A Month in the Shoes of an ‘A to Z’er
“Don’t talk to her. She has gone nuts” That is what people had to say about me during the last month. If you think being an ‘A to Z’er is not easy, you are right. But being with these bloggers in the month of April is even a bigger feat! So, along with congratulating my fellow bloggers who took the challenge and completed it, I would also like to congratulate their friends and family. Hats off to you guys. I know how the last month was for you. After all, it is never easy to handle someone who seems to live in a parallel universe, only making guest (ghost) appearances in your life!
Two months back, I had never thought I would take up A to Z Challenge, let alone complete it! I had broken up with writing. While there were occassional memories of my good old love, I didn’t feel compelled to return… Until the end of March. With everyone speaking about A to Z and their themes and tips, I felt nostalgic. I remembered the good old times, the two challenges we had completed successfully before we drifted apart. Realisation dawned upon me and I begged to go back to that phase again. And luckily for me, I was happily taken back, no complaints whatsoever. Thus started my journey of writing, again!
The first thing I did was move I to my own space. It was something I wanted to do from a long time and what better time than now to mark my comeback, right? That done, next was deciding the theme for the challenge. I wanted to keep the theme simple, something I can stick to. After a lot of thinking, bugging my friends, scratching my head and successfully losing few precious strands of hair, Tulika put an end to my misery. She suggested I could write on Memories and that was exactly what I did for the last month. It was fun, going down the memory lane, searching for tales to narrate, making them light and funny and waiting with fingers crossed to see how they would be received.
While that was the glossy part about the challenge, there was another side, which only my close friends know of. I would zone out of the conversations all of a sudden thinking about what to write for the next day’s post. I would ask my friends to keep talking, not because I was totally engrossed in the conversation, but because I was concentrating to find words I can use for my A to Z titles. You never know when something strikes that writing chord 😛 I would ping them at odd hours to ask for suggestions. I cancelled most of our plans because I was too busy reading, writing and commenting. Basically, all I did was think about what to write. So when April ended, my friends celebrated it more than me. Not because they were happy I completed the challenge successfully but because they would be free from my incessant talks about blogging.
I have learnt a lot from the blog hopping I have done. I I enjoyed reading, laughed at few while some made me emotional. Some made me crave for delicious food (you know I who you are) and some gave me fitness goals (I have started yoga). That apart, the guilt will always be there that I couldn’t read enough blogs. With my project nearing deadline, I got busy with it and couldn’t dedicate as much time I wanted to blog hopping. But one thing is for sure – A to Z Challenge always pushes one to their limits and teaches how to manage time. As glad as I am about getting back to writing, I am still breathing a sigh of relief that A to Z Challenge is finally over. For now! And that makes me three times survivor of this Challenge 🙂
Until the next post,
Keep Smiling 🙂