Author: Robin Rivera
Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, an educator and historical consultant. She writes dark young adult fiction, with diverse characters. She's currently querying a novel, and working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813) or on Twitter @robinrwrites. However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.
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32 thoughts on “2015 Blogging From A to Z Mission Debriefing”
Loving your theme 🙂 I think it’s really interesting seeing what everyone chose for their themes!
Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip
We had a great time doing the challenge this year. We didn’t do the Road Trip last year but this year we signed up and it’s proving to be a wonderful way to catch up on the blogs we missed in April. Thanks for stopping by!
I didn’t find you during the challenge but I am here today visiting for the A to Z Road Trip. Excuse me while I go look around. I hope to see you on the Road somewhere
There are so many blogs, it’s not surprising you didn’t catch us the first time round. I’m glad you found us on the Road Trip.
Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!
Mary @ Jingle Jangle Jungle
Thank you, Mary!
Congratulations to you too. Loved your music theme this year. : )
Well done for completing the challenge! I have yet to visit your AtoZ entries…I’m slowly working my way around the list beginning with the blogs immediately below me in the linky. Visiting and commenting on other blogs does indeed consume a lot of time, but at least we have until the start of the next challenge to finish our visiting!
Thanks for sharing your reflections.
Thank you! Congratulations right back to you for taking part. It is a hard challenge! I admire your dedication, I still have hundreds of blogs I missed visiting. The list was so long! My goal at this point is to hit all the reflections blogs, and I’m almost there. Thanks for dropping by.
Ah, I have to make sure I read your A to Z posts, they will help me I think. I read a few if I remember correctly.
Congratulations for finishing! And thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope that you’ll be back and enjoy it in the future.
Thanks! I’m glad you think our posts will help you with writing project. It was really nice to meet you this month. : )
Congrats on finishing. Your husband is a whiz with those graphics. You sound as if you had a great experience and I hope you’ll return next year.
Thanks! My husband is pretty talented, so is Heather’s guy. Our blog would be a graphics dead zone if not for their handy work. : )
Aw, thanks for the link! 🙂 And I think an ebook of your A to Z would be awesome. As other commenters said throughout the month, it really serve as a quick crash course on writing and plotting. (Crash course? 321 Blastoff theme? Yes, no, maybe?)
Also, I love extended examples from fiction, those help me a lot, so I’m super excited to hear about Brittany Constable’s blog/theme!
Hannah you are so smart. “Crash Course” is for sure going in next year’s theme pool.
Hello, your blog sounds as if it was fun… I’m enjoying going through these reflections posts as I presume they are the most energetic of the bloggers, to still be here! Hopefully i will see you next year. I did about three quarters this year which was better than last – don’t think i will ever get them all done, I thnk I write too much in the comments! Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com
Thanks for dropping by. Of course we will be back next year, we have a winning streak to maintain. : )
Well, ladies, you absolutely smashed it. I think it’s an excellent idea to turn the posts into an e-book, so I’ll look forward to hearing more about that during the summer. The tips you provided are an invaluable resource to both writers and readers, so to have that in book form, well, it would be really cool! I also loved the graphics, so kudos to your husband 🙂 I also think a fiction theme would be great, but like you said – next year is light years away! I’ll check out Pensuasion – that sounds like fun. I’m impressed you managed to juggle everything and visit so many blogs. I’m looking forward to exploring many more over the coming weeks. Thank you for all your support during the month, and for the mention. I’m really glad you liked the theme. I had an absolute blast 😀
Thanks, Mel! I think we may need to experiment with some fiction posts before next year’s challenge, the idea of doing something completely NEW while doing A to Z sounds like total madness.
I’m glad to hear you had a fun challenge. : ) The comments were always red hot over at your place, so I think it’s safe to say your theme rocked with Everyone!
Great reflection! I think your theme worked well, too, and you are so right about the graphic. I’m probably going to try and do that next year.
I also fell off during the second half of the month, largely due to family stuff. Just spent the weekend (mostly) digging myself out and getting caught up on some writing for May.
I’m thinking I am going to go through my comment threads over the next month and visit commenters I missed during April.
Thanks! I think the theme was a hit, but we did run out of space references after a while.
Graphics are my new thing! I want to have many more designed by the end of the year, and for all sorts of different types of posts.
I’ve spent today just moving blogs over to my WordPress reader and catching up on the blogs I really enjoyed this month. But soon I will have to do exactly what you’ve suggested and work my way down the comments list making sure I didn’t miss people. : )
Fantastic job on your A-Z Challenge! I loved all your posts and I agree that the structure made it easy to read/follow and to know what to expect. I’m excited to give Trello a try this summer.
Thanks! I know you did fantastic with your blog, but I have to say I’m a total theme and structure convert now. I doubt I will ever attempt A to Z again without this same type of set up. It really helped keep our word counts down too. We only had one post that topped 500 words all month. Let me know if you need a hand with Trello. I’d be happy to give you pointers.
Wow! Fantastic job, Robin and Heather. I know one of my favorites was the W for Wellbeing article. Writers don’t discuss that topic often enough, IMO, and it was great to see Heather address that. 🙂
Don’t worry too much about the end of the month, Robin. Family and personal matters always come first. I hope you’re doing OK.
Thanks for asking. Things are getting better, but we lost the family cat. My boys took it very hard and my youngest wasn’t sleeping at all for several days. It will take some time, but it will get better. : )
W was a great posts. I’ll pass your kind words to Heather.
I hope you do put these into an e-book. That’s a great idea. And congratulations on the 400 posts! As someone who normally writes a post once a week, reaching 400 would be amazing. 🙂
I hope you both enjoy a well-deserved rest from the challenge!
Thanks, Sue. I’m always amazed when we hit a major milestone. So many blogs die before the first year is up. But Heather and I are staying strong, and sicking to our commitment to blog every week. Sooner of later the posts start to add up, but adding 26 in a month really helps grow the numbers. : )
Enjoy your rest too. The amount of research you clearly put into your posts this year must have been insane, but so well worth. You really knocked everyone out with your posts! Just loved them!
You had great posts and I do hope you go ahead with making it into an ebook.
Thanks! Heather and I always have too many projects lined up. But everyone has been so encouraging, I think this one might get shifted to the top of the list. : )
Thank you SO much for the mention – proving my point once again that you two rock! This challenge was fantastically done. Clean, concise, informative. Really well done. Bravo!
Sue, you are too cute! : ) And you are very welcome. We love being able to do shout outs and links for other bloggers.
Great debriefing! And I’m glad you enjoyed my blog! <3 Your posts here were great. T and Z knocked it out of the park. I think the unique graphics really DO make all the difference (I got a ton of comments on my banners), but more importantly, your posts were focused and useful. That's a huge winning combo.
I'm definitely following this blog full-time! ^_^ Like you, I do have to give new blogs a grace period, though. (Luckily, I followed about 300 a month before the challenge, to get a feel for their blogs before A-Z… and yeah.. you're going to be following a ton!!
Three! Hundred! Blogs! Excuse me, I need to go back to bed now, I’m exhausted just thinking about that.
Your banners are fantastic. I think more custom graphics is my number one area of physical change I want to improve with the blog this year. I have the style and colors the way we like it, but we want to storm the Pinterest stronghold this year. Graphics are key to that goal.