It is time to reflect again; and while I am not sure if my thoughts below are that, I am labeling them such – random reflections on these multiple blogging challenges I took on this last month.
My Random Reflections
- I did it again! (completed the challenge, in the nick of time!)
- And oops, I did it again (did not pre-write/schedule any posts like I hope to at the end of every year’s challenge, and once again, going at the whole shebang on the day of – well, the day before)
- Once more, and all over again, the challenge reconfirmed that when writing is not a solitary activity, it takes on a different avatar! Knowing others are with you is encouraging in itself
- And the interaction with other participants inspires on so many levels.
- Working on my themed prompt (which kind of developed and morphed as I found myself challenged, well, of course, for certain letters) was fun for sure, and totally unexpected at times.
- I used AI to generate images for a few of the pins this time around, and enjoyed the process so much that i ended up with many other images simply because I loved them!
- And also to generate blog post titles a couple of times as I played with alliteration. While the AI titles didn’t always work for me, they did give me more to work with and play with so I could arrive at the title I wanted.
- One more AI thought and then back to regular ones; AI can help, just like prompts do. We need to figure out how best to use it to our advantage while maintaining our voice and our creativity within our works.
- I have tons of visiting to do and commenting as well. Not a reflection really but something that just needs to happen! The reflective thought here is … well, I could have scheduled my posts earlier but.. (I have said it already, way too many times!)
- I was amazed at how some other bloggers seem to have it down and also totally appreciated that many visited my blog a few times though I had not been able to visit/comment more than once or twice overall. I will be doing visiting and commenting – blog tours – in the month of May. It was cool that Ronel had two different A-Z challenges going on at the same time, and I loved how Frewin explored language in his posts (one of my fav type of posts anytime!). AI peeks in here again as I talk about Misky and her cool AI images along with poetry (and I enjoyed both her visual and literary creations). There are way too many other blogs and bloggers to talk about, including Martha and Kebba from the UBC; and… well, I think I need to create a whole different post to talk about bloggers and their inspiring ways!
- This year made me doubly sure that I need to work on my posts beforehand (and maybe only keep the NaPoWriMo/APAD prompts to add on a new poem to each post at the end). So I plan to start work on next year’s A-Z much earlier than April of 2024!
- The best parts of this – the challenge itself, the community of bloggers, and the inspiration the whole activity generates!
- Challenges are fun!
The A-Z (+ more) Posts
My posts for the month are below:
- Zunday Zcribblings #145: Zooming in on Zari with amaZing Zog!
- Yam By the Yamuna: You Alone With the Yazh So Amazing
- X for eXcellent Dashavatara! + eXploring eXploding Gravy in Xanadu
- Wondrous Warli Art: Like When Clouds Touch Earth
- Voice of Vishnu Sharma: A Visit to the Wonderful Art of Intelligent Living
- Udayana: Unrivaled Love and Undefeated, Rising Up From Losses
- Tamil: Today I am a Tree-bute to this Wonderful Timeless Language
- Sunday Scribblings #144: Unfounded Fears in a Book Lover’s Mind
- Sushruta and His Stunning Staying Power
- Resolute Razia Sultana: Wonderful Ruler – Read Read Read About Her
- Quintessential Qutub Minar: Questions and More About Angels Too
- Porus the Powerful: The Peerless Protector of Places and More
- Ode to Ooty: Other Words for Paradise and More
- Nur Jahan: Narrative that Inspires No Matter the Years
- Sunday Scribblings #143: Loving with Negations and More
- Magic of Moochwala and Musical Mirrors, The
- Larger than Life Lagaan and Lifeboats With Delightful Cookies
- Kabir: The Mystic’s Master Class to Poetry and Life
- Jagadish Chandra Bose’s Genius Plus a Wonderful Journey From Jazz to Junk
- Invincible Indra: Inspired to Rhyme by Epic Tales- Imagine That!
- Heart Beats for Harihar in Big and Little Poems
- Sunday Scribblings #142: Sonnets and Scrabble Make a Super Sunday
- Gopal the Jester’s Guide to Grasping Joy in the Everyday
- Fantastic Fatehpur Sikri Says Forget Me Not
- Exceptional Ekalavya: Eb to Flow and Everything Great & Else
- Daring Durgavati and Daunting Didda: The Story of Two Queens
- Chennamma and Her Courage Dipped Out Loud of the Air
- Baba Budan’s Beans and Beautiful Blue Ever Afters
- Sunday Scribblings #141: Booked for Better or Verse
- Admiring Avvaiyar(s): For All Each One Alone Was
And Now, the End of This Post
I hope to get another post in dedicated to the blogs I enjoyed reading later this month (after a blog tour of sorts). But here is to one more successful A-Z/NaPoWriMo/poem a day/month-long blogging challenge completed for all of us..