For the last five days, I have had conflicting emotions. On one hand, I was relieved that the crazy month of April was over and I didn’t have to work at odd hours to schedule my posts. On the other hand, I missed reading and interacting with fellow bloggers who have now become a part of my extended virtual family. To spare myself the state of confusion, all that I have sincerely done since 2nd May is to catch up on my sleep. Today morning, when I saw the link for a reflection post, I jumped in to share my experience of an eventful A2Z challenge this year.
After my first successful Blogchatter A2Z challenge last year, I had written about my experience through a post filled with learnings, gratitude, and nostalgia. Last year, I had no plans in place. I was undecided on the theme until it was time to reveal it. Not a single post was based on predecided topics or written in advance (I didn’t even know that there was an option called schedule). This year I had decided to be a bit more organized in my approach since I had been waiting for the A2Z challenge for months together. I wanted to have a theme ready, wished to sort out the topics of the posts and even considered writing a few of them in advance. But old habits die hard. The plan to plan my posts stayed only in a state of planning as I dashed towards my usual last-minute execution mode.
When I started thinking about a theme two nights before the day of the theme-reveal post, I considered all the possible categories that I write about. Unfortunately, nothing seemed interesting. It was Sr. T’s idea that I write about the most relevant situation in my life at that moment which was all about Tuneer’s school admissions. I didn’t want to make the articles sound boring or coated with advice. In fact, I am the kind of flawed mother who would perfectly fit into that category of clueless parents seeing advice from the experts. So I thought of turning my harrowing experiences into humorous ones. All that I was worried about was how to stretch a topic so narrow into creating twenty-six posts. Yet whenever I sat down to write my post of the day, the fun element in reminiscing those memories helped the words flow effortlessly into a draft.
For someone who had barely written more than two posts per month in the first quarter of 2019, April gave me the perfect opportunity to get back to the groove. Amidst all this, the kid started school and I started juggling my role as a mother and a writer. But I had some amazing company in the form of fellow bloggers and the Blogchatter community. Their encouragement in the form of comments, shares, and feedback helped me stay focused. A2Z challenge is much beyond bringing down the Alexa rank or affecting DA/ PA in a positive way. It is actually about the camaraderie of the blogging community brought together by Blogchatter. It is not just about writing posts but also about reading and discovering some brilliant writers. End of the day, it is about friendships that go much beyond the virtual blogging world.
If I have to ponder over what changed in the last one month, I can safely say that I grew up in my role as a mother because of the love and support that I received from a lot of my fellow bloggers. They assured me that I was doing fine as a mother. Strangely, Tuneer also settled down in his new school (something that I never thought would happen anytime soon) after finding out that he was my muse of the month in April. Sometimes I wish that I could have planned this journey a little better. It might have stopped me from feeling stressed about completing my posts on time and moving on to read others. But that would have affected my basic traits. I am sure that I will return as a third-time participant next year and I am also confident about my last minute impulsive writings again. Yet I can safely say that I am already looking forward to some more learnings, meeting a lot more amazing bloggers and writing another reflection post in 2020.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of my journey this year. I hope to see you soon on my blog again. Until we meet again, ciao from Tuneer, Sonia and Sr. T.
All my A2Z 2019 posts are available here.
All the A2Z 2018 posts can be read here.