It seems like just yesterday I was writing my Great and Powerful Blog Reveal post and now this year’s challenge is over. This was my second year in the challenge and I have to admit, I enjoyed it more the second time around. I think my history theme last year was too broad and by narrowing it to the Second World War this year, it felt like it really was a theme. All twenty-six posts truly complimented each other. I was so caught up in my theme that I couldn’t stop with just twenty-six. I wrote some A to Z Extras. All my posts including the Extras are available on my A to Z Challenge page.
I enjoyed having new people visit my blog and I found many new blogs to follow through the challenge. Thank you to anyone that visited and if you are here to stay, I welcome you. I know that I will continue to read many of the new blogs I found during the challenge.
The only part about participating in the challenge that was a challenge for me was the process to follow blogs on other platforms. My blog is on wordpress.com and when I follow another wordpress.com blog, the posts of those I follow feed directly into my reader. For other platforms such as Blogger, I would have to follow via email. I don’t want to deal with email notifications. UPDATE: One of my readers told me that I could put a blog from another platform into my “Blogs I follow” and have it come into my reader. Still learning and this is great news.
There was a post on the Blogging from A to Z website that I found via twitter about simulcasting your workdpress.com blog onto Blogger using IFTTT. It was touch and go for a while but now everything I post on workdpress.com automatically posts to a blogger page that I set up just for that purpose. Now I can go to my blogger account and set blogs to come into my reading list and I don’t have to make any effort to maintain the second blog. Here is my blogger page http://mholloway63.blogspot.com/
I have to say that I love IFTTT. It really is the greatest thing since sliced bread. If you want to know what I am talking about, here is a link to the article and a link to IFTTT.
So as I reflect on my experience this year in the A to Z April Challenge, I found some interesting blogs to read, found new people to connect with through blogging and learned a very powerful website tool. Update: Also learned I could get blogger post into my reader. I have to say it was a success.