The last time I survived the #atozchallenge was 2014. So, surviving it again this year (after 2015’s less-than-perfect performance) was awesome!
This year, about 10 of my posts were written way ahead of time which in itself is an amazing feat since I normally prefer writing my posts on the day itself.
Some days, I had no idea what to write about and instead of stressing myself out about it, I just let it go (because the challenge is supposed to be fun!), and wrote that post the next day (or the day after that ;P).
I liked the theme I chose this year because it gave me an opportunity to vent to strangers about my work conditions which was of course good for my stress levels.
I loved reading the comments I received and at times wonder if my fellow challengers think that I made up the people/ situations I post about because they seemed alarmed/ surprised/ suspicious. Unfortunately, every post in this challenge is 100% true, including the antics of The Boss and colleagues I wrote about. Yep.
I spent more time this year commenting on fellow challengers’ posts than the previous years I did the challenge. I loved the interaction and stumbling upon new blogs.
I also found several blogs that I will continue to
lurk at read 😀 –
- Roamin’ Gnomials – I loved reading about the people in his life and I found his writing to be engaging and humorous. Some of his posts were sad too and even those ones kept me hooked. His comments on my blog made me laugh, sometimes LOL
- That’s What Anxious Mom Said – Throughout the challenge, her posts about textspeak were informative and downright funny! I had to stifle my giggles every time I read them because I’d read posts while at work and I didn’t want my colleagues to ask me what I was doing. In the end, it sounded like I was trying to stifle a cough and they’d ask me “Are you okay?” “Ya.” I’d always reply.
- Herding Cats and Burning Soup – I’m borderline obsessed with Anna’s blog because it has book reviews, pictures of hot men and cats! Her posts about lust were at times NSFW and other times surprising like when she posted her P for Privacy post when I’m sure all her loyal readers were expecting something else LOL
- Stephanie Ingram – Stephanie wrote mostly creepy stories during the challenge but her last post was her “N” post. I loved reading all her stories and there were a few I would only read in the day time. I hope one day, she’ll expand some of the posts she did for the challenge into a full-fledged story. I’d read them.
Looking forward to the next A to Z challenge!
Note: This blog is where I post about my writing, my non-writing writing, writing classes I take, my poems…everything and anything writing-related. I also blog at Stories from Sonobe which is where I post about my life and all the strange/ weird/ funny experiences that encounter me. Do drop by and say hello!
30 thoughts on “I Survived Another #atozchallenge. Again.”
I will definitely keep following your blog. Congrats on finishing the challenge too, it’s not an easy thing to post everyday. I loved your Boss throughout, quite an amazing lady especially how she did you on the office party thing!
Thanks for stopping by and reading all about my office antics! I think you’re the only who loves my boss though… ;P
Awww, thanks for the plug! I enjoyed your A-to-Z entries about your workplace, because I think the same things about mine!
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Thanks Arlee! I’m glad to have made it. Towards the end, I was beginning to wonder if I could just stop at Y… and yes I’ll add my link on the 9th of May!
I loved your A to Z theme for two reasons – 1. The posts were hilarious! 2. It made me feel soooo much better about where I work. I still can’t believe your boss got a manager’s job, she sounds so disorganised and completely clueless!
Hi Debbie! Thank you for reading and commenting on what I’ve written 😀 I always tell myself that now I’ve experienced the bottom of the barrel in terms of how bad bosses can be, I can handle anything! LOL
I enjoyed your stories very much, and never once thought you were just making them up. I’ve got you in my Feedly for future reference. Glad you did the challenge, and I hope you’ll do it again next year, and the year after, and the one after that…
Hi John – Thank you for believing me LOL Well, I just had to put it out there that the situations I find myself in at work sometimes seems ludicrous and I have asked myself a million times “How did I get here???” I’ll be lurking on your blog too! 😀
Congratulations on your second successful challenge! I only found your blog after the challenge ended, but still the A to Z Challenge connected us. I think that’s one of the most fun parts of the event!
Hi Kei – I did the challenge in 2013 too and also survived then 🙂 So this is my 3rd survival! LOL I’m already looking forward to next year!
Wow, you’re a pro! I missed that, sorry. Congrats on your third successful challenge ^^
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I loved your A to Z series, and the stories you told – you were on my visit everyday list even though I didn’t always get chance to comment. I don’t think I’m aware of the blogs on your list so I think I’ll be adding some more blogs to check out!
I definitely didn’t think you were making them up, I spend most of the time going yep, yep, met that boss in another life!
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Thanks Mars! Your comments have been both delightful and thoughtful and I always look forward to them. I too lurk at your blog trying to pick up tips for crafting 🙂
Congratulations for being a survivor for the second year in a row.. same goes with me.. 🙂
will go thru your blog now as now the links will be kept open for us to hop to the other blogs at our leisure.
Hello Deepti – This is my 3rd successful year actually 🙂 Last year was a bust for me, the theme was too difficult and not fun at the time. It’s important to have a stress-less, fun theme so the posts can keep on coming! LOL
Well done on making it all the way through – congrats. I could never make it without writing my posts in advance – when it comes to normal writing I’m a pantser, when it comes to the AtoZ I’m a planner :).
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You’re much more disciplined and organised than I am! 😀 I try to write all my posts before April but always fail and then scramble. I’m learning not to let it get to me though. Hope you had a great April A to Z!
Congratulations on completing the challenge! I didn’t make it to your blog during the challenge, but it sounds like I really missed out. So I have now subscribed and intend to visit you more often during the year. I found it best to have all of my posts written before April arrived. But even with doing that, life tossed me a curveball, so I wasnt able to visit as many as I had hoped.
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Hi Mary – No worries! So many folks participated this year that it would’ve taken so much time to read every blog and leave a comment! I’m sure I have yet to visit more than 60% of the blogs that signed up too! The great thing is that I have the rest of the year to visit 🙂
I also fear I did not come across your blog last month, but it sounds juicy with all the workplace hijinx. I don’t miss that a bit. But as you have demonstrated, it makes for great writing inspiration!
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Hi Lissa – Thanks for the follow! Yep, I had a wonderful time venting about my workplace via the A to Z Challenge 🙂 Hope you had a good April!
Congratulations! So happy to hear you survived and also found some blogs that you will continue to follow.
All the best.
Thanks for dropping by and it looks like you survived too! 😀
You past the test, again… A++++
We made it…Hope you had a great time, thank you for your Reflection!
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Thanks for stopping by Jeremy! Yay to surviving! 🙂
Brilliant job on making it all the way through. The fun element in the challenge is important to me and it’s great to see that a whole lot of us did just that – have fun.
True! Every time I started feeling stressed about my post, I have to remind myself that the challenge is fun and I’m just being too harsh on myself. We’re all in it to support one another and I shouldn’t have to worry at all! I’m glad that you had fun too! 😀
I just had a confused moment, but then I realized I found your blog after the challenge and I have to go back and read your posts. LOL
Oh, why the confusion? 🙂