Musings and Amusings

Bittersweet and Applause

The A to Z Challenge is coming to a close this Wednesday. Like most endings, I find this one bittersweet. There will be plenty of time for de-briefing on the experience and shout-outs to all my cherished new blogging companions, but I’m one of those people who needs to prepare for transitions. Life after A to Z is on my mind.

I realize I should change my blog name to “That Got Me Thinking” because I have an entire notebook filled with words, phrases, quotes and scribblings for the “bemuzins” I want to write from triggers coming from your remarkable A to Z posts.

Thus fair warning, dear readers. If you are so sick of writing your A to Z’s and visiting A to Zers that you never want to hear the phrase A to Z again (at least until next March), you should stop following me ๐Ÿ™‚ because I have a feeling many of my posts in the months to come will begin with “xxblogger from A to Z got me thinking about ….”

What a glorious journey this has been!

A standing ovation for each and every one of you.

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Comments on: "Bittersweet and Applause" (30)

  1. Looking forward to the debriefing! I think my blog will have a little makeover after the challenge too…it’s thrown up so much stuff and so many ideas. Well done, for finishing the challenge and writing such an entertaining and wonderful blog. I don’t care how much you write about it afterwards, I’ll still follow – you’re stuck with me, lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You’re stuck with me too, Sammy :). The A to Z is all about creating blogging momentum and it seems to have done remarkably well here. So blog on with A to Z ideas all you want, because that’s what this is about.

    • Aww, thank you so much for all your support and visits. I have had so much fun, and learned so much this month. I know many of these friendships will endure, and that is truly rewarding.

  3. Ditto, ditto, ditto!
    Bravo and Encore!

    • Oh, sorry, Lynne. I have two Lynne’s and it was other one who recommended art book. I bet you wondered what I was talking about. I think I got dizzy from all the Bravos and Encores !! Thanks so much for all your visits. I look forward to continuing to get good ( or “no”) book reviews from you!

  4. Even though A to Z was quite a challenge for me, I agree that I’ve learned a lot about focus and determination in the process.
    I’m looking forward to sharing more insights with you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job!

    • Thanks, Kirsten. I’m interested to see what you turn to in your posts after A to Z; i have quite a few of yours bookmarked for helping me tweak WP brhind the scenes.

  5. Sorry dearest, you’re stuck with me too. I’m so glad to hear that it’s been a positive experience and that you’ve made lasting friends. That’s our main goal! I certainly count you as a “keeper” of a new friend!
    I, too, have a bunch of jotted ideas. I’m a jotter…
    Be sure to join us for the Post-Challenge Road Trip which will be announced on the A-Z Blog on 5/6. I’m co-hosting with Nicole.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

    • Dearest Jotter – i’m glad you said jotter and not jogger ‘cuz those days are behind me (as evidenced by my expanding behind) but I love a good road trip and have been jotting for Post A to Z debrief ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I have a feeling that in the next few months I’m going to be catching up on all the cool blogs I found through the A to Z Challenge. I’m planning a “debrief” post where I’ll share some of the cool stuff I discovered and learned through the challenge…it has been a great time and learning experience. I will be glad when I can get back to my regular posting schedule and topics, but I consider this to be an accomplishment for everyone who took the challenge and crossed the finish line! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. What a good idea! Sorry I haven’t made it to your blog this week, but connection was terrible! And I’m off to London tomorrow for a few days so no doubt won’t have much time to go blog hopping then either! I shall have to make it up when I return. I have enjoyed visiting other blogs other than photography and travel, didn’t find many on flowers and gardens though, and I did find commenting and even visiting some quite challenging in themselves. The crossover between different platforms isn’t easy! Anyway I shall definitely be visiting you after the finish line to see what you are up to. You make me laugh and that can only be a good thing ๐Ÿ˜€
    Cheers, Jude xx

    • Thanks, Jude. I’m happy to hear from you, and never any expectations from this end – just enjoyment when we connect. You are right; the crossover snafus are not good, and I think many bloggers grew frustrated with that. I hope your trip goes smoothly and we’ll touch base soon! Thanks again for your encouragement.

  8. Absolutely true and well said, fellow A to Z-er! I think I’ll be doing the same as well as continuing to visit the list for a while yet! Too many interesting blogs, not enough time ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been a great month!

  9. Great job for finishing!! It has been a lot of work, but well worth it!! So many bloggers I wouldn’t have met without this challenge.

  10. It’s been a fabulous, albeit hectic experience for me too and I’m so glad we met because of it, Sammy! Looking forward to your future posts as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Now you got me thinking what you said to t’other Lynne about said art book, and after your U I’m wondering if that book will ever get opened..
    You’ve done the AtoZ proud and we’ve still a few days to go. Well done for visiting and commenting daily on so many. It’s always a pleasure to see your pic on my comment line. From experience I know I now head into my next challenge which is open studios so I won’t be around for the road trip but look forward to our chess and mah-jong lessons ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • LOL. I wondered the same thing when I bought the art book – is this next year’s Useless Object for A to Z? My downfall on books is getting to the supply list page; buying the supplies; then scree-ee-ch. good news – I have all suggested supplies except a frickin’ viewfinder which I have to “construct”. I’m generally constructing-challenged! THEN i have to Be Brave and draw a self-portrait! Those are two giant hurdles for me; if I can get past them, I’ll be on my way. Need to put those two on calendar as ‘drop dead’ appointments then should get them done!

      I want my road trip to end at your open studios event!! I hope you enjoy that, and don’t stress yourself!

  12. As a reader of A-to-Z, I really enjoyed our conversations. I might have to give it a go next year!

    • It’s like a trip to Europe. I loved it; it was really hard work, and I don’t want to go again for at least a year! I hope you do join next year; I’m really glad I did it.

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