April had been one crazy ride. Though, honestly, I can’t remember where the time went… Thankfully I had decided after the first week of craziness to write and schedule the rest of the month. Regular readers will remember that I had issues with my chickens at the start of April.
Anyhow, let’s get to how this year’s A-Z went for me.
My posts’ performance compared to previous years:
In 2016, I had a couple of comments and likes with my haphazard folklore theme. Master list with Linky lists.
In 2017, I had a surge of comments and likes with my regular blog schedule of flash fiction, short stories, folklore and writing posts. Social media centric with adding links on a live post every day on the host blog, a master list included.
In 2018, I had regular comments and likes with my everything writerly theme. Google forms with daily lists.
In 2019, I barely had any comments with my music and writing theme. Master list with Google forms.
What did I do differently?
Nothing. Each year, I start by downloading the master list, highlighting blogs I think will be interesting and then working through the list. Sometimes themes capture me and I try to keep up by visiting daily/weekly and reading, commenting and sharing the posts. I also add a link to that day’s letter in my comment to make it easy to visit back.
Possible reasons for decline in visits and comments on my blog:
- I changed from a free WordPress site to my own (still WordPress, but without the like-button so not much difference in the user-experience).
- I was higher up on the list than usual (I signed up early enough to not be somewhere in the muggy middle).
- My posts were short and to the point, gave lots of info about the artist(s)/band(s) featured with a word of the day and a couple of links for more info outside of the site and an embedded YouTube video. (Maybe people just don’t like words or music – my much longer posts of previous years did a lot better.)
- Though I tried for a diverse cast of artists/bands, maybe I just didn’t fulfil the expectations of visitors. (Maybe they prefer a non-themed approach?)
- Comments seem to disappear down a gremlin’s throat after one has commented, perhaps the heads-up at the end of posts not to worry scared people? (On my old site comments showed up immediately. This is something I’m still figuring out. Bear with me.)
- My post titles were confusing. (I was trying to be clever and funny, but whatever.)
Conclusion about my posts’ performance:
They were boring or baffling to most people. Or, like Anu from the last season of The Big Bang Theory, those who ended up on my blog and didn’t comment just don’t like music.
My experience of the A-Z as a whole this year:
- A lot of people didn’t visit and comment.
- A lot of blogs stopped with the challenge around F.
- Some never visited back – no matter how much I commented on and shared their posts on Twitter @mentioning them.
- Some blogs were so baffling, I couldn’t navigate them and gave up. (No indication what letter they were at or even if they were really participating in the A-Z – which is why I add the day’s letter badge to my posts.)
- Maybe I’m the only one who experienced this, but there was a decline in communication among bloggers participating in the challenge this year. (Or maybe they were just too bored and baffled by my posts to say anything – except my die-hard fans who visited regularly.)
- I had a rise in spam comments (so it is possible for people – and bots – to comment if they really want to).
- I learned how to create a Blogger profile to replace my Google+ profile (for those who don’t know: Google+ was discontinued officially on April 2nd).
- I met new people and connected more deeply with old friends.
- I had fun with my theme (researching, writing, reading comments, etc.).
My favourite blogs for the A-Z 2019:
- The Multicolored Diary – the folklore of fruit made my day.
- Author J Lenni Dorner – I learned a lot from the posts. Especially #WeNeedDiverseBooks.
- Curious as a Cathy – I enjoyed her sketches and it inspired me to work harder on my own drawings.
- Kalpanaawrites – her feminist haikus were amazing!
- Tasha’s Thinkings – I loved her short stories based on real-life hauntings. I learned how to write a little scarier, too!
- Green Life Blue Water – everything environmental that had me thinking outside my own world.
I enjoyed other blogs, too, but these are the ones that came to mind when I had to think of who I enjoyed visiting (and who actually visited me back and had finished the challenge).
My A-Z posts 2019
- All the A’s
- Let’s Talk Boybands
- There’s Only One C…
- Something Different
- The E
- Fleeting Fancy
- Great Music and Lyrics
- Powerful K’s
- Two Sides of the L
- So Many Amazing M’s
- More Great Music and Lyrics
- The One…
- More, Please
- Only One That Fits the Q
- Music Rush
- Something Local
- Sweet Country
- The Gifted and Unusual
- Various Artists
- Most Amazing
- Covers of My Favourites
- So Much Fun to Listen to
- Zigging and Zagging
Of course I’ll participate again next year. And going by the trends I looked at above, I think I’ll just do something I usually do on my blog. Folklore? Rottweilers? Writing? I have a lot of time to think about this and write nice and long posts, because clearly short and sweet just didn’t cut it.
I’m off to drink more coffee and do more blog hopping. How about you? Did you read my A-Z posts? What did you think? If you participated, how did you experience the A-Z this year?
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