It was the month of March. There were cues for the BlogchatterA2Z challenge all around social media. I was suddenly tempted to participate – should I do it or not? I had seen many people participating the previous years – but never once thought I will be tempted to participate as well.
Anyways, I gave in to temptation and registered to participate. But what would I write about (mine was a “Technical blog sprinkled with personal thoughts” :)) – was my next thought. Ultimately, I stuck with my blog theme as the theme for the “Blogchatter challenge” as well. More questions rolled in – will I be able to complete it, how will I do it – considering that school for my kids will be off and more and more questions cropped in!!
April rolled in punctually!:) and the challenge began… alphabets ‘A’ and ‘B’ raced by without much of a problem.Since, I was not writing a story – I had to think of something unique for each of the alphabets. The alphabets marched along, and the first week drew to a close. It was that time, that I realized that it was not easy writing about something new everyday with utmost passion and discipline. It was fun, exciting but it was hard work!
By the middle of second week, a routine had set it in. I was writing and I was reading a lot too. I had discovered a lot of new blogs and it was great interacting with new bloggers. I realized that there were stellar story tellers and hats off to all of them for weaving a story through the 26 alphabets!
Of course, through all of this there were Internet disruptions and travel was unavoidable too. I used to “binge write” for the alphabets that I would miss when I traveled and posted them on the go. There were some posts which were a bit short due to this. But the persistence to complete the challenge was present all along and it was an awesome feeling to move from alphabet to alphabet! I already knew I loved to write – but the month of April proved that I could do anything for writing! 🙂
Gradually, my offline world knew that I was participating too and I was “afloat” with my challenge by the third week! My kids knew I was participating in the challenge and were always there to read my posts! 🙂 Even my husband, who makes his presence on my blog by being absent found time to read it!! 🙂
Each day would begin with “What alphabet are you writing tomorrow”? 🙂 and my answer would always be “Wait and watch” 🙂
The tough nut alphabets ‘X’, ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ waltzed along and they really made me rack my brains!! 🙂 Finally, as I finished typing, the ‘Z’ post – I was happy and relieved that I had successfully completed it…. 🙂 but sad that it was over 🙁
It was definitely an exhilarating experience and I thank all my Blogchatters buddies and my silent and vocal readers for patronizing it 🙂 Cheers to all fellow bloggers for participating too and I look forward to participating again next year…
Jayanthi Manikandan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from India and a Master’s degree in Information systems with a specialization in Information security from Detroit, MI, USA. She has written blogs for Simplilearn, Whizlabs software, InfoSec institute and Jigsaw academy. She has created e-learning videos for Whizlabs software and Twenty19.
She has been passionate about Information security and has several years of experience writing on various technical topics. Additionally, she loves to pen a few personal thoughts here as well! 🙂