It was a busy Spring for me with lots of requests for custom fabric vessels. I still found time to participate in the April A to Z Challenge and crossed the finish line.
This was my 4th year participating in the A to Z April challenge. It felt a bit easier this time
in some ways, not in others. I am a very organized person
(ask anyone who knows me) so getting the posts done,
many ahead of the date which takes a lot of the pressure off, was not too tough.
All during the year I make notes of blog ideas as they pop into my head or present themselves in other ways. A conversation, a link I've followed , an artist I admire, a process that intrigues me.
I created a word document with ideas for each letter I can refer to when April rolls around from my jotted ideas. It's good to have paper & a writing utensil with you at all times!
Jeremy, your graphics are great! Thank you for the hard work on these.
As the month unfolds I find creating posts gets easier with the repetition.
That alone is worth the effort. The trick now is to carry it on through the rest of the year.
I think many of us who participate struggle with that.
The hard part this year for me was finding the time to look at other blogs, make comments, & reply to the comments on my posts. Creating a post for each day is time consuming. As an artist (or a writer) we need to carve out time for our own creative process, let alone getting involved with so many others. Is it because my art requires lots of hands on time away from a computer, where as writers are creating as well as following & responding at their computers? Dunno.
This year the main list (which I was part of) was not monitored to remove those who signed up for the challenge but did not follow through. Not a huge deal for me but I was disappointed every time I went somewhere that didn't amount to anything. Some one else mentioned to have a list by category would be helpful. I agree. Also lots of participants did not have links back to their blogs
when they commented. This was encouraged in the past.
A few of my favorite finds this year:
During the month Wendy had an alter ego, Alice, who I found delightful.
A fun poem every day.
Trudy at Reel Focus was a regular visitor & commented often.
Thanks Trudy! Plus she mentioned me in her reflection, I'm honored!
Rob from England visited.
That is one of the things I love about the challenge.
You make cyber friends all over the world.
His random posts are fun to read.
Mandy, an intrepid world traveler dropped by
from With Love about the travels of she & her husband.
Visually a lovely blog.
One more. I think Donna & I have been following each other since a couple challenges back.
She is a great writer. Her posts this year were so interesting.
Her images she used as a jumping off point were thought provoking.
Donna B McNicol, Author
Thanks Donna for being one of my regulars.
I apologize for not mentioning everyone, but you all understand I'm sure.
I think I only got a comment from one Moderator. Maybe 2.
Overall I did not get as many comments as I had hoped. Maybe my comments here will encourage more visual artists to jump on board. Overall views appeared to be down this year.
We may all be suffering from too much screen time.
The jury is out on my participation next year.