Sunday, May 6, 2012

A to Z Reflections

For my regular readers, this is a post arising from the A to Z challenge which took place in April. There is another regular post for Monday with a recipe.

I thoroughly enjoyed doing this challenge – for me it wasn’t a problem to post something every day but Sunday as I do that anyway.

It was great to meet lots of bloggers and to go see what they had written, I would like to have covered more but of course time wouldn’t permit. I now regularly follow several new (to me) blogs such as Denine Severino Taylor at Words&Music365, Bob Scotney at Bob’s Home for Writing, Hilary Melton-Butcher at Positive Letters – inspirational stories. The last two did British Castles for their A to Z theme and although I lived the first 30 odd years of my life in England I had never heard of most of these castles and found it absolutely fascinating reading. They both had such different takes on the castles too and only twice did they both hit on the same castle for the same letter. I had no idea there were so many castles in the UK.

Amanda Trought at Inspiration, Art and Creativity did a wonderful series on caring for her mother who is suffering from dementia. I thought this was particularly inspiring. There were many others who’s blogs I admired several of which are now on my reading list.

For myself, my theme was recipes which was generally not too difficult although I did have trouble with U. The X, which I thought would be difficult, was fairly easy as I used a Chinese recipe which I was invited to talk about on our local radio station so I had to go to a local Chinese restaurant to ask them for the correct pronunciation of the recipe name. I think I said it fairly accurately, but I probably made Chinese listeners shudder.

I came into this challenge late, I discovered it through Hilary Melton-Butcher’s site and at first was not sure whether I would be able to participate until I realised I could follow the recipe route. As I said, U was difficult, and I ended up posting two recipes that day, one from the Philippines with ingredients unheard of by me, it was appreciated by a Facebook friend who lives there though.

I did increase my followers quite a bit but certainly not up to the 100 mark which was part of the aim of this challenge.

A fun month and would do it again next year.

Jo

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finishing :) I'm going to have a look at your challenge poss, your recipes sound interesting :)

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    1. Thanks Nikki. Hope you find some you like

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  2. Thank you for coming by my blog during the challenge. Many of your recipes sounded yummy. I'm going to go back through the ones I missed. It's nice to meet you, I look forward to reading more posts from you :)

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    1. Nice to meet you too Kela. Hope you find lots of recipes you like.

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  3. X was the killer, I wanted to make up words to get through it

    congrats on finishing

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    1. Thanks babygirl32, I just went Chinese and that was easy for me.

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  4. I gave you another follower to round your count to 60.
    Great theme with the recipes. Now if I could get someone to make them for me I'd be all set.
    Thanks for joining us for the Challenge.


    Lee
    A Faraway View
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Thanks so much Lee, appreciate it. My ol' man says anyone can cook so long as they can read, so maybe you can do the recipes yourself.

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  5. Reflection is a good thing, You have done a great job on the A to Z Challenge...

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    A to Z Co-Host
    My New Book:
    Retro-Zombie: Art and Words

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    1. Thanks Jeremy. I found it fun to participate.

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  6. Hi Jo, Your recipe theme for the challenge was a good idea. I'm going to browse your posts since I missed them during the challenge.
    (We call our niece Jo, even though her real name is Olivya. ;)

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    1. Thanks Janyce, I do hope you find some recipes you like. I still have to try the one for X which I am determined to do, it sounded pretty good to me.

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    2. I tried to return the compliment Janyce but couldn't find your blog.

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  7. Congratulation on finishing the challenge. I didn't visit all blogs during the challenge but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with reflections post!

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    1. Impressed you are doing so - for medical reasons I just don't have time at the moment.

      I hope you will visit my regular blogs too.

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