If you were expecting to be reading a new Fandango’s Provocative Question in this time slot, please forgive me. I will resume them again next week. Instead, this post is my wrap up post for the 2022 Blogging from A to Z Challenge.
The folks behind the A to Z Challenge have tasked us to reflect upon this year’s challenge. To that end, they’ve suggested that we respond to a bunch of questions. However, I’m just going to give my overall thoughts and impressions.
Back on March 9th, in my Theme Reveal post, I said that I would be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. And that is exactly what I did.
I have to admit that I winged it all month long. I know many of you who participated in the challenge had your posts — or at least a lot of them — drafted, and maybe even schedule to be published, well in advance. In my case, though, I scheduled my A to Z posts to publish at 6:00 am Pacific time each day, but I didn’t actually start to write most of them until the night before.
In fact, it was often the night before when I Googled “Movies that start with the letter ___,” where the blank was the letter of the day. So that meant a few late nights for me last month.
But in the end, it was worth it. I enjoyed rediscovering so many great movies across a number of different genres: comedy, drama, horror, science fiction, thrillers. And, based upon the comments and likes my movie posts received, it seems that many of you enjoyed them too.
On the other hand, when it came to views, my top A to Z view getter, S is for Some Like It Hot, was only my 18th most viewed post of the month.
Stats-wise, I published 166 posts last month — my highest monthly posts total since August 2020. Of course, only 26 of those were my A to Z posts. My blog received 10% more views, 11% more visitors, 16% more likes, and 14% more comments in April than it did in March. So that felt good.
For those of you who follow my blog and who also participated in the challenge, I read all of your A to Z posts and I thought you all really did a great job. So bottom line, I’m glad I stepped up again this year, my fourth consecutive year participating in the A to Z Challenge. And assuming I’m still around next year, I probably will again in April 2023.
I am looking forward to reading the Reflections posts from those of you who also participated this year.