Thursday, May 2, 2013

A-Z Challenge Reflections

April came and went far more quickly than I figured it would.  I'm happy with the theme I chose to do on this blog.  Science and promoting science literacy has always been a passion of mine.  In a world filled with uncertainty and misinformation (you don't need to go far on the internet to find plenty of that floating around), I think it's crucial to learn to think critically.  The scientific method is good at that.

The theme I chose to do on my writing blog was also far more demanding than this one, so I'm glad I decided to balance it out this way.  Hunting down the videos I posted here proved to be a good break from writing my serialized story, and I even learned a few things that I didn't know about the cosmos in the process.  To me, that's always a desirable thing.

My main goal, however, for doing the challenge on this blog was to get some more traffic here.  This is the smaller of my two blogs.  I post less often, and I have fewer followers here than I do on my writing blog.  I felt like this one needed some more love, and I feel like I was successful in achieving that goal.

Thanks to the hosts for stopping by on occasion and offering support and encouragement.  Thanks also to everyone else who wandered here and left wonderful comments.  I love sharing things with all of you!  Why else would I be here?

I'll probably join in on next year's A-Z Challenge when it comes around.  How about you?


  1. Congratulations on finishing the Challenge! :)

    I'm definitely onboard for next year.

  2. Congrats on making it through the Challenge! This was my second year and I am already thinking about 2014!
    Jess/Blogging on the Brink

  3. Your theme presented some very interesting material, however I must admit that I didn't take time to watch many of the videos as interesting as they were. But yes, your blog along with Golden Eagle's and Stephen Tremp's among others I've seen but can't remember offers a great service especially for those like me who are interested in writing science related fiction but are very knowledgeable in the field.

    Keep up the good work here. I'm glad you met some of your blogging goals with A to Z. Thanks for participating.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  4. I'm definitely in for next year. Everyone was so supportive.

  5. Definitely on the list of things to do next year. I too juggled two blogs and found the challenges different in each.

  6. It is nice to see you did a reflection post for both your blogs - I did a joint post. More of a compare and contrast.

    Looking forward to next year already.

  7. Been great joining the challenge and I am proud I made it through! :)

  8. Good account and reflections of the challenge, I sincerely hope you will be back next year, Well done.

  9. I'm not what you'd call scientifically-minded, but I still LOVE science and personally believe it has all the answers...even if scientists don't just yet :) Congrats on your A to Z success(es)! :)

  10. Glad I ran into you now! I collect science blogs for my budding young engineer, 13. I'll add you to his list. He's passionate about science. Here's what he said yesterday as he was struggling with an essay. "Mom, I can write science essays because c'mon, it's science, it's awesome and easy but this English stuff is killing me." Congrats on finishing the Challenge and meeting your goals!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  11. Congrats on finishing the Challenge! This was my third year participating, and I'll definitely be doing it next year. This year was the first time I had a theme (featuring an author each day), and it was a lot easier planning and writing my posts ahead of time with a theme. So I'll probably do some kind of theme again next year.

    Have a great weekend!!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  12. From one AtoZ cohort to another ~ cheers! I will most likely participate next year.

  13. Science is good, and finding videos isn't as easy as it sounds. Congratulations on crossing the finish line this year!

  14. Congratulations on finishing. What a great thing.

  15. Wow, doing AtoZ on two blogs. I bet that kept you good and busy.

  16. I had a huge increase in traffic to my site been which had been lost in obscurity since I began it 4 years ago. That was the major benefit for me so I'll definitely be back in 2014. Congrtas to you on survving this years challenge.

  17. I enjoyed your posts. This was fun, I had a great time with the Challenge. Congratulations for finishing!
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  18. Congratulations on finishing the challenge and thank you for sharing your A to Z blogging challenge experience with us. I hope to have my own post up soon.

    1. Oh, I forgot. I am a new follower. I'm sorry I didn't make it to your blog during the challenge.

  19. Stopping by from the #atozchallenge . Congratulations my fellow reflector post maker!

    I will be in this challenge again next year!
    Hope your traffic-boost dreams came true.

  20. I am simply amazed that you participated in the challenge on 2 blogs. OMGoodness...Congratulations.
    I enjoy learning some science because I never did in school:( It was all English, Literature and writing for me with very little science or math.

  21. Happy to have found you here as well!

    Wow, not only did you do a serialized story for the challenge, you ALSO blogged on another blog as well! Ok, seriously, you should be VERY PROUD! That's truly a survival story. I think you should post two survival badges on both blogs :) Just saying...


  22. I'm impressed you did two blogs. I'm lucky I can keep up with two shoes. I'm going to have to look at your posts, as I didn't make it until now. I think we far under appreciate science. Thanks for visiting my site as well.

  23. Congratulations! It's amazing you are able to devote time for 2 blogs. I have only one, and half the time I don't find enough time to update regularly.

  24. Cheers to you for completing the challenge with not one...but two blogs! Dedicated participants like you make the A-to-Z better than ever :)

    2013 #atozchallenge Co-Host

  25. I'm glad you found the challenge to be a success and got more traffic here. I'm always blown away by those who do more than one blog in the Challenge.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  27. Like you I could do with more traffic and followers on my blog, mind you it did not help not have a join this site button in place