Sunday, May 5, 2013

Reflections On A to Z Part III

                                       
                                                                             

The nice thing about participating in A to Z is that you never knew what would happen as you wrote through the alphabet. This was my third Challenge, and I was constantly met with surprises along the way. It was almost like attending a virtual class reunion. Bloggers that I lost touch with welcomed me with open arms, and we just picked up where we left off last year. New friendships were formed, and faithful followers continued to tune in.

Some posts garnered more responses than others. Everyone was a good sport whether they were laughing at  Frequent Flatulence,  or contemplating  Ridiculous Rules of Religion.  I thought I might have stirred up a little controversy, but the audience seemed to be in on the joke.

With over 1700 participants, it was difficult to even get through a quarter of the list. Fortunately, the Blogging From A to Z Challenge  site highlighted many bloggers who were just starting out. This helped narrow down the list for me, and I enjoyed connecting with some terrific new blogs.

Alex J. Cavanaugh  also was key in spotlighting interesting bloggers each day. These direct links helped save time sifting through people who had multiple blogs, or little information on Google+.

I would like to thank  Arlee Bird,  the co-hosts, and all of the A to Z ambassadors and minions for another extraordinary April. You all worked 'round the clock to make sure that everyone had a meaningful experience, complete with a road map, and a cheering squad.

My only regrets were that I couldn't read or type faster. I hope that I've finally gotten caught up with comments, and I apologize to anyone I've left out. I really appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my posts, and I will continue to try to reciprocate.

Next weekend our older son will be graduating from law school, and we're heading out to see him in a few days. Wishing all the mom's an early Happy Mother's Day, and happy blogging to all!


56 comments:

  1. Thank you for a lovely reflection post, hope you have a happy Mom's day, we here had ours in March.
    Have a peaceful Sunday.

    Yvonne.

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  2. Nice reflections post, and I agree, it was impossible to visit everyone. It was fun, but I am also glad it's over. :)

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  3. Hi Julie .. I loved your take on the A-Z .. the poems were amazing, though I imagine you had lots of fun .. as well as loads of frustrated anxiety bringing them all together.

    Catching our tails in the A-Z maelstrom is just about impossible .. but we get there .. and I'd hate to miss the new friends I made along the way - it's really satisfying.

    Congratulations - and do enjoy the time with your son and his Graduation spectacle .. just wonderful he's done so well .. enjoy that special Mum and Dad's proud of my son time!!!! Then whoo hooo off to Italy we go .. cheers Hilary

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  4. Wow! 1700? I had no idea so many people participated. I have to hand it to you guys. You guys rock! I couldn't have done it. I'm proud of you!!

    Elsie

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    1. I'm sure that you would've done a great job! The key is being organized, and it helps if you are a fast typist! I'm neither of those things, but I still got through it. Thanks Elsie!

      Julie

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    2. And I wasn't a fast typist.
      I was more like a half-fast typist.

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  5. Julie, well done to you for completion of it! As a newbie to it all it was an exciting journey!
    Congratulations on your son's graduation! And a very happy and proud Mother's Day to you!

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    1. Congrats on passing with flying colors! Thank you for the wonderful wishes, and Happy Mother's Day Susan!

      Julie

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  6. And we met two years ago when you joined the Challenge!
    Glad you enjoyed my feature. Wish there had been more time - and more letters, as I had so many more I wanted to feature.
    The Challenge rocked this year.

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  7. I very much enjoyed your posts. You're quite the talent!

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  8. Yeah, the challenge has gotten so big now. Hard to keep up. I was only able to hit blogs once or twice a week with everyone posting so frequently. As usual, you had some fun entries for the challenge!

    And now it seems everyone is hibernating and nursing their A to Z hangovers. :)

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  9. Have a great trip. Congrats to you and your son!

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  10. Beat wishes to your son on his graduation and Happy Mothers Day!

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  11. I have to agree, there are still so many blogs I have not visited and when I do pop by I often only have time for a post or two. It was my first A to Z this year and I tried to use my "Day off" as a reading morning I think next year I shall need to book time off from work instead. Thank you for your great posts !

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  12. Yvonne - You were usually the first comment I saw every morning during the Challenge, and you're still #1 today! Thanks so much for always brightening my day!

    Rhonda - You did an amazing job with your travel tips theme! Thanks for telling me about the Challenge in 2011, and it was fun doing our second one together! I'm pretty worn out too.

    Hilary - I really enjoyed your cooking theme! You've also gone above and beyond to give me advice. I'm so glad we met during my first A to Z in 2011! Thanks so much Hilary, and we're very proud!

    Alex - It was a great introduction to many outstanding bloggers, especially for people who were new to the Challenge! Thanks for going out of your way to visit me when you had over 100 comments a day! I'm also glad that we met two years ago!

    Delores - Truer words were never spoken! It doesn't seem like you ever rest though! It's been great going through our third A to Z together! You had a terrific theme, and always made me laugh. Thanks Delores!

    Julie

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  13. A big congratulations on completing the A to Z challenge. I could not have done it myself. I know how hard it is to blog consistently on a regular basis let alone blog every single day for a season and yet have time to visit others.

    How wonderful you must feel and how proud to have your child graduating from Law School. All that hard work paid off in full and there is no time like the present to wish you a marvelous Mothers Day.

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  14. Julie: I love your blog and your comments. Thank you! All the best to your son. Happy Mothers' Day!!

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  15. Hi Julie,

    I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to keep up with you and a lot of others who got involved with the amazing challenge that brought further awareness of the alphabet with 26 letters.

    And thus, hearty congrats to you and all those who tortured, sorry, who participated in such an endeavour. As much as I would never participate, I admire and respect you for giving it a go.

    You are, no doubt, rightly proud of your oldest son graduating from law school. And this will be the second Mother's Day of the year coming up for my mother. The British one in March and the North American one in May. Happy early Mother's Day, to you, Julie. And yes, happy blogging.

    Gary at the Z to A :)

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  16. Jeff - Thanks for the incredible compliment! I also had fun learning about science fiction. Talk about being talented! Glad I got to know you better during A to Z!

    Luanne - So that's why the room is spinning! I really appreciate all of your support! Thanks Luanne!

    Thank you so much Carol! We're very excited!

    Jen - Thanks for another fun A to Z! i really appreciate your good wishes, and Happy Mother's Day to you!

    Tales From Tedium - I don't know how people manage to participate when they have full time jobs. You can still use the list to try to meet new bloggers until they take it down. Congratulations on completing your first A to Z!

    Julie

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  17. Congratulations to you on your son's degree and for meeting your personal challenge. Wow - that is quite a challenge too. Not sure I'm up for something like that. Never feel I'm good enough at writing to participate with professional writers. But I do learn along the way.

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  18. I've only done the A-Z once but it was fun and furious. Yay Graduation!!!! Is this the son that lives in maybe not so great a house? Does that mean he gets to leave and move into a place you approve?

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  19. Congratulations on finishing A to Z! Visiting, Following & Inviting you to my blog. http://whenkateblogs.blogspot.com/ Looking forward to 2014

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  20. Congratulations on your son's upcoming graduation... that's quite an accomplishment. And a very happy mothers' day to you, too!

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    1. Thank you Susan! Looks like you'll be having lots to celebrate this Mother's Day too!

      Julie

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  21. Rum Punch Drunk - You always leave the nicest comments! I think you could have done the Challenge if you had time to spare. Thanks for the good wishes, and we're really looking forward to it!

    JJ - I love your blog, and always feel a little brighter after reading it! I'm also very excited about your new book! Thank you JJ!

    Gary - Now that your Z to A celebrity has surpassed Penny's I'm just happy you came here at all! We are very proud, and appreciate your kind words! Wish your mom a Happy Mother's Day for me! She's the smartest one of all for having two celebrations! Thanks Gary!

    Mary - I'm not a professional writer, and you definitely have what it takes to complete the Challenge! You don't give yourself enough credit for being a wonderful writer. Thank you Mary!

    Libby - You're thinking of our younger son. Actually they did fix up the house a little, but I'm glad he won't be living there next year. Great memory! This will be the first and last time we'll be seeing our older son's house. His first apartment was nice, so we're not too worried. Hope you're holding up okay Libby.

    Kate - It's nice to meet you, and I'll head over soon! Thanks and congrats to you too!

    Julie






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  22. Congrats on finishing the challenge. I also wish I could have visited more blogs, but between my books and a slow internet connection, I hadn't a hope.

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    1. Misha - This is such an exciting time for you, and you still accomplished a lot considering how busy you are! Thanks Misha!

      Julie

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  23. You did great with the challenge, Julie.

    I'm very excited for you to be celebrating your son's law school graduation. Mazel Tov!

    xoRobyn

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  24. How great to have your son graduating. Enjoy. Also congrats on going all the way to Z. Great job.

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  25. Congrats on finishing the challenge! You did splendidly!!

    And congrats to your son as well! Have a happy Mother's Day!

    Hugs!

    Valerie

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  26. Robyn - Thank you, and we're all very excited!

    Lee - Thanks and congrats to you too!

    Valerie - You also did a great job! Thanks Valerie!

    Thank you Evalina, and congrats on completing the Challenge!

    Julie

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  27. I'm still reeling at trying to visit all those bloggers but A to Z turns up great things, like connecting with people like you. Mazeltov for next weekend.

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    1. Rosalind - I'm so glad we met through A to Z too! Thank you Rosalind!

      Julie

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  28. The AZ is always crazy but I'm happy to see you've survived. I hope you've caught up with all the commenting. :)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Nutschell - I hope that I haven't left anyone out. Thanks Nutschell!

      Julie

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  29. Congratulations to your son, Julie!! I hope you and the rest of your family have a fantastic time at the graduation. What a wonderful Mother's Day present for you. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Julie! We had a terrific time at the graduation!

      Julie

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  30. Like you, I am glad I participated, met some great bloggers, and read good writing. But, now I am back to writing with renewed ideas.

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    1. Glad you're back in the saddle again Susan!

      Julie

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  31. We went to see our son in Philly over the weekend. I could not comment too much. Plus I got sick there and I am still sick. This time my Asthma is testing my patience.
    Congrats to your son Wow ! Law school !
    Congrats to you on completing the A to Z challenge. It was fun reading your entries. Always a surprise !

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    1. Munir - It must have been nice visiting your son, but I'm sorry that you were sick. Hope you are feeling better now. Thank you for your good wishes, and it was fun reading your posts too!

      Julie

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  32. Nice end to the A-Z! And a proud day for Mom at graduation, too:)

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    1. You also did a great job Sharon! Thank you, and we are very proud!

      Julie

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  33. My only regret is that I wasn't able to "reach out and touch" everyone (oh, yeesh, that sounds creepy). But, you've been a long time visitor to Penwasser Place so you're on my blog's "speed dial."
    So, you have THAT going for you.
    Poor, poor julie.

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    1. Al - I'm honored to be on your "speed dial," and I feel the same way about you!

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  34. I've seen you on Hilary's comments, Julie, but I don't have all that much time for blogging, so didn't follow up on any commenters I didn't know (which is most of them actually!). Anyhow, congratulations on completing it. An amazing feat!

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    1. Val - Nice to meet you, and thanks for following me! It was really hard keeping track of everything, so I'm sure you did the best you could.

      Julie

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  35. Happy Mother's Day to you too Julie! COngratulations on making it through the gauntlet! Onward and upward!
    ~Just Jill

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    1. Thanks so much Jill! Sorry I haven't seen you in a while. I'll head over soon.

      Julie

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  36. We met during last year's A to Z... I'll never forget... you were the first commenter on my A post...
    I really enjoyed your posts again this year, Julie, and I ALWAYS enjoy visiting your place!
    I hope everything went well at your son's graduation ceremony!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. Michelle - I'm so glad we met last year! I always enjoy reading your posts too, and I loved your creative A to Z theme! We had a great time at the graduation! Thanks Michelle!

      Julie

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  37. Hi Julie, working my way through the reflections post and found you :) And keep finding lovely blogs I didn't find during April!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

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