don't understand why some people join and then make their blog so inaccessible in one way or another. Congratulations on making it through.

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    1. Hello Jo.
      Thank you and thanks for taking the time to leave a reply.

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  8. Hello! Congratulations on enduring to the end! Thank you for articulating so well the problems with leaving comments. Running into that lessened my enjoyment of the challenge, so I hope folks take note. I wish you all the best, and hope to see you next year!

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    1. Hello Lillian.
      I agree with you that the issue with commenting does dampen the joy of the challenge.
      I'm not too sure I will or even want to take part next year...there's a lot involved in committing to the challenge...I'll ponder over it during my so-called hiatus (lol).
      Thank you for taking the time to visit.

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  9. Thank you for your comment in my blog.
    Congratulations on completing the challenge!

    I agree with you that short posts are much better than long ones.

    Letters from the Land of Cherry Blossoms

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    1. Thank you Romi C!
      I appreciate your visit here today.

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  10. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who avoided websites marked AC, lol. my list of why I didn't comment is slightly smaller -- long posts didn't deter me if they were well written, but I did visit a couple blogs where three sentences in, I didn't know what I was reading because it was technical/professional jargon that I didn't understand. And a couple of links sent you to cluttered websites and not the blog, and the website layouts were not something that encouraged me to look for a blog...a few were posting letters out of order? I'm a pattern/schedule oriented person; I respect that not everybody is like that but the alphabet out of order was offputting.

    @Get Lost in Lit

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    1. Hello Idea-ist.
      I echo everything you said and more (as you can tell from my reflections). It's a real shame, because it kind of takes away some of the joy of the challenge.
      I appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time to visit.

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  11. Congratulations on finishing!

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  12. Great reflection post! You've hit the nail on the head with the reasons why the challenge may not have worked sometimes. This was my first year taking part, and I thoroughly enjoyed it :). Congratulations on finishing! You deserve some time to relax now :)!

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    1. Thanks Rachel.
      I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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  13. Your points are so on the money! I found some of these issues to be a pain in my side, too. Blogging, visiting, commenting, and commenting on the comments are very time-consuming tasks. I do plan to do this next year making it #3 for me, but I hope to be in a better position when entering the challenge so to not get too overwhelmed and to handle the 4-aspects mentioned with more ease. I commend you for completing the challenge and totally understand why you're reluctant to not return, but if you do then you'll be all the wiser in 2016. PS: I would have visited sooner, but for some odd reason your comment was thrown in my "Spam" folder. Have a good week & God bless!

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    1. Hello Cathy.
      I had a bit of a time with some of the wordpress blogs not even letting me post my comment because I was presumed to be spam! Some had word captcha on too and even though I input the correct captcha, it kept saying incorrect captcha...very annoying at times. Thank for visiting...I'm glad you found me, even if I was in your Spam! (lol)

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  14. One interesting thing about the A to Z challenge was the incentive to visit blogs I wouldn't ordinarily have considered -- subject matter wildly out of my realm. Yours was one of those! Interesting, too, your observations about the blog tour part of the challenge: in some ways even more challenging than the posting itself!

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    1. Hello Dan N Jaye. I'm glad you reconsidered and came looking for me. I quite agree with both and Cathy that making one's way through the original list of some 1500+ blogs is definitely challenging. That's why I'm just taking my time and meandering through the list at my own pace throughout the upcoming months. I'm glad your boat made it over to these shores and thank you for taking the time to write. ;-)

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  15. Driving through on the A to Z Road Trip. I love your challenge. I am starring your blog and coming back again and again. You are speaking to me lady!! Love the reflection posts. I agree with you on almost everything.

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    1. Hello Paula.
      Thank you for the kind comment. It makes me smile that you are enjoying my blog. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will come back soon. ;-)

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  16. All of the problems you mentioned are common complaints. The blogs set to private really threw me off. Maybe they forgot their blogs were private? But still it was a pain and I encountered a lot of them.

    Write with Fey

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    1. Hello Chrys.
      I agree...not sure what's up with those private blogs!!! The challenge did have its challenges! (lol)
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  17. I had some of the same issues you did...tried to visit back someone who left me a comment, only to find there was no easy way to leave a comment on his/her post. But I tried!

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    1. Hello Elizabeth.
      Oh I hear you about commenting! I had/am still having a terrible time trying to leave comments or even find where to comment. It's gotten to the stage where if I have to exert too much effort then I'm just not going to bother.
      I appreciate you stopping by.

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  18. Hello, and thanks for your visit. I do agree that G+ profiles are a nightmare! :) I personally like to visit blogs about subjects different from my own, but locating such blogs isn't easy when few people use the codes...Congrats to you on finishing and a very succinct reflections posts, sums up the issues with commenting neatly.

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana.

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    1. Hello Nilanjana. This year, I found many did not use the codes and I came across several blogs that were AC but were not marked as such. I had already determined not to visit those blogs. It makes it more difficult when participants do not stick to the guidelines. I appreciate your comment and return visit.

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  19. Hi and thanks for tracking me down. I love finding new bloggers and this gives me a chance to do just that. Sorry about the ACs not being marked. I resent that, and the Teams do try to ferret those sites out, so they either are marked or are deleted.

    See you again I hope.
    C. Lee
    http://cleemckenziebooks.com

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    1. Hello C. Lee McKenzie.
      I appreciate your help in trying to keep the challenge "clear and clutter-free".
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  20. You make some really good points about some commenters on the challenge, and especially profiles that can't be found. It's so frustrating to try to search out some of those folks. Sorry it took me so long to visit back--another busy weekend. I like how you linked all your posts to this one. Very clever idea and makes it easy for the Road Trip!

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    1. Hello Shell Flower.
      I know how frustrating it was to find some AtoZ posts during my journey around the challenge, so I thought I'd make it easier for other bloggers to find my posts should they wish to read them. It was nice of you to notice.
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to stop by.

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  21. Congratulations on completing the challenge!

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  22. Great reflections post. Congrats on finishing the challenge. You did hit on a few things I found irritating too, but overall I enjoyed the challenge and will be doing it again next year You can write your posts a month or two in advance and schedule them you know. It makes it much easier once the challenge starts.

    I blocked all anonymous commenters years ago. And got rid of the CAPTCHA. I still have not found a way to comment on Google+ blogs so any I visited didn't get a comment from me even though I read the post. There were too many on the list to visit but I did do at least ten a day too. I'm trying to visit the ones on the reflections list now.

    The first thing I do is visit EVERYONE who has visited me and that goes for always, not just during the challenge. After that, I start picking random blogs to visit as time permits.

    IMO, it's not the time for a long hiatus, even if you're tired. You owe it to your followers to post something at least once a week. Yes, I know it's a lot to keep up with but I've been doing it for four years for two blogs so I know you can do it too.

    Thanks for stopping by mine today.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hello Sunni.
      I too had a hard time with G+ comments. Some blogs just made it too hard to even locate the comment button so as a result, they got none.
      I was never a regular blogger to begin with...I usually only post anything when I've got something meaningful to say or share. I started this blog purely as a hobby and that is how it will remain. I appreciate your visit and thank you for the feedback.

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  23. Congratulations on completing the challenge! Interesting theme you had and I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to visit much, Good thing there's the road trip. ☺ It's puzzling why anyone would join, then set their blogs to private or not allow comments! Hope you didn't have any problems with my WP site. There will always be some issues between Blogger and WP, as they're completely different platforms. Thanks for dropping in earlier. Happy Trails!

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    1. Hello Debbie.
      I'm glad you finally found me! ;-) As far as I recall, I didn't have any issues with your site. I recently had to change my blog to private, only temporarily though, so I could perform some much needed maintenance, but I did let my readers/followers know by posting a notification on twitter, fb & g+. Thanks for the comment and for taking the time to stop by.

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  24. Totally agree - if people make it too hard to comment, I tended to not bother - I don't want to muck around going through various screens to leave a comment!
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Debbie.
      I agree about the commenting. Thanks for visiting.

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  25. Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

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  26. I'm glad for the road trip invitation and the possibility to now meander more slowly through the list at my leisure. This was my first year playing and the novelty and delight of it all totally outweighed it all, and so truthfully I didn't find many of the challenges you did with commenting. Thanks for linking directly to all your posts here - that was a nice convenience and so I've randomly poked around a bit. Fun! I appreciate you stopping by my blog and saying hello.

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    1. Hello Deborah.
      Finding some AtoZ posts on other blogs was challenging in itself and sometimes it was hard to distinguish if a particular post was intended for the challenge or not. I didn't want my visitors to experience that hence the linking right up front for them to see. I hope you enjoyed poking around. Thanks for the visit and for taking the time to comment.

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  27. Good luck on your road trip. I found many blogs that match your list, especially ones where commenting was just too darn difficult.

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  28. Congrats on completing the challenge! Technical problems are the worst--glad you got it sorted out.

    Thanks for stopping by on the road trip!

    Yvonne

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    1. Thanks Yvonne!
      It was quite stressful at times, one glitch after the other, but I think I've found the problem(s) and everything seems to be ok for now. Appreciate your visit here today.

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  29. That's a lovely reflection post. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I tried to get to as many as I could but accepted it was an impossible task due to the number of partipants. I've signed up for the road trip and want to set myself a plan to be able to complete it before next year's challenge. And yes I'm going to do it again!

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    1. Thank you Wendy & you're welcome!
      Wishing you all the best on the road trip. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  30. Hi,
    Congratulations on completing the challenge! I missed your blog, but now that I am on the road trip, I will be able to enjoy your postings.
    I agree that some posts were much too long. I thought most were going to keep it at a minimum of 300 words, but for many that wasn't the case.
    Now that I follow you on NetworkedBlogs, I will be able to read your blog at my leisure.
    So take care and I'll see you around.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

    P.S. I like the music that you have accompanying your posts. Great!

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    1. Thank you Pat!
      I hope you'll find something interesting within my various "mewsings" (lol)
      Yes, Omar's music is quite a favourite of mine. I made sure to keep the volume down quite low too so as not to blast the ears off anyone visiting! ;-)
      Thanks for the return visit. I hope you'll pop back again sometime soon.

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  31. Thank you for stopping by on the Road Trip and for your advice on commenting. :) As you can see it is something I am working to improve on. ;)

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    1. Hello Melissa.
      You're welcome! Sometimes, a short "hello" or "thanks for sharing" will usually suffice, especially on those topics that are really hard to comment on.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  32. Hello! Congratulations on completing the challenge.

    Sorry to hear about the glitches... unfortunately I did get a re-direct to a spam advert as I clicked on the "Continue" link for this post on the home page...

    I only visited a handful of blogs and I also had problems identifying posts related to the A-Z challenge, or they were incredibly long or there wasn't anything there!
    I love that yours is so well organised - I need to come back at a more reasonable hour and have a proper look as I really do like the idea of your theme.

    Take care

    BooksChatter (I did not take part this year!)

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    1. Hello Books Chatter.
      I'm so sorry about the redirects...I just had my blog scanned earlier today by Sucuri and VirusTotal and no malware was found. After your comment, I went back and double-checked some of my javascript entries and I think I found the dastardly culprit...it has been removed, banished forever! Hopefully this should resolve the problem. I appreciate that you didn't let that deter you and took the time to comment. I hope you will have a more enjoyable visit next time. ;-)

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  33. Thanks for stopping by my blog on the road trip and congrats on finishing the challenge! It is nice to see someone make an effort to visit everyone despite all the commenting issues you've come across. I also encountered some that were just too long to read through and a few that I was unsure of what to comment. By the end of April, I was starting to pick up on at least letting people know I had stopped by, but I am still learning. By the way, I like the pleasant background music :)

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    1. Hello Elizabeth!
      Commenting seemed to be much more of an issue this year than last. Some bloggers just made it too hard to even leave comments. After a while, I got fed up and just didn't bother. The music is by Omar Akram, which is quite a favourite of mine...I'm glad you like it. Thanks for taking the time to pay me a visit too.

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  34. Hi there! Sorry for the belated visit...I'm making the rounds very slowly. I have done a few clicks on your A to Z and I think you had a really fun theme! I love this idea and will be back to read some more! I also like your music :-) A-to-Z-er Jetgirl visiting via Forty, c'est Fantastique

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    1. Hello Jetgirl.
      Oh my...you're not at all late...I'm just happy you found me amongst the over 1500 blogs! (lol) My theme this year was not my original choice. The deciding factors were those pesky Q, X, Y, Z words which are so hard to blog about. I need to find my Scrabble dictionary! I used to play the piano when I was younger and have always found it soothing. Omar Akram is one of my favourites. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

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  35. Thanks for coming to visit me! I love your A-Z theme. Might have to steal that ... er, do an homage to you ... next year. ;)

    I hope you didn't have any of those problems in commenting on my blog. I think I have it simplified, but I never know if other people are getting the same screens and messages I do when I check it out.

    Following you on Twitter, Ms. David!

    Marian Allen, Author Lady
    Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

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    1. Hello Marian.
      My theme can also be your theme...no homage necessary (lol). My theme actually helped me to declutter my cupboards and recesses...something I've been meaning to do but never found the time until April...it's amazing what one can find when one starts looking! As far as I recall, yours was not a blog I had any issues with. I appreciate your taking the time to stop by.

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  36. You were wise to write posts ahead of time. Thanks for stopping by my groups blog.

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    1. Thank you Darla!
      Thank goodness too for Blogger's pre-scheduling capability...it's the only way I was going to survive the crazy month of April. BTW, your kitty profile is too cute (I just love cats)! Thanks for visiting.

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  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you finished the challenge. Looks like you had an interesting topic. I will have to return here to look at all the a to z posts you provided.
    Cheers!

    PS - A lot of the problems you had above, I also had.

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    1. Thank you Jeffrey!
      I had mentioned to another blogger that I seemed to have a lot more problems this year than last. Oh well...we keep on muddling through. I appreciate your visit and hope you'll pop over again sometime.

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  38. You have covered most issues I faced with 'commenting' during the challenge. Glad that you could sort out the 'bug' issues. Hope you join in the next year as well! Cheers :)

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    1. Hello Archana.
      Commenting was a real hassle this year. As for the bug issue, I'm not too sure it's fixed. I'm still receiving reports from bloggers that when they visit, they are asked to download some program or other. This is quite a concern so I'm still working on trying to resolve the problem. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  39. It's hard when the spam comes in. Glad you made it through the challenge though. :)

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    1. Thanks J Lenni Dorner!
      Spam was definitely on the rise during the challenge. I still get some spam, but it's nowhere near the volume I got during April. Thanks for popping by.

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  40. That sucks that you got spam and had issue with your blog! Glad you got it fixed. I also hate when people with Wordpress have my comments show up as spam. It's kind of annoying, and I don't usually go back and comment again. Same as you, I hate having to have a bunch of different sign ins. Thanks for going to visit my final post this late after the challenge ended.

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    1. Thanks Lisa.
      Things happen unexpectedly.
      Even though the craziness of the A-Z Challenge is over, there's still the Road Trip, which I have joined. We actually have the rest of the year to make merry visits to some/all those bloggers who originally signed up. My goal is to visit everyone and I'm already bout 3/4 of the way through the list, but even that list has its issues with private blogs, blogs since deleted or comments closed. Even my patience has it limits!
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  41. Hey, thanks for reflecting and sharing. 2015 was my first A to Z Challenge and I had such a good time to designing a theme around my art that fit perfectly with the A to Z Challenge to actually sticking to some sort of posting schedule. I blogged in real time so no advance posts were created which works for my style and thought process. I would totally do it again next year! What will be your posting schedule now? How much time off did you need after such an intense writing schedule? What are you working on now?

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    1. Hello Jolyn.
      Congratulations on completing your first A-Z Challenge!
      I am unsure if I will take part again next year. As I have previously mentioned, keeping up with blog visits/commenting consumes a vast amount of time and I have found that most bloggers don't return the favour. I did take a kind of a hiatus, but I kept my eyes open for new commenters as well during my break. I am not a frequent blogger and I usually only post when I have something of importance to share. I wish you all the best for next year!
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts.

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  42. Bad luck on the virus and spam! I got a couple of spam hits, but nothing over the top. I also had many of the same issues you did - blogs missing or not posting, asking to sign up to something, not liking my comments, no response to comments etc. With the time it takes to prepare the posts, plus visit as many blogs each day as possible it is certainly time consuming. I also don't think I'll participate next year for those reasons.

    Kudos to you for being so diligent and checking in with everyone! I didn't get to everyone, but I visited as many as a I could each day of the challenge. Thanks for stopping by at my blog so long after the event =)

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    1. Thanks AJ.
      Blogging and commenting one's way through the humongous list of participants is certainly daunting, but I did set myself a goal to visit as many as possible before the start of the 2016 challenge. I've probably managed to work my way through 3/4 of the list thus far.
      This year does seem to have a far greater share of issues than last year. It must be a nightmare for the hosts who have the responsibility of making sure everyone sticks to the rules!
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave me a comment.

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  43. Dropping by to say thanks for the visit over at Quiet Laughter earlier this month, and sorry it took me this long -- it's been a hectic couple of weeks. You're so brave for keeping up the A-to-Z visiting... I'm horrible at that, haha. You raise great points in this Reflections post; I think all of us run up against these things, and they're horribly frustrating. Ah, well. It's part of any blog hop, I suppose -- especially one as huge as the A-to-Z. Still, among the chaff there's plenty of good, golden wheat to be found. (Case in point right here, hehe.)

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks Guilie!
      I firmly believe in letting my yes mean yes and my no, no...I made a commitment when I signed up for the A-Z challenge that I would visit all relevant blogs on the signup list. Thankfully, I'm all caught up and finished with all the A-Z lists. So I'm happy I kept my word. And you're not at all late. I'm glad you found me amongst all the chaff! ;-)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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