Monday, May 6, 2013

Reflections on the Challenge

Well, that was a nice break.
This is late, but here are my thoughts and reflections on A to Z.  It was fun. I was exposed to many other blogs to read, even some science blogs that update! I've already put up some of my thoughts and reflections. These are my thoughts as a whole. This was my first year participating in this, and I didn't really have a theme. Sure, I mostly posted about science and math, but I try to do that anyways on daily basis. And, well, some days I just wrote about random things if I was busy or lazy that day, like my E post, or my M post for that matter. It was tough trying to keep up and on top of it, I know I'm not the only person who has other obligations besides this blog. In fact, going through the people I follow, some people seem to still be finishing up.
So what knowledge did I gain from this?
People responded well to my first post, and my last post about mushrooms, but not the other one. I want to go back to some of the post I did and start to figure out what I did well, and what didn't work. I know that my V post did so well because I was so proud of it I posted it everywhere I could. It payed off. Others, like the mushrooms, sort-of did well but I think they need some work. See, this is the stuff I like to work on. I used to stomp around when my posts where I'm tired and writing to get rid of thoughts did well, because I'm not a fan of it. So I like it when I write something about vectors, mushrooms or non-Greek mathematics and it does really well.
I learned that I need to have a point when I'm writing. I did my post on the Krebs Cycle, and no one read it. That's fine, I hated it, and I know now that it was partly because I sat down and just started writing. I had no destination in mind, no goal, I just wrote. So it goes everywhere and can't decide what it wants to talk about. I almost ran into this problem again when I tried writing my first post after the A to Z challenge. Probably because I spent a month writing short posts, I figured out why I was so unsatisfied and preceded to hand-write 4 pages which I then posted. Yeah, it's long.
I tried some programing I've been working on this month. I drew some pictures to post. I got out of this long deep funk I had about writing by having fun and experimenting. I'm going to lay off trying anything wild for a while though, and go back to practicing for the next time a month long challenge happens.
I said it before, but I want to try posting at least twice a week this month to see how it does. Now, when I say Tuesday and Thursday, I mean later on those days. Yeah. So keep your eyes open for that. I want to start making more of a social network presence (except for Facebook, maybe I'll make some sort of page soon, but I like a little less than 200 friends). As I get around to it, they'll go up here. Also, I want to do another blog hop challenge thing. It was fun and exciting, I liked seeing new readers, and I get better as a writer when people read what I write (go figure).
Before I forget, I want to say that I'm disgusted. The winter Olympics are in Russia this winter, and like many countries that get the Olympics, they are working to make they're country beautiful to visitors. People who've been keeping up with my site recently might see where this is going.
Did you know it's easier to catch and kill stray dogs then to put them in a shelter? Moscow is budgeting $54,000 to exterminating stray dogs. And they have a reputation of doing it in cruel ways. To sum up both articles, funding shelters would put a strain on the cities finances, but they can budget money to kill strays. And in the past, authorities handed out air-rifles with poison to volunteers to kill the strays. People have pointed out that this does not solve any problems, in fact the rat population increases when the stray population decreases. So click above to find out how to donate and spread the word.


  1. I think differences in views might have something to do with the time of the month they're posted. I've noticed several bloggers have said that their statistics went up and down based on whether it was the first day or toward the end of the month.

    I hadn't heard about the stray dogs. That sounds horrible.

    1. I didn't think of that reason. I've noticed a jump at the beginning of the month, and one toward the middle. Interesting. I wonder why.
      Right now I'm spending a little time trying to spread the message about these dogs Please help spread the word.

  2. I agree with Golden Eagle that timing is huge, though content is important as well. Your vector post kind of blew my mind--in a good way. So sad about the dogs in Russia. Thanks for spreading the word.

  3. That is horrible what they're doing in Russia. Just adopted a puppy from a rescue, and I'm pretty sure her mother and newborn pups would have been exterminated. So sad.

    My visits stayed pretty level throughout the month, those there was a spike at the beginning and end, but for the most part, I had lots of new people to stop by.