Reflections on A to Z Blogging Challenge, April 2022

This is my first experience with the A to Z Blogging Challenge. And just as I had expected, I thoroughly enjoyed it. But oh my, it was a lot of work too! 

What made it harder was the lack of planning on my part. Don’t get me wrong, I knew this was coming and was doing all the mental planning, but the actual work not so much. When the start date rolled around, I just had the first two dishes photographed! Thus, this turned out to be a real challenge. And it feels so good to have finished the schedule without dropping a single day. So yeah, a lot of work but a lot of fun too!

As part of the challenge, I presented 26 dishes from 26 different regions. A majority of them I had cooked many times previously; a few were newly cooked for the blog posting. The research looking for the perfect dish from the representative region, starting with the specific letter of the alphabet I wanted, was a fun experience. And once the rhythm of activities – cook the dish, take and process pictures, do the write-up, and post – was established, things moved a bit more smoothly.

Of course, I could not have done this without the friends who cheered me on. Molly of Molly’s Canopy (my guide and inspiration), Anita, Jeanne, Jeri, Michelle, Dee, Min, Dime, Pash, Lekshmi… I owe you all. You can pick a dish from the A to Z list, and I shall cook it for you the next time you visit me. And last but not the least, a big ‘thank you’ to Cux, my technical consultant and proofreader.

My only regret? That I could not be supportive of my fellow bloggers as much as I wished to be. I have immense gratitude to all those who visited my blog during the challenge and left comments. My sincere apologies to you all, and a promise. In the coming days, I promise to return your visits, in spades, absolutely!

The next year’s challenge? Yeah, I’ll be there with bells on. Already looking forward and doing some mental planning. Hoping I would do some actual planning as well, next time around. See you all next year! 

17 thoughts on “Reflections on A to Z Blogging Challenge, April 2022”

  1. Congratulations! That does sound like a lot of work. I’ve done this challenge several times, but this year I was the least prepared. Preparation definitely helps. See you next year!

  2. I think I do a lot of mental planning which I don’t seem to follow through but I’m glad you did. Your 26 dishes from 26 regions sounds exhausting and I don’t cook but I imagine it’s lots of hard work involved. And you did it on schedule which I always admire. I don’t do well with scheduling. Congrats on finishing the challenge.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a lovely day.

    1. Agree, it was a lot of work, but I enjoyed the whole process. Thank you for your kind words. See you along the road show.


    1. Thank you Cheryl! Take your pick from the 26 and we shall have that next time you visit. See you sometime soon.


    1. Thank you Kristin, for your visit and your comment. We have mutual friends in the genealogy blogging world though I know nothing about it. 🙂 Will be in touch in the going forward too.


    1. Yes indeed! It was great fun! Wouldn’t miss it next year. And planning to do some planning as well. 🙂


    1. Thank you! Hope to do much better next year. And yes, I’m going to go on the road show as well. See you along the year. ~Ria

  3. Congratulations on completing your first A to Z! It is a lot of work. I start earlier every time I do it, and every time I pledge that I’ll start even earlier the next time!

  4. Anita Jagath

    Thoroughly enjoyed the food and of course enjoyed watching the whole blogging process. You are truly an inspiration!

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