My thoughts on my first challenge was that it was so inspiring.
- It inspired to me to write daily.
- It inspired me to have the courage to put some of my "views" out there in the open.
- It inspired me to leave my comfort zone and go and visit new blogs I would never normally have dared venture towards
- It inspired me with lots of new ideas and stories I found out there written by some very talented people.
- It inspired me to get better at learning about technical issues and asking for help.
I really do want to say a big thank you to the organisers for creating all of this. I have loved it. I have been energised by it. I made sure I replied to every comment I received and I shall miss it but I will also be really looking forward to next year.
I tried to visit five new blogs everyday but have to confess I did find this difficult (due to time constraints) and also sometimes found it very hard to leave a comment or to follow someone - it was normally easier if wordpress or blogger as I am a member of both - didn't want to fill in all the details "google" wanted.
I did find favourites which I returned to regularly and some I even began to think of as my "friends" out in cyberspace.
I particularly liked:
Fil's Place - her love of folk and Irish music history and the many song snippets she posted gave me tranquil moments in my frenzied blogging activity http://fil-campbell.blogspot.co.uk
Drew Llew - his amazing stories made me guffaw out loud so many times http://drewllew.wordpress.com/
Glenda was really great at commenting on my blog and giving me a thumbs up on my viewpoint and telling it how it is on the US education front and I enjoyed seeing a high school perspective in her blog http://evolvingenglishteacher.blogspot.co.uk/
2 Smart Wenches was another teaching blog from the U.S. who gave me much needed support http://2smartwenches.blogspot.co.uk/
Ros through her genealogy blog gave me loads of new information and made me really want to research my family roots when I have some time to devote to this hobby http://genwestuk.blogspot.co.uk/
The wonderfully named Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax and Cabbages and Kings gave me visual daily delights with her wonderful pictures and commentary on the art of Degas http://castlepinesnorth.blogspot.co.uk/
and lastly but by no means least (although I was too much in awe to leave a comment)
Not a Punk Rocker - gave me a "no holds barred, gutsy - zany, poignant, edgy" hit on life in her rather difficult world on a daily basis http://notapunkrocker.wordpress.com/
Thank you to everyone who became a follower or left a comment it made everything worthwhile. I'd love to stay in touch so don't be a stranger!