This was the first time I had entered this blog into the A-Z Challenge. Unlike the Murch Blog, it at least existed before the challenge, but my entries were very sporadic (and some so cringeworthy that I hid them away!). The Challenge was in an effort to change all that.
And while I wrote, I discovered something about myself that I thought I had lost. The sheer joy of writing. Yes, there were times when I thought "this is so exhausting; I must have been mad to enter three blogs into the Challenge," and there were even times when I wondered if April was ever going to come to an end. But then I looked at my stats. Over 2 thousand views. 4.4 thousand views to my Twitter feed (shared with GenWestUK and the Murch Blog, of course). My Google+ account has shot up to over 92 thousand views. I wasn't just enjoying myself; I was achieving! Thank you to everybody who has given me a much-needed boost.
That's something that the A-Z Challenge can do for you. It can do so many different things for so many different people, but increasing your self-esteem is a benefit - mostly hidden until April is over and you have a moment to catch your breath. I'm still catching mine!
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