A2Z Observations

We’re 10 days into April now, marking a third of the journey through my first A2Z bloggery challenge. Now, to be honest, I didn’t join in to get motivated to blog daily, since I do that already. I joined because I thought it would be fun to have a daily themed post.

Well, it’s not. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Yes. Sacrilege. Allow me to pontificate. It’s a burden to write the posts that I’ve planned out on my list. It feels like work, bleh. It’s not fun like the other posts are, the genre challenges, the impulsive poetry, etc.

Another issue is that people aren’t responding to the romance novel reviews much, except to drop likes. I thought I had more romance readers here who would be interested in these books. Guess not. Maybe if I reviewed something “rapey” like The Flame and the Flower I’d get a conversation going haha.

But people are responding to the romantic comedy movie reviews, so I’m modifying my list to include more movies and fewer books, except for the reviews I’ve already scheduled. I’d rather go for the reliable over the uncertain, and it makes me a little sad to have a post with likes and no comments. Dunno why people can’t extrapolate things I say about romance novels into general discussions about other books and writing too, but like whatever. We’ll just focus on movies. ๐Ÿ™„

Further, with my regular newsfeed still overflowing with favorite bloggers posting great stuff, I don’t have time to wander to the A2Z page and check out new peeps. I’m already much too busy with blogging and working and everything else. That “make connections” part of A2Z is a bust for me, unfortunately. I don’t know how I used to have any spare time. Where did it go?

I think in the future if I do A2Z again it will be with a much more casual approach, not a theme/list. This feels way too much like actual work. ๐Ÿ˜

37 responses to “A2Z Observations

  1. You’re so spot on! This A2Z has become somewhat unexciting. I wanted to stop like two days ago; but, I don’t want to be ” a quitter”.

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  2. As half-a-book-blogger, I find that people don’t really offer comments on book reviews much unless they are also book bloggers. Maybe they feel they don’t have anything to add if they haven’t read the book whereas most people watch movies and frequently don’t hesitate to offer opinions on them.

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  3. The Haunted Wordsmith

    I’m sorry. I had all the intentions to visit everyone’s A2Z posts but my time has been sucked into a black hole.

    On a side note, my book reviews barely get any attention (it’s not just you).

    Hope the rest of April’s blogging turns more fun. When it starts to feel like work, it is definitely not fun.

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  4. I so feel you and hence I decided on writing just HAIKUS for the AtoZ Challenge – Not that high on work load, plus gives me time to check out other AtoZ posts too! I had suffered once in OctPoWrMo and had learnt my lesson well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Wish you good luck!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  5. I think I have been a but rubbish with commenting recently. I am just struggling to keep up with reading at the moment. I am getting into the habit of read – like – next post – read – like next post. I am only commenting every now and then when I find some thing really grabs my attention.
    Sorry, I can tell the A-Z demands a lot of effort and thought, it’s all become a but hectic here recently ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • Oh I totally understand! Iโ€™m not at my best either. I think this challenge is overwhelming the feed and creating a flurry of posts that people arenโ€™t too interested in.

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      • Some of the A-Zs have been interesting. I am loving learning about Utah from Melanie C Bee I have to admit!
        My WP Reader has original posts and then lovely bloggers reblogging posts I have already read, all the responses of bloggers to the same writing prompts. I must admit because my time is so limited at the moment, I am on the look out for anything that looks a bit unique, a bit different from what I have already read. I feel bad, because I know it’s really good that bloggers are putting so much effort in to their posts…but it is hard to keep up with the sheer number of posts that appear.

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      • Yes. The reblogging… wish we could turn that off ๐Ÿ™‚


      • It’s one of those – I will notice if it’s a new blogger I have never seen before, or if the blogger re-blogging it makes it sounds like it will make my day to read it.
        But because I think there is a fairly stable community who follow the same blogs…it means the same posts appearing over and over. When I have more time, it doesn’t bother me…but at the moment, I am just skipping all re-blogs because I will drive myself loopy waiting for WordPress to travel from one screen to the next.

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  6. Where I’ve had the most luck is when I come up with a word list that’s more or less random, but the words have something in common (e.g words that have an X in them, words that start and end with the same letter, etc.). My guess is that people are leaving “like”s because they want you to know they were there but they can’t think of anything to say.

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  7. Ennle Madresan

    You think romance books/movies get paltry attention? Try writing Christian faith, A to Z ๐Ÿ™‚ What I’ve learned about blogging since 2011, is that my focus can’t be about stats or the Comment Box…though it sure is gratifying when comments are positive ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I am not a romance reader but if you write something that peaks my interest I do leave comments. Also I usually avoid reading reviews of books of any kind, just who I am.

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  9. Let me know when one of the genre challenges relates to rhetorical genre analysis of tactical technical documentation, because that’s all I’m reading about lately.

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  10. I have only read the A to Z posts of those bloggers I already follow (like you), so no real new connections. Also, people may be responding more to your movie reviews than book reviews because more people watch movies than read books. At least thatโ€™s my speculation, for what itโ€™s worth.

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  11. People definitely watch more than they read. And the reason mostly book bloggers comment on book reviews is that they are the ones who read.
    Posting a review daily whether book or movie is quite a task.

    I like to blog about whatever and whenever strikes my fancy too. Otherwise it seems like work.

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  12. I don’t read romance books, but I’ve enjoyed reading what you write about them, and makes me want to maaaybe try one. heh ๐Ÿ™‚ For movies, I’ve seen older ones, but no new ones in ages.
    I’m having trouble keeping up with my regular post reading, never mind going to the A Z list to find new ones. Ugh… and I thought it would be easier this year, since I’m posting things I’ve written long ago, which almost nobody even read back then. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks for commenting ~ I thought Iโ€™d be alone in my frustrations with A2Z. I think for many of us we just didnโ€™t need a โ€œpromptโ€ because we already were happily posting pretty much every day! I rarely am at a lack for words ๐Ÿคฃ

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  13. Same here. My view numbers have been lower than usual, too. I think people are so scattered this month with this challenge, and the poetry one, plus all our regular stuff, well, it’s impossible to get to them all. I’m better with just my usual daily posting, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. I don’t read romance, and usually shun rom-coms, too (and I suspect more people have seen those than read the genre). But I’ve enjoyed your reviews because I like your style. Some of them have made more curious about the book or movie, which is a good thing. That means you hooked me. ๐Ÿ˜€ Not likely to actually read or watch, though, because there’s already a big pile of stuff on topics I do like waiting for my attention. As per usual.

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