I can scarcely believe that another April has come and gone! Though I don’t always write a reflections post, I thought I’d do so this year as some things nagged at me all month.
Doing folklore posts are definitely the way to go — they stay relevant even after the A-Z is done.
Creating folklore posts based on a challenge means thinking hard on what to include and what to leave off the list. It also helps with creating future lists.
I definitely need to have my posts complete before April starts. All the scrambling to get each post ready before it goes live meant visiting others was quite erratic.
According to Google Analytics, the average time spent on a post is 59 seconds — which means that most people didn’t read before liking or just leaving.
Some people only “liked” posts, which is fine, but if their Gravatar doesn’t link to their site, I can’t visit.
Some people blogged on closed sites, such as Medium. As I’m not interested in creating an account there, I couldn’t comment.
And then there are those who never visit back… I always leave a “calling card” in my comments (name, relevant blog title with link embedded) to make things easy.
If I’m only looking for new visitors, followers and comments, this was a hard fail. But if I’m just looking to create evergreen content, it was an easy A.
Though there were people who only skimmed, I’m not hugely disappointed: my posts are meant for a specific audience and if they found my posts, they became immerged in the experience and read through older posts, too (according to Google Analytics).
I’ll be doing “An A-Z of Faerie” next year. Maybe with a twist?
My A-Z of Faerie 2021
A – Anubis
B – Black Sun
C – Cunning Cats
D – Dangerous Dryads
E – Elementals
F – Fickle High Fae
G – Goblins
K – Kappa
L – Ly Ergs
O – Odin
P – Paladin
S – Solitary Fae
T – Tooth Faeries
U – Unnatural Magic (necromancy)
W – The Ultimate Fae Warrior (Cian the Assassin)
Y – Hungry Yumboes
Z – Zipping Sprites
My Favourite A-Z Blogs 2021
The Multicolored Diary — folklore galore!
Black and White — mythical and imaginary places.
The Other Side — folklore monsters.
The Great Raven — Greek mythology
What Are They — book and blog recommendations
These blogs gave me ideas of what I could do in future A-Z posts (if it ever happens that Faerie runs out of creatures…).
My Top Commenters A-Z 2021
Some of my posts received no comments, but for those who did, this lot nearly always commented.
Anne Nydam from Black and White
Olga Godim from Olga Godim Writing
Zalka Csenge Virág from The Multicolored Diary
Anne Doucette from Anne Higa
Timothy S Brannan from The Other Side
They always left thoughtful comments that added to the conversation.
How was your A-Z this year? What did you experience? What did you blog about? Any questions?
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