I’m patting myself on the back, because I have managed to stick on to the #AtoZChallenge for two years in running. And I can boast about this achievement as a seventeen year old! Does this get any better?
Before I start ranting about myself and all the wonderful things I have learnt and experienced through this challenge, let me present to you the weird part of this post, the one I promised I would give you (in my last Sunday Summation post.)
Aurora has this magical effect on me. I have to start the day by reading a book, or else I’ll be grumpy the entire morning. I had a choice between “The Da Vinci Code” or “Tales of Beedle The Bard”. I chose the former, and was reading it till mom knocked on my bedroom door. I thought I’d tell mom that I didn’t want to attend class and she would allow me to stay at home, but that was a tall expectation. I had forgotten to complete my homework. I got up from my bed grumbling, but then I saw the screen of my phone light up: Guess who it was? It was Madam Rosmerta from Hogsmeade! She wanted to hire me as an Interior Designer! I was filled with a beautiful feeling of Joie de Vivre. I told mom about Madam Rosmerta’s proposition, and she kindly told me to attend classes and focus on studies for now. I was so angry, I wished that my classes would suffer the same fate as Lakshagraha! I ate my breakfast in silence, wondering about the beauty of motherhood and the sadness of being a widow. I packed my bag quickly, wondering if I had done the right thing by saying No to Madam Rosmerta.
When I reached classes, my friend asked me if I was okay. Without waiting for my reply, she asked me if I wanted to attend a party for another friend’s birthday. She wanted me to try this hotel which had this famous dish : Qatari Chicken Majboos. I asked her if we’ could go to Sheroes Hangout instead. Looking at her blank expression, I shook my head and proceeded to book a table for one there.
The lecture started, and all I could manage to do was munch on Ukadlelya Shenga on the last bench of the classroom. I dreamt of adding a new villain to my novel, but then I thought that would be unwise. I started focusing on the blackboard once I ran out of peanuts, because I knew that when I wake up on the last day before the exams, I’d be cursing myself for not paying attention! But the battery in my brain had already (e)xpired. I then wondered if performing yoga on the rocks would boost my brain skills. But then, I know zilch about exercising.
I’m sure that after the initial puzzlement and weird experience, you figured out what the hell was going on. Have you identified your own post from among these lines? I do hope you liked this story although it had absolutely no central plot. *hides face*
A few things that I have learnt through this challenge:
- Commenting: Many of you might have experienced first-hand the problem I had with commenting on posts- My comments either lacked maturity or spilled too many personal secrets out. But through this challenge, I think I have learnt to comment effectively. I know how to focus on expressing my thoughts about the topic, and offer my view-point about the presentation and style of writing. I have stumbled sometimes, but I do feel that I am getting better at commenting. What do you think?
- Reading posts quickly and efficiently: Reading 24 blog posts in one hour and commenting is not a joke. But I have only one hour to spare everyday because of classes and studies et al. This has helped me master the skill of reading blog posts, understanding the essence of it and quickly grasping the gist of it to comment properly.
- Not everyone shines everyday: Yes, there have been a few times that my fellow companions in this challenge couldn’t keep up with the pace (all because of legit reasons. Not reasons like mine: I’ve got more homework to do, I’ve got a dental appointment etcetera.) But the thing that matters is that they always bounce back, and that served to be an inspiration for me.
- No ‘comment for comment’: I didn’t really understand what the hullabaloo was about this blogging strategy. I comment on posts only if I really like them, and feel that they are worth sharing. Not if someone drops a comment on my blog post with ten-thousand links in them. And I doubt that would change, ever.
- Encouraging one another: Thanks to the fact that I had scheduled all my posts for midnight everyday of the challenge, I didn’t have to really worry about my next post or anything. But there were a few bloggers who needed that nudge in the right direction, a little motivation and some appreciation. And I’m happy to say, I learnt how to encourage bloggers to keep writing for this challenge! I do hope that I helped, I really did try to!
I took up this challenge after a four-month-long blogging hiatus. I was pretty much worried if I would be able to write these 26 blog posts in my usual fabulous style. The few posts which I wrote in March weren’t really excellent, in my eyes. But after blogging for every day of April (yes, I haven’t even missed a Sunday) I feel pretty confident that I am back to my fabulus self. I’m so totally gonna rock May!
Do share some happy moments from your AtoZ journey in the comments below. If you have any criticism/sweet words to say to me after reading 26 posts of utter stupidity/fabulusness, do share that too!