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Sunday, May 8, 2016

In the Marry Month of May 2016

May 8 - Sundays are good days to reflect.

It has been a week since I finished the Blogging from A to Z Challenge with my musical abecedarium.  I had a lot of fun trying to come up with a musical word or something that I could tie into the musical theme with every letter of the alphabet.   I think I did a pretty good job.  In case you are interested, here is a list of what I came up with:

A = A Cappella
B = Bell
C = Cowboy Jack
D = Drums
E = Eight Track Tape
F = Funiculi Funicula
G = Guitar
H = Harmony
I = In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
J = Jazz
K = Keyboard
L = Lyric
M = Mother
N = Note
O = Ode
P = Pickstrap Picks
Q = Quartet
R = Radio
S = Saxophone
T = Ticket
U = Ukulele
V = Venue
W = Woodstock
X = Xylorimba
Y = Yodel
Z = ZZ Top

Just click on any one and it will take you to the post for that letter.

In this reflection post, the organizers of the A to Z Challenge ask us for suggestions, tips, anything that we liked or did not like about the challenge.  It was the first time I had done an abecedarium and I really had fun.  Some things that I found helpful were:  planning at least half of the letters beforehand.  Even if I didn't have the complete post written up, at least having the main theme of the letter was a time saver.  I don't think I would have been able to complete it had I not done so.  Having Sundays as "free" days was great too.  One of the weeks I was really busy with my "real" job and having Sunday as a catch up day meant I was able to keep on track without falling behind.

I  have learned a couple of good tricks for next year from Natalie at "There She Goes," such as making a list of the blogs I liked and trying to visit different ones every day.  I did follow quite a few if I found I liked them and they started showing up in my news feed but after the first few days, I really didn't look past them and I think that since there were about 1000 participants, I should have visited a few more.

I do appreciate all the comments I got from everyone and I liked the fact that the organizers kept the "spam" and riff-raff posts at bay.  All in all, I have to say that it was a very educational experience in a lot of ways as well, not just the things I learned from doing my own posts (like xylorimba) but also the things I learned from others.  I have added quite a few books to my "to-read" list thanks to some of the posts I read, heard some good music from others and had a laugh or two over a cup of coffee!  I even went on a trip to Manhattan, and watched some old TV shows.

I say hats off to all the participants and I hope we can do it again next year!  How about you?  Did you have fun reading my posts?  Find any other interesting folks to follow?


  1. Hey Janet, great Reflections post! And thanks so much for the shout-out and providing a link to my blog. That's so nice of you!
    I'm so glad you provided a list of your A-Z posts because there were definitely some I missed and for sure I want to go back and read them, which I will this week.

    I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the Challenge. And so glad that you found the list to be clean.

    The best part of the challenge for me is meeting new people and making new friends. I'm so happy we connected and I look forward to staying in touch and reading your blog on a regular basis. I'm signing up to follow you by email. :)

    Congrats on completing the challenge. So glad it was a good experience for you! Talk soon.

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks Michele! I have added your blog too!

  2. Great reflection Janet. I certainly enjoyed reading your posts. Natalie's system of visiting posts is really helpful isn't it - I'll be incorporating that next time for sure. But even though the challenge is over, I'm still enjoying visiting a few links every day. There's so much good stuff out there, and as you said - so much to learn and enjoy.

    1. Yes, Deborah, with so many participants, I'm sure I missed something great. It's nice to be able to go back and check them out.

  3. Glad the challenge worked out for you. The list is still up, so you can visit more participants at a slower pace.

  4. Congrats on completing the challenge :) I definitely think having the posts planned in advance helps and it frees up some time to visit the other blogs too


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