I have decided to go ahead and do my reflections post
After a month of following rules and guidelines I’m about fed up with it.
Kind of makes a fellow want to drink a beer…or ten.
As a matter of fact what doesn’t make a fella want to drink a beer?
Whoa getting off track a
I have successfully completed the challenge three times now. The first two I think were my best.
This year I was an Ambassador for Arlee and I have to say it forced me to visit a lot of blogs that I otherwise wouldn’t have given a second look. You know the ones. I kept the ever changing challenge list saved on my favorites bar and would scroll through it regularly. In a recent chat with fellow blogger Pearson we lightly discussed blog visits and visitors and I mentioned that I had probably visited around 400 of the challengers.
To me, that is a lot. Of course, I lend tribute to my ambassador duties and the sadistically changing list.
Every couple of days, the list would roll up and I would have 10 or 20 new blogs to check on.
Some of those blogs were so far off course that I was getting a little perturbed that other helpers or co-host were not doing their job.
It may not seem like a big deal, but it does take time. Time that I could have spent finding a new blog to read.
For instance towards the end of the month I checked in on my “current numbers” which had just rolled yet again and discovered blogs that had quit posting after the letter C. Here it was the end of the month.
Where in the heck was anybody?
All in all, I was not as happy with this challenge like I was the first two. I guess once the virginity of it has disappeared then it loses some of its romance.
I also noticed that I received very few comments from folks that I hadn’t already visited and left a comment first.
Not that I’m not grateful, it just shows that maybe there wasn’t a whole lot of random blog surfing going on. (or my blog sucks that bad)
Which I think is the fun part. I would bring up the list and close my eyes and roll my mouse over the list. Wherever it stopped, is who I would visit.
Enough of the crappy stuff.
I did find several new blogs to follow and for that I am thankful.
Zalka from The Multicolored Diary
A great blog about storytelling that holds a lot of the power of stories of old.
Ruth from Welcome to Me
I actually discovered her from another blog I had been following for years, just never clicked.
Very funny blog.
Betty from A Bench with a View
Betty is a blogger like I am. Here for our own personal fun. An online journal type. Betty is in the top ten of commenters.
Karen from Coming Down the Mountain
Her challenge about living in Guatemala was fascinating. Almost like reading an adventure book.
Robyn from Life By Chocolate
Another funny blog that keeps you coming back for more.
There were many, many more and the list could go on for another page or two.
I picked up 22 new followers. They even left comments!
My twitter followers went through the roof with around 30 new.
My top commenters were:
I don’t believe I will accept the role of ambassador again. I am grateful for Arlee and the team and I was glad to do my part in keeping the ball rolling, but my time is over. I hope someone else can fulfill the role next year.
What would I change?
I think if the hosting team could develop a mid- month check-in it would be helpful. At the end of 13 days, you would be required to validate your sign-up. If not, you are auto-removed. There would be a 3-day window or so.
This is an active challenge and if you can’t keep up or don’t even attempt it then you should be dumped and quickly.
Bloggers really need to make it easy to leave comments and or follow. I spent a lot of time filling in details just to leave a comment. Also make sure your comment button or follow tags are easy to find. There were a few I almost gave up on because I couldn’t find their buttons.
After the challenge I always say, “I’m not doing this again.” But……
Thanks to everybody for their comments and follows and congrats to all who finished.
A special thanks to my good buddy JP for being there all month to chat with about our ambassador roles.