This year, I knew exactly what I was getting myself into for the Challenge. I think this is the first year that I was mentally prepared for how much work it actually is, but I think it's also the first year that I've been the least emotionally prepared. I actually almost backed out, but I decided to do it because it's a healthy, creative outlet and it would keep my asshole of a brain occupied.
I actually started off really well. I had a full week of posts pre-written and uploaded before April 1st even came around. Then I fell behind because I didn't get the time off that I thought I was going to. (Or rather, my day off was several days after it normally is,) One coworker went on vacation, two had prom, three got sick, one got fired for constantly calling out. and the crazy part is there were only five of us (now four, because, you know, fired the one).
Not to mention, I ended up sunburned, found out about two deaths, and then ended up sick.
This last month has been an absolute mess of a time. There were several days that I didn't think I would be capable of writing a post and I wanted to quit so many times that it's more sad than anything else.
But I stuck through it and I'm really proud of myself for that.
To be honest, I think that I needed to do the Challenge this year for my own sanity. As hard as it was to manage, it was the only routine thing that I had this month and it was the only way I was able to focus my creativity on something because I just didn't have time for anything else. It was stressful and difficult and I kind of hated it a few times, but that's exactly what a Challenge is.
It's not supposed to be easy. You have to think and keep trying and sometimes, things fall apart and you have to completely replan everything. And I absolutely love it.
I think I'm going to start writing my posts for next year now though. That way I can focus more on visiting people than on writing things.
In the comments, I would like to ask you to leave the best three blogs you've discovered because of the Challenge. Whether it's this year, last year, or even the first year. What are the three best blogs that you've discovered because of the A to Z Challenge? (Please leave a link, if at all possible!)