Monday, May 7, 2012

A To Z Reflections

(I've decided to post this earlier than usual so I can put it in the Linky list before I forget ;)

I'm not exactly sure what to reflect on. I enjoyed the challenge, even when I had challenges in my personal life to push through.

I signed up for the A to Z Challenge because I wanted to meet new people and have fun, I did both. I don't have any recommendations for things that could have been done differently by the A to Z team.

Each team member:

Arlee Bird
Damyanti Biswas
Alex J Cavanaugh
Tina Downey
DL Hammons
Jeremy Hawkins
Shannon Lawrence
Matthew MacNish
Elizabeth Mueller
Jenny Pearson
Konstanz Silverbow
Stephen Tremp
Karen Jones Gowen

ALL did an excellent job with promoting, posting, and visiting blogs that were signed up. Thanks team :)

Some people that came by my blog and commented, many of which come back even though the challenge is over. These are awesome people and anyone who has not had a chance to visit them, please do.

  • Alex J Cavanaugh was not only my A post, but visited often and always visits me. He's my most loyal follower, thanks Alex for being such an AWESOME Ninja Captain and person. You rock!
  • Anna Smith visited during the challenge and she visit other days as well. Thanks for being a great follower :)
  • John Teal visited a few times and I've been to his blog (make sure to check it out). Thanks!
  • Jeremy visited during the challenge but he's also been around before the challenge. Thanks for following Jeremy, you are AWESOME :)
  • Sarah Pearson is someone else who stopped by during the challenge but also came by before that. Thanks Sarah :)
  • Tia Bach came by and I know I stopped by her blog a bit. Thanks Tia!
  • Cassie Mae, someone who is absolutely AWESOME and so FUN. I'm linking to her blogger profile because she posts on three different blogs and you should check them all out. Thanks Cassie :)
  • Jeremy H, one of the hosts of the challenge stopped by a bit, thanks Jeremy :)
  • Sabrina came by my blog on challenge posts and non. Thanks Sabrina!
  • Heather M Gardner with her awesome blog, btw, came by. Thanks :)
  • Jemi came by during the challenge and she comes by other days. I linked to her profile because along with her personal awesome blog, she posts on the awesome From The Write Angle blog. Thanks Jemi!
  • Cherie follows my blog, with or without the challenge. Thanks Cherie :)
  • Michael Offutt came by and he's awesome too. Check him out. And Thanks Michael!
  • Tyrean Martinson stopped by quite a bit. Thanks! :)
  • Donna B McNicol came by a lot and commented a lot. Thanks so much Donna, you're awesome! :)
  • sjp stopped by frequently and her blog is awesome (especially the challenge posts) check it out. And Thanks for visiting me sjp :)

Okay, I may have missed some people, in fact I know I did. I'm so sorry, you're not really forgotten, there's just so many.

A couple more people I want to talk about specifically:

Alex, who I've already mentioned-Donna B as well. Plus, Coach Teresa O'NeillTracyKaren WalkerChristy. All of these people came by my blog and wished me well when I was sick. Thanks so much for the support. Y'all are AWESOME!!! :D

While I enjoyed many of the A to Z posts, pretty much all that I visited were great. I had two that still stick in my mind...

Heather's 'Stormy the Weather Gnome' was freaking fantastic, I loved it!
Cassie's 'Fears' were AWESOME, hilarious, as well as for real-some of that stuff is on my list.

Heather and Cassie-Y'all are AWESOME!!! :D

(I visited many blogs, so if you're not mentioned, please don't feel left out. I follow quite a few blogs and read posts on my Google Reader, but I'm not always good with clicking to comment. No comment or mention doesn't mean I didn't enjoy your blog or that I don't appreciate you stopping by mine.)

My own posts: I liked them, they were fun, but I had one day when I posted about something that really means a lot to me. Thanks for everyone who came by and read my U post. Anyone who didn't, please if you can take a moment to, I would really appreciate it.

Anyone visiting my blog for the first time, thank you, it's nice to meet you :) And if someone is here and I haven't been to your blog (or even if you aren't sure if I have or not) leave a comment and I'll stop by yours.

I'll participate in the challenge next year and I'll encourage others to as well. It was a fun experience and I look forward to the next one. I think I will work out a theme next year, as long as it doesn't interfere with my schedule ;)

Thanks again to the A to Z team and thanks again to all of my visitors.

Happy Reflecting :)


Nikki said...


I'm just popping by from the A - Z (reflections list) congratulations on completing the challenge. I like that you've listed some blogs here, I'll visit them later :) Now I'm going to read some of your challenge posts! It's nice to meet you!

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks for the shoutout - you're such a sweetie! :)

I so agree with the co-hosts - I thought they all did an amazing job! It must have been a lot of work.

I enjoyed the challenge too - it was a lot of fun :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Kela! And I really appreciated being your first post of the Challenge.
Glad you made some awesome new friends. Yes, the Challenge began just as daily posting, but making friends is what it's all about now.
And Stormy was just too cool.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I am still working my way around to visit the blogs - just found yours. So glad that you had a great time. I can't wait to see what you share in the future :)

Kela McClelland said...

Nikki-Thank you for stopping by and it's nice to meet you as well :)

Jemi-You're very welcome. :)

Alex-How could you not be my A? I meant it when I said you're my most loyal follower. I can't mention enough how awesome you are. Thank you for being you :)

Tasha-I'm still working on the list too. I just found yours as well (when you commented so thank you for commenting) Thank you for stopping by :)

Anglers Rest said...

Stopping by from your visit to my blog and your reflective post. I have not had chance to read the A-Z posts, except for the U post.

Our blogs are a great way to meet others, share our thoughts, fears, interest into the ether called the internet. Dispite writing probably alone, it is read by possible strangers and archived for the future and as odd as that sounds, there is a comfort in that. A blog is where you,(and I know I am) can be at peace with yourself, express yourself and be honest with yourself.

J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds like you have some good buddies and made great, new connections. Don't think I got to your blog during the Challenge, but it is always good to meet different people.

Mina Lobo said...

Hey, I really dig your pretty A to Z badge! Did you make that yourself?

Some Dark Romantic

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. It's my pleasure to return the favor. It sounds like you had a lot of fun doing the challenge, and made a lot of new friends. Picked up a bunch of new follower, too, I'll betcha. Count me in as your newest one.

Suze said...

I've read a lot about Heather's gnome -- I'm sorry I missed it!

Heather M. Gardner said...

You are too cool!
I'm so glad you liked Stormy. I'm going to tell him all the nice things that you said.
I had a great time during the challenge and I really appreciate the support.
Don't be a stranger!

lily said...

Hi Kela. Thank you for your comment on my blog earlier. I've been trying to read your posts but keep getting an error code. Hoping it's just a glitch.

Now following you on Google Reader, which seems to have sorted out the problem. :)

jen@ living a full life said...

Hi kela,
Thanks for your comment on my blog. There are so many great blogs and bloggers involved in this challenge, I'm pleased to meet another one! Joined your blog, will be seeing you soon:)

Donna B. McNicol said...

Thanks so much for the mention...I really have enjoyed your blog and look forward to following it.

Wasn't the challenge amazing? I look forward to next year!!

Kela McClelland said...

AR- Thanks for coming by my blog :)

JL- Yes, it is always good to meet different people. Thank you for stopping by :)

Mina- Yep, I made it. Thank you :)

Susan- You're welcome and thank you for coming by mine. I had fun and I gained 60+ new followers :D Thanks for being another one. :)

Suze- Oh, you definitely should go check him out. Stormy is awesome. Thank you for coming by. :)

Heather- I will definitely keep visiting you and you tell Stormy I said hi :)

Lily- I was editing to add names to my Thursday TAG! posts at the time you were here, so that may have been the reason for the error. I hope so :/ Thank you for coming by :)

Jen- Pleased to meet you as well. Thank you for coming by :)

Donna- You are quite welcome for the mention and thank you :) Yes the challenge was awesome and I'm looking forward to next year too! :)

Arlee Bird said...

It's tough to keep at something when you're sick. You're a real trooper. Congratulations on completing the Challenge.

A Faraway View
An A to Z Co-host blog

Robyn Campbell said...

Love your reflections post. It is freaking bodacious! I am sorry I missed you during the challenge. I read your U post. I am praying for Joshua and will give when I leave here. Thanks for stopping by my place. It meant a lot. Following you back. Unite on!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the shout out! Your reflections post is great!

Barbara said...

Thank you for visiting my Blog! It's really nice to meet you, and I loved the few posts I got to read now, since I missed you during April!
Lots of thank you's there - congratulations on a long list of supporters! :) This is what it's all about :)

Congratulations on completing the challenge :)

EvalinaMaria said...

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!

Evalina, This and that...