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Challenges Completed! What is Next, I Wonder?

Yay!! I did it… I completed the Blogging from A to Z Challenge  and the Ultimate Blog Challenge – April 2018.


This year of participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge marks my second year of doing so. And it is fun. I also do a perpetual A to Z challenge with the ABC Wednesday weekly meme and each round leads me to finding and trying new themes for the alphabet, and it is always fun!
So, it is two years of A to Zing in this challenge completed now (last year’s Reflecting post has my links to all of last year’s posts – the theme was favorite childhood memories)
My theme this year for the A to Z Challenge was ‘Within Books‘. You can check out more about the theme itself in my theme post – the first link below. And you can check out what I discovered within books for each letter of the alphabet as well.

While I will be doing a Reflections post for the A to Z challenge in a week’s time, this post is a mini-reflections and a look-forward post.

These challenges mean a few things to me and while there will be more in the Reflections post a week from now, this is an overview:

  • the obvious – blogging or attempting to post everyday
  • the other perks –
    • interacting with a wonderful community of bloggers in both these challenges (many doing both of them like me)
    • connecting with blogger friends from earlier and making new friends in the blogger world
    • and just being part of it all
  • Congratulations to all for having completed the challenges and a Big Thank You as well to all the AtoZers and UBCers for your support always!

As I get away from the blogging challenges I completed in April, I plan to focus on other aspects of my blog this month. While I will continue to feature books and short stories as part of my weekly posts for ABC Wednesday and for other reading challenges I am participating in, I am going to start posting about all those other headings on my blog that have been neglected for a while now.

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Some blogs from across these challenges I want to mention are below (though I might not have visited often and commented even lesser this month on your posts, I love your blogs, always):

  • Martha always inspires me with her energy and she blogs about a little bit of everything at her blog – The Martha Review.
  • Jeanne blogs about the practice of hygge currently on her blog and focuses on finding peace, happiness, and warmer connections with family and friends through her blog.
  • Alice always has wonderful stories to tell – from her life and from all around her, and features inspirations every once in a while in the form of everyday heroes and more at her blog – Alice’s Grand Adventures – and they are grand indeed.
  • And I cannot miss Roy – his posts teach me so much and if I have not thanked him in my comments on his posts, here is another big thank you to Roy for all that I learn from his blog – Cerebrations.
  • Seema’s blog is a newly discovered one and such a delightful find for me. Her totally beautiful artwork enhance her wonderful posts about travel and more each time. Check her blog out at the Lonely Canopy.
  • Linda Ann Nickerson blogs poetry over at her blog Nickers and Ink, and never fails to astound me (and make me smile) with her posts.
  • Su-sieee! Mac and her stories and art are alive – with color, humor, and her passion and her insights – you can check her posts at The View from the Top of the Ladder.
  • Meg Jerrard  is a travel blogger extraordinaire! and you can read about her travel-adventures at Mapping Megan.
  • Susan Velez breaks down the basics of blogging and related social media for you; her step-by-step tutorials will make it easy for newbies (and oldies) to tackle the world of blogging, as she says herself – ‘I Make Blogging Easier
  • If you are a fan of Legos, and even if you are not, this blog will make you one easily – as I said in my recent comment on his post, a true Lego super hero – creative to the core and a touch of humor in his posts each day – check out True North Bricks.
  • And last but not the least, Shalini at Shalzmojo is likely a (more talented)kindred spirit!

40 thoughts on “Challenges Completed! What is Next, I Wonder?

  1. Congrats Vidya on a challenge (or should I say 2 challenges) well done! It’s been a fun month but then again, when there’s a challenge it’s always fun! Thanks for the shoutout and all the comments and shares you have given my blog. I’m happy my energy inspired you, as your books have inspired me! Looking forward to hopefully write 2-3 blogs a week, until July when we meet again for another UBC!! Hugs to you!!

  2. Hi,

    First of all, I’d love to say, thanks so much for the mention in your post. I truly appreciate it. You’re right, the Facebook Groups are a great place to interact and meet new people.

    That’s actually one of the reasons I love them so much. Congrats on completing the challenges. I have no doubt that you’ll reach your blogging goals.

    Have a great day 🙂


  3. Thankyou for the lovely mention Vidya! Congratulations on completing the April challenge – I totally agree that interacting with a wonderful community of bloggers is the biggest perk of being active!

  4. Congrats on completing the challenge. It requires lot of dedication and is not an easy job. I haven’t been able to muster up courage for this yet.

  5. Congratulations on completing the challenge! I would love to challenge like this to get motivation to post more!

  6. Wow! Congratulations on successfully completing both the challenges! These successes are great motivators for moving ahead. Wish you all the best in your blogging career. 🙂

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