This year's A to Z was very intense for me. I had resolved to write a new story for every day of the challenge. As always with my writing, I ended up with about 18-19 flashes of inspiration, a few pieces that were actually self contained flash fictions, two reprints and a poem. The fact that I made it through the month was a feat in itself. I was really struggling near the end there.
I had planned to pre-write all of my stories beforehand so that I would have more time to visit other blogs, comment, overall be a good blogger buddy. None of that really worked out. I got six stories pre-written, pulled the rest out of my butt as I went along, and really struggled with the visiting part.
I'm an introvert in real life, and that bleeds over into my blogging life. According to some definitions, introverts expend energy when interacting with other people, and need time to "recharge" afterwards. That's how I feel much of the time in real life, and that's how I was feeling during the challenge. I really wanted to interact with everyone more, but there were so many participants this year, and the task just seemed too daunting. I really did stop by and read many wonderful posts, but I always have a mental freak out when it's time to leave a comment. In addition to being an introvert, I have a fear of saying the wrong things to people, so I skip the commenting part, and then feel bad when I don't leave a comment.
Anyway, that got a little off topic, but it's just an insight into the mind of Jennifer, and why you never see her leaving comments.
I don't really have any suggestions to the madmen who organize and run the challenge every year. Really the whole thing is what you make of it.
I'd like to give a shout out to a few of the blogs that I enjoyed in particular during the A to Z.
Melanie Shultz wrote super short fictions of 150 words each (give or take a few) every day of the month. She was really inspiring, and caused a little jealousy on my part, in the way she got so much out of so little. She also just released her first novel on May 1st.
Colleen of Colleen's Write Brain had a really interesting theme this year. Each night she would go to sleep thinking of a word that began with the next days letter, and then she would write about her dreams. I don't think any of her dreams had anything to do with the words she was thinking of, but the descriptions of her dreams are funny, creepy, sad, cringe-inducing and sometimes just plain weird.
J A Bennett had a lot of great tips on becoming a better blogger.