I really like to find new friends on the A to Z Blogging Challenge list. This year I did my best, visiting as many blogs as I could. I kept track during the first part of the challenge. I would estimate that I visited somewhere around 300 blogs. And this doesn't count the blogs I follow all year long, who also participated in the challenge.There are quite a few of those!!
As I have found in previous years, the most irritating part of the challenge, to me, is to visit so many blogs and have those very people not visit back. It is the respectful thing to do. I bookmarked a number of blogs as I wanted to go back and read more of their challenge. And even though I left comments, for several days in a row, many of them did not reciprocate! Isn't that just plain rude? To me it is.
Also, I found several (or many) blogs where it was still hard (or impossible) to leave comments. I am not sure why! Sometimes I couldn't even find where the comment was supposed to go. I got to where I looked for that first. And if I couldn't find it, then I didn't stay to read. I like leaving comments. That, to me, is what this challenge is really all about!
I know the A to Z team did their best with finding blogs who had either never started the challenge or those who had quit. This blog started out number 1316 on the list and ended number 930. The list of bloggers started with 1,976 blogs and ended with 1,344. So they did their best to keep the list clean. I still found many who never started or quit early on. It would be a hard job to keep up with all of them.
My blog traffic really increased during the month of April. I don't put much stock into blogger stats. But they are fun to look at. I highly doubt I had as many real-live people as this statistic showed. I do not get much spam, but I do get some. So those would have been counted in the page views as well. My most popular post was my very first day! And the day I wrote about hula-hoops! What fun. Although I do not do the challenge just for the increase in traffic or followers, I did get 9 new followers. And that, my friends, makes it all worth while.
Will I do the challenge again? Probably! But next year I will write my posts ahead of time. I am terrible at 'winging it'. And I can spend more time traveling around to other blogs.
Hats off to you Arlee Bird! And thanks to all your helpers!! Well Done!!