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Monday, May 2, 2011

Reflections On The Big A to Z

Well here we are on May 2 and while the big A to Z Challenge is over for most of you, I am still slogging through, determined to reach Z. Though I have not finished yet, I still got a great award from Elizabeth Mueller. Isn't it pretty? I know I posted it yesterday, but it's great I had to put it up a second time. :)

Arlee over at Tossing It Out, one of the big hosts asked us all to participate in a Mega Reflections post. So I'll share with you my experiences from this month long fest.

It has been a fantastic, daunting, amazing, difficult, magnificent experience. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up. I have met so many brilliant and remarkable people that I can't even begin to tell you. I also saw another side to friends I already had at the start of this. It was a joyous discovery to see what they had put together each day. There were films, excerpts, anecdotes, songs, words of wisdom, writing tips... a treasure trove of wonders to read about.

I reached deep inside of myself and shared some things that surprised me, memories I had put away. I appreciate to the bottom of my heart and soul all the wonderful comments I received on these various posts. It was so amazing to connect with others who had similar experiences, tastes in movies, songs, etc. My blog is not even a year old and the number of people who have kindly visited, commented and followed, especially during this challenge, leaves me speechless. I had no idea so many would respond to words I thought I would be posting for myself mainly.

It was very difficult trying to navigate through all the participants and I am disappointed at not being able to visit as many of the blogs on the list as I wanted. I got kind of lost, actually, and wasn't able to keep track of where I'd been. I'm going to try and hit as many more as I can because from the names they all sound intriguing and I don't want to miss a thing.

I hope you all had as much fun as I did and I can say without hesitation that I am ready to sign up again for next time. Thank you Arlee, Alex, Stephen, Jen, Talli Candace, Jeffrey and Karen. You did a brilliant job co-hosting and for giving us all this opportunity to connect. I wish you all out there a wonderful week and I hope you'll stick with me for the final letters. I'm planning something special for the big finale. Peace!


  1. cheers to everyone who survived the challenge, both the writers and us who had to read your musings he he :)

  2. Congrats on the Award, Mel! I believe this challenge is a great experience for every participated blogger.

  3. Time was a pain this challenge with over 1200 bloggers. Congrats for making it to the end

  4. It has been a pleasure to read your posts that I got to, sorry I have been hit or miss. Life you know. Looking forward to the future of exchanges :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  5. Congratulations on the award! I'm going to miss bombarding your A to Z posts. I know I would've failed somewhere around B for Badass, so all the most props to you for getting as far as you did!

  6. Great job with the Challenge! I can't wait to see your last A-Z posts...curious for the big finish!

  7. @Dez LMAO! You are so right, sweetie!

    @Jaccstev Thank you! This was a tremendous experience and I learned a lot.

    @baygirl32 Thanks! With 1200 I had no chance of visiting everyone, but the ones I did make it to are so cool.

  8. @Jules No worries! I'm looking forward to our future postings. :)

    @M Thanks! Don't worry I'll have more posts for you to bombard. More badassitry ahead.

    @Matt Thank you. Happy you enjoyed these little glimpses into the mind of me. I only hope my last posts measure up to letters A thru V.

  9. Hi Melissa,

    Just stopping by to say congratulations! I've only read this post, but I am your newest follower. You can find yourself on my blog sidebar under "Writing and Poetry Blogs".

    I look forward to reading your blog.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

  10. Melissa, it was so difficult to manage this challenge and no one did it perfectly, I can guarantee you that. I am now trying to make it back to blogs I only got to once to help determine where there is a fit. Whew! Congratulations.

  11. @Kathy Hi! Thank you so very much for your wonderful comment, the follow and for including The Imaginarium on your side bar. You rock and I am heading right over to check out your blog. I look forward to more visits between us.

    @Karen Thank you! I, too, am going to be going back to the list and revisit blogs that I really liked but were only able to hit once. In spite of the difficulty, this was a great challenge and I look forward to it next year.

  12. It's cool that you took the time to post this reflections post amidst your effort to plod onward to the end. You're almost there as I post this comment! Congratulations ahead of time for finishing with such creative effort. We're glad you could join us in the 2011 edition of the A to Z Challenge.

    Don't forget to pick up your Winner's Badge at my site.
    Tossing It Out

  13. @Lee Thank you so much! This was one heckuva good time and I'm so glad I slogged on through til I finished. I will definitely stop by and get my badge.


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