I know there will be a special date to post this (5/9?) but we have to get back to our normal schedule around here at the HOUSE!
I appreciate my partners in domestic crime for participating in this time-consuming venture, but I feel we all gained and enriched our blog for doing it! And here's our Really Real Housewives - Around the House from A to Z wrap up:
Liz - The list was huge this year. I'm not sure how many I visited, but at least a hundred or more. I'd say I was most impressed with the number of participants. There were so many, I had a hard time keeping them all straight. I most liked Alex's modified mini-A2Z approach. Proves that we can think outside the box while participating.
Do I have to have a negative? If so, it's that I read too slowly and couldn't visit more blogs.
Tammy - Loved integrating...that's sums it up for me. Meeting new peeps
Ashley - Our newly-wed housewife is in crazy scramble mode - she's moving! Trying to get the house packed and listed with a laundry list of stuff to do from the Realtor. (She did a great job putting together her posts in the midst of such a busy time!)
Tara - I visited about sixty-five blogs and feel like we had a good response. We got about ten new followers, which doesn't seem as big a thing to do as it used to, especially with a lot of blogs using Wordpress which doesn't have the "followers" option. I found several new blogs I enjoyed enough to try them after the challenge and give them a shout out!
That's What Anxious Mom Said - text speak and funny, witty acronyms!
S.T.U.F.F. - and exactly that, in vivid, entrancing, surprising images and photos - check out her X day!
Kissing Authors and Astronauts - blog of Amy Rivers, her voice is spunky, heartfelt, and full of life!
The Optimistic Antelope - Dakota spouts about life from her perspective as a young Christian - a very positive posy of posts!
And if you didn't get to see Heather M Gardner's saga of Stormy the Weather Gnome, you missed a special story! Worth a visit!
Top visitors I plan to visit back this week (month):
Mommy, RN - Cassie is a mom and a registered nurse (duh) and commented on several posts - I think we could learn a few things from her!
Burggraf's Blog - sounds intimidating, but Nicola Burggraf left us lovely comments all month! A real sweetie!
The Multicolored Diary - Zalka had interesting takes on some of our letters!
Getting Schooled - Charly Marlowe stopped by several times and gave us a chuckle!
Plus a big thanks to our loyal regulars:
MJ Fifield, Christine Rains, Jo on Food, Life & Chocolate, Yolanda Renee and C Lee McKenzie!
As an experienced A to Z-er, I know many participate expecting people to flock to their blogs without venturing out themselves. Blogging is a giving thing - you have to give without expecting anything in return, then be pleasantly surprised when you do! I always struggle choosing from the huge list of who to visit. It's impossible to visit them all. I'm always pining about wanting more time...then I just do what I can in the time I'm given.
I'm looking forward to reading what others took from the challenge this year. I believe the Reflections Hop will be a much shorter list of those who put the most effort into it.
Here at the HOUSE, we are getting back on track. And we have a lot of guests lined up in the coming months! Should be a wonderful variety of tips, advice, recipes, and overall fun! I hope you'll join us! Have a great week!