#AtoZChallenge | Reflections on my fourth time. It’s all about the connections.

After taking a year off from blogging, I returned to the A to Z Blogging Challenge with my creative spark renewed. I spent March prepping all of my posts so that I could focus the majority of my time during April on visiting and engaging with other bloggers which is one of my favorite things about this blogging challenge.

It was both strange and exhilarating to be blogging again after a period of inactivity. It was also serendipitous. As news headlines grew more dire and states began to issue shelter in place orders, having blogs to read and comment on throughout the month was an enjoyable distraction.

Click on any picture to jump to a slide show with hyperlinks to my A to Z Challenge Post associated with that image.

One of my goals each year with the challenge is to connect with other bloggers. In a year where “social distancing” has become our mantra, I never felt isolated or alone. I was able to connect, albeit digitally, to my fellow humans in creative, fun and inspiring ways.

I virtually left my home in Maine each day and got to spend it learning about other cultures, discovering family histories and being exposed to unique perspectives. I read engaging works of fiction and came across new books, movies and music. I saw beautiful art from photographers and textile artists.

I read about what was making others nervous or afraid. And, I learned what people were doing to stay happy and hopeful. I got great tips on blogging and ideas to jump start my own creativity.  I learned about new foods and essential oils.

Finally, even in these anxiety filled times, I got to laugh out loud as I read the many humorous stories and anecdotes shared by my fellow bloggers. I really love to laugh.

My own A to Z theme this year was Bliss. With that in mind, I am going to be sure that I take a moment to savor completing the challenge again this year. Savoring is one way to bring more happiness into our lives. It allows us to stay in the moment and fully appreciate the experience.

May you all savor your A to Z experience this year.

Thank you to all my fellow bloggers for the support and encouragement you provided during the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past month.  It really makes a difference when others engage with your posts.

It connects you to something bigger.  And connection is a good thing right now. Stay safe everyone!

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26 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge | Reflections on my fourth time. It’s all about the connections.

  1. mollyscanopy says:

    A lovely conclusion to your series — and I love the way you have visually presented your A to Z posts! I enjoyed learning more about Maine, having only experienced the state vicariously. And I really appreciated your regular visits to/comments on my blog during this year’s challenge. I hope to continue regular, weekly blogging after a bit of a break — and hope we can continue to connect via our blogs as this unnerving year unfolds. Stay safe and well!

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  2. J.S. Pailly says:

    With everything going on this past month, I had kind of a tough time keeping up with other bloggers. I seem to struggle with this every year. Prepping posts in advance is probably the right way to do it.

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  3. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    You did a fantastic job with your bliss theme. You weaved beautiful imagery and brought to light simple yet strong impressions of gratitude.Brava!

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  4. Trudy says:

    Your posts were wonderful. I enjoyed following along! I don’t always leave a comment because I have a bad habit of wanting to “think” before I respond but then forget to come back and share my thoughts! I need to improve on that so I can connect more often with others.

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  5. Anne M Bray says:

    Somehow, I missed your comment over on the Trucks A-Z wrap up.
    Seeing it all in one place really does help the feeling of accomplishment, at least for this visual blogger.
    I love how you did this and want to learn how! Teach me, master!
    (I used to make clickable visuals when I used Dreamweaver on my website, but those days long gone).

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    • Weekends in Maine says:

      I love clickable visuals too. For this one, I edited the pictures in Photoshop to add the letter overlay and then put them together an a WordPress gallery view as circle thumbnails. I added the html link in the captions.

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