Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Reflections on A to Z(ed) challenge
Time to reflect about the April Challenge.
I am so glad Wendy talked me into it and Edwina kept us company.
I had originally planned to use the theme of Depression - but them seemed too, well, depressing.
Then, one morning, I was looking at the quilt of my bed. The one my students had made for me and I noticed the oars looked like the letter X.
I started to go through the alphabet and saw that I had a square (or two, or three) for every letter.
It was the right time to blog about this quilt, even though it had been gifted to me almost three years ago. I had been thinking about totally retiring from teaching - no more subbing. I had recently experienced some disastrous subbing days. I needed to remember what I loved about teaching and the good lessons I had given and taken part in. This challenge helped heal the hurt of those teaching days in March.
As usual when I am taking part in a challenge I notice my readership goes up - averaging between 150-200 hits a day. I love reading comments from new readers and would go check out their blogs when they took the time to respond to mine.
I also love challenges because they help me find new blogs to read in the morning with my coffee.
I tried to read five new blogs a day and returned to the ones that spoke to me. Here are a few that I enjoyed very much:
Lynnelives - sketching genius
Good Woman - we have soooo much in common
Shells, Tales and Sails brilliant A-Z about inventions by women
Musings with Marianne - how could I not with that name?
Stories I Found in the Closet - great theme on Characters you have never heard of
Breathe Me - again - love the title!
I will definitely participate again next year, and I will use a theme because that made the daily posts easier - plus I could plan ahead which is always a good idea.
I never felt at a loss for words - and having a picture, or three, for each post was helpful.
I have learned that shorter posts are better, because when I go to visit another blog, long, long posts don't hold my interest - so I keep that in mind to take my own advice.
At the end of this challenge I reconnected with two students from my first class - they are travelling in Chile - he is a film-maker, and she is a wonderful writer. They are blogging their travels - please check out their blog. The pictures of the volcanic eruption in Chili that they witnessed close up is worth the trip!
Moments of Wander
I am one proud teacher.