Sunday, May 01, 2011

A-Z Challenge Aftermath and Interview

AHH…so this is what life looks like after the April A-Z Challenge!
Blue Sky
Delicate Floral Fragrances
Birds Chirping it Spring?
WOW! Where did the time go…

The following interview will summarize my experience with this writing challenge and the impact it has had on my existence.

HRH: So, Jenny...what made you want to enter a writing challenge in the first place?
JP: Well, ever the glutton for punishment I figured what the heck let’s see how much more I can pile on my already over burdened shoulders before I break.
HRH: Really, that’s a bit dramatic, don’t you think?
JP: Look who's talking about drama! But, generally speaking, it's how I do things. You’ve heard the saying, “If you want something done, give it to the busiest person.” Well, as busy as I was I just wanted to give this a try and see what happened.

Besides, I love being challenged. 
HRH: Well, I see from reading your posts, for this challenge, that you seemed to have a theme going on?
JP: Bright little light aren’t you?
I started off with every intention of enlightening my 55 Followers about my work world; but I soon realized even I didn’t find it that exciting and trying to fill twenty-six letters with my career would be a stretch at best, and torturous for my 55 loyal, devoted, amazing and awesome Followers.
HRH: You seem a bit stuck on the number of Followers you have.
JP: Look, you may not know this, being all cooped up in a castle and all, but Followers are the cornerstone that hold this whole blogging world together. So, yeah, I’m stoked that I’ve got 55 Followers. 
You know, when I started this A-Z Challenge on April 2nd, I had 26  Followers - yeah, that’s right 26, don’t look so stunned.
HRH: WOW! Gee...that’s pretty amazing. You’ve gained 29 new Followers...WOW!
JP: You’re not very good at this interviewing thing...haven’t you ever talked with someone that had fantastic stuff happen to them. Like, am I the first person you’ve ever interviewed?
HRH: Ah...well...kinda’...they don’t let me out much, you know, to mingle with the commoners, so it’s a little hard to know exactly what to talk about.
But, I think it’s really cool that you have doubled your Followers because of this challenge.
JP: It true, getting this kind of exposure with like minded bloggers, all wanting to be seen and read, is pretty gratifying. The folks that put this together are an impressive bunch as well. 
HRH: And who might these folks be?
JP: Your getting better at this, feeling more comfortable with the questions, eh? 
Here, I’ll give you the list of the hosts and maybe you can work it into your article.
Arlee Bird's Tossing It Out 
Jeffrey Beesler's World of the Scribe 
Alex J. Cavanaugh Alex J. Cavanaugh 
Jen Daiker's Unedited 
Candace Ganger's The Misadventures in Candyland 
Karen J Gowen Coming Down the Mountain 
Talli Roland Talli Roland 
Stephen Tremp's Breakthrough Blogs 
HRH: Pretty impressive list - I’ll have to check them out, during tea!
JP: You do that...and tell them Jenny sent you! Oh, and while you’re at it check out the very long list of excellent bloggers that entered this challenge.
HRH: Have you been to visit all of them?
JP: I’ve been too busy walking on water! What, do I look like a miracle worker to you? Really, give your head a shake there were over 1200 blogs on the list. 

Okay, okay...truth is I am making my way through the list and because I finish what I start I will get to all of them come hell or high water.
HRH: So, what do you think is next, now that this is over?
JP: You know that tall drink of water I was talking to you about, back in March...the one with that fast car? Well, I’m going to take him for a spin!
HRH: Be careful, there are lots of roadblocks out there and you may have to take a detour en route to where ever it is you are going.
JP: That’s half the fun, not knowing what’s around the next bend.
HRH: Thanks Jenny, for sharing your feelings with us about this challenge. Is there anything else you wish to say to the millions of readers that will see this article?
JP: If you already Follow - thanks. 
But, if you are one of the folks that leaves a COMMENT you are truly the icing on my cake! You are the SWEET stuff - the YUMMY part of this whole experience. 
You - dear commenter make this all worthwhile!
Cheers, Jenny


  1. Excellent review of the A - Z Challenge, and that's wonderful how many new Followers you have gained throughout the month of April! I've just hugged myself, and I'm feeling pretty happy right now!

  2. Great review of the challenge.

  3. What a great way to finish out the challenge! I'll be back... :-)

  4. this was lethally hilarious, Jenny :) Can't imagine what kind of photo session would have followed this interview if that grumpy editor of yours had decided to do one with the star of the interview:)))

  5. PS, Jens, be a darling, and lose the WORD VERIFICATION thingy, it's the most despised thing in blogosphere :)

  6. It's good that you're happy and have completed the challenge.

    The way that you put together the reflections post in interview style is pretty nice.

    The Madlab Post

  7. What a delightful way to summarize this challenge, Jenny. It has also been a delight visiting your blog during this month. Hope we'll stay connected.

  8. Jen, loved your answers. I hope that I can be like you one day, finished with the challenge and glowing because of it. Oh, a boy can dream can't he?

  9. oh my i loved this what a great review of the challenge and so happy you got some new followers. hugs

  10. Congratulations on the accomplishment. Pat yourself on the back for that one. I enjoyed your interview here too!!!

  11. Good for you!
    We made it through. Whew!

  12. A job well done with a great sense of humour.
    What's next?

  13. Your creativity amazes me each time! Well done!

  14. Hey Jenny, congrats on finishing the Challenge (and with your sense of humor intact too!) :) Lovely getting to know you, and I'm looking forward to staying in touch in the future.



  15. Good interview! I'm so glad I found you through the A to Z challenge. I look forward to visiting again.

  16. I cannot believe the people who fulfilled this challenge. That is absolutely amazing Jenny! Congrats on doing it and getting new followers to boot my fellow Canadian.


  17. Awwwww, I love icing! I just hope it doesn't make me look fat. It's always a pleasure to visit, Jenny.

  18. Nifty way to close the Challenge. Congratulations on making it successfully through the alphabet and extra congrats for your increase in followers. You've done well.

    Don't forget to pick up your Winner's Badge at my site.
    Tossing It Out

  19. Nicely done! Wow, that's a monster list of host blogs.

  20. Calling by to welcome you as a recent follower of News From Italy, thanks to our mutual blogging friend's Birthday Tribute. It is good to meet you, I hope you will enjoy sharing our little piece of Italy. I look forward to getting to know you as I follow back. Please note that due to inbox overload I do not subscribe to comments.

  21. What a great way to end the Challenge! I really enjoyed reading this, thanks for the smiles. :)


    WOW - so many wonderful comments!

    Thank you!

    To each and every one of you that has commented here please know I am truly appreciative of your support for my blog during this amazing A-Z Challenge.

    I encourage you to continue dropping by and saying hello.

    I am taking a moment to breath and then I will jump right back into the posting whirlpool! (with flippers and goggles on as well)

    Happy Thoughts, Lots of Smiles, and Big Hugs to all of you!

    Cheers, Jenny

  23. After the disaster that Blog of War has turned into (little interests and a 1/3 drop out on posting day) , I'm retiring from all forms of competitive blogging and returning to the run of the mill world of tedious stories about my life and leave everything else to talented bloggers who are capable of rising to a challenge….

    Well done for completing the A-Z challenge

  24. Hi, Jenny,

    It's been a while since I dropped by. I'm glad I got to make it to your reflections post... Well done and congrats and finishing he challenge.

    I'd also like to thank you for the truly kind comments you left at my blog. Now that things are calmer I hope to have the time to drop by more often!


  25. Hi, Jenny.

    I just wanted to let you know I have given you the Stylish Blogger Award on my blog, I love your blog and am so glad again that I found it. :)

  26. Brilliant! Such a fun reflections post, gosh I'm enjoying touring around just a bit more slowly than last month - that was a bit too hectic. Sue

  27. WOW, an interview with HRH?? I like you already and I'm not one of those hanger-on-ers but I think I'll follow you anyway because you seem interesting and I've got nothing, I probably have better things to do but I can add you to that list :)

    Great reflections; nice to meet you throught the hop; and I'll be seeing ya :)

    Cheers :)

  28. LOVED THIS. I've been reading a LOT of reflections posts lately, because Shannon @ The Warrior Muse and I are joining forces in another challenge. We're going to visit and comment at each of the participants, starting with the reflections post. We hope you'll join us!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    P.S I'm glad to stumble onto another nut job, I mean dedicated blogger, who wants to visit them all!


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