A to Z Reflections…

A to Z Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2014]

This was my 4th year participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge and my second year to participate as a helper/minion.

I was really excited this year because the first year I participated I had a book coming out a few months after the challenge and this year I have a second book coming out in a few months. I was also excited because my 500th blog post happened during the challenge. I will be celebrating that milestone next week.

Originally I joined the challenge because April is a tough month for me. The anniversary of my brother’s murder and my step-sons suicide are on April 26 so my husband and I both try to stay as busy as possible, doing the most positive things during the month. No matter what we do that date is always painful for us.

This year, the month life threw more bad news our way. My stepson was diagnosed with stage III non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We are hopeful and remaining positive. If you are the praying type we would appreciate your prayers.

While my husband was is Arizona with his son I had a medical emergency here in Philadelphia. I will be having a hysterectomy, soon.

I have to say that all of the bad news aside this was the least stressful challenge for me. Every year I swear I am going to pre-write my posts and every year I fail to do that. This year I did pre-write 7 posts and decided on all of my titles. It helped. I am still going to try to write all of the posts next year.

This year I had the least amount of visitors/comments. I commented on many more posts than I received. That was disappointing and unusual for the challenge.

All in all I am pretty proud of my participation this year. I handled all of my last minute book edits, spent a few days in the hospital, received sad news, dealt with frustrating issues at my day job, hosted a visit from my Mom and was only late with one post!

Cheers to all of my fellow A to Z’ers and a huge thank you to the challenge creator Arlee Bird: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com

And to all of the co-hosts and ambassadors;  Lisa Buie-Collard our Live Wire leader and to my fellow Live Wires!

Champagne toat for a to z

I’m looking forward to the road trip!

Thank you so much for reading along,


18 Responses to “A to Z Reflections…”

  • Sounds like a horrible month. I’m not one for praying but I will send you positive thoughts 🙂
    I love the idea behind your theme – what a fantastic way to promo your book and a good way to get your readers interest in it piqued! Very original idea and I hope it works out for you 🙂
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip

  • Sounds like you had an eventful month. I do hope you are feeling better soon. I had my hysterectomy in December, and while it took some time to heal, I do feel MUCH better! Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

    Mary @ Jingle Jangle Jungle

  • I think you did great. I’m so sorry for all the tragedy you’ve experienced. I only schedule the first week, then try to write ahead a day or two. I also had just two days where I wrote that morning. I have too much going on, and want to write what’s current, so working too far ahead isn’t my thing, right now.
    I am excited for you book to come out. I am definitely a supporter. I’d be happy to read and review it. I think what you’re doing is a wonderful, humanitarian, thing. Thank you.
    And, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog during the challenge.

  • Sending lots of love and positive thoughts. Congratulations on participating in the A to Z Challenge. I’ve loved reading your posts.

  • Thoughts and prayers to you both! I know how challenging life can be at times. I always like to say, and this too shall pass. Wishing you well and positive vibes!

  • Your stepson is included in my prayers. Blessings to you all…..

  • Sorry to hear about all the bumps in the road. You’ve really got a lot going for you personally. In spite of it all you managed to hang in there and be a big help to the A to Z Team as well. Thanks for everything you put into the Challenge this year. I hope things will be looking better for you in the days ahead.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host

    Tossing It Out

  • I am so proud of you, Doreen! You did it! I applaud you. And I’m praying for you and your family. What a heap of horrible news and happenings. I’m so very, very sorry. Truly, you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Oh my, you really had a tough month! Unfortunately, I don’t pray, but you and your family will be in my thoughts.

    I think it’s sad that some of you read many blogs, and commented on them, but didn’t get many visitors yourself. I’ve to confess that I didn’t visit as many blogs as I wanted to, but I always revisit my visitors. I’m curious who they are, what they think and write about. Besides, it’s also a question of courtesy.

    I think you did a great job on your posts – I missed quite a few, but I’ve just read through all of them, because I really liked them. Looking forward to your book!

    • Thank you so much for the good thoughts! I have a few blogs and posts to catch up on from the challenge. I would love to visit every one of them between now and next April:)

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