Last year I also joined up to try the challenge out and, as far as I can remember, things were going smoothly until I got to about to about "F" for forgiven and lost all access to the Internet. I missed "G, H, and I" and then went to an Internet Cafe` to see what I could possibly do. There I managed to post "J" for Jesus and that was the end of it. Oh well 2011 is long gone and this is 2012, right? I learned my lesson last year. I wasn't going to try again, no way. And then a whole bunch of my blog followers decided to join up. Not fair! I finally submitted on about the 23 rd of March, and the race was on.
I think in the first twenty four hours after signing up, I wrote eleven post and saved them in draft format but couldn't get them to schedule properly. Help! A chap from the UK eventually helped me get it sorted out and I was back on track. God is so good. Because of my struggles I actually gained a follower, one not even taking part in the challenge, Gill, who was struggling with the same issues. How about that?
Anyway, back to the challenge. Last year I didn't schedule any posts, but this year I decided to get as many written beforehand as possible, my aim was to have all posts written before the first of April, didn't quite happen. I think I got as far as "W" before I was stumped, which isn't too bad considering I only had a week before the challenge started.
|Quiver tree (source)|
Oh, by the way, all the highlighted letters and names are links.
And then came "W" for wild dogs. I Google'd African W and in the preemptive text African Wild Dogs was displayed, I had a topic. My friend Wynand suggested the topic for "X", Xhosa speaking people, as did he for the letter "Y", Ystervark, the rest I came up with myself, so to speak.
Now I must tell you I have what is known as a capped data bundle, essentially what this means is, I'm allowed 2 gigs of data a month and because of the amount of research I did for each and every post I published, I used up the whole bundle during April. Near the end I almost ran out of data to complete the challenge. But hey, I did it.
OK, so now you know a little about what I went through, but I must admit, I learned an enormous amount about Africa and the African continent. For example, did you know the whole of the United States of America, including Alaska and Hawaii fits into the Sahara desert with room to spare? Africa is huge. My research has taken me to places and revealed aspects of Africa I could never have known. Another thing I learned, people are fascinated by Africa, it's so different and so unknown. Way too big to write about in twenty six short posts.
As far as blogging is concerned, I've missed the blogs I follow on a regular basis simply because I've been a bit overwhelmed and the number of comments I've receiver and left has left me not knowing how to cope. I do still have a life outside of blogging that needs my attention too. Neglecting that leaves me kind of broke, if you know what I mean?
I've decided I like Blogger more than Wordpress, not that there's anything wrong with Wordpress, I just don't like all the e-mail notifications. My e-mail is full enough already. As far as the new Blogger interface is concerned, I hate it. Why change what is already working excellently? Now I have a huge struggle to find things I'm trying to accomplish and things that were simple and reliable are all screwed up. Not cool.
Back to Lee's challenge. It would be nice if there were some sort of category addition so we could know where bloggers usual thought train is displayed. What I mean is, Humor, Philosophy, cooking, art and so on. Oh well, I suppose it is a social networking thing and we are bound to experience life through the eyes of everyone anyway. Will I take part again next year, absolutely not, no I won't, no never, no, Ok, if you insist, argh rats.
Lee, I want to let you know that it has been an absolute pleasure taking part in your A to Z April Challenge, I learned a lot and, despite my reticence, I'll probably take part next year. It was a good idea, well done, Geoff.
|Sunset on the Zambezi River (source)|