Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10 Reasons For Quitting DAILY #AtoZChallenge @AprilAtoZ ~ Ten On Tuesday

The April A-to-Z Challenge is meant to be done as a daily blogging challenge, with all the 26 posts published in April. However, I’m bending the rules a bit. I’m going to do this round of A-to-Z on a bi-weekly posting schedule, instead of a daily posting schedule.



My reasons for this deviation are as follows:


  1. I have some health issues due to which I have to set aside at least 1.5 hours a day for physiotherapy and Reiki.

  2. April is one of the busiest months at my store. So I don’t have much time for blogging in the evening (when I’m at my store).

  3. Plus, I have access to stable internet only at home. I’m forced to use my intermittent mobile 3G, via hotspot, at my store. As such, doing anything on the internet is a pain during the evenings.

  4. I'm at home till 4pm. So I have to cook three meals, eat two of them, exercise, do my Reiki, do all the other household chores, AND write my post and reply to everyone’s comments… all before 3.30 pm!

  5. Writing daily is affecting the quality of my writing. I’m not completely satisfied with what I have written so far in this series.

  6. With daily writing, I’m left with hardly any time to read and comment on the blogs of other A-to-Z participants, and I’m not okay with it.

  7. The theme I have chosen—inspirational posts on the A-to-Z of happiness—is one that could benefit many, if I do proper justice to it.

  8. The selected theme calls for posts longer than 100 words, and it is not an easy job reading long posts on a daily basis. I don’t want to burnout my readers.

  9. Reading such long posts is even more difficult for my fellow A-to-Z participants, ‘coz they have to keep up with something like 50 blog posts a day (just taking a rough average).

  10. On my last 3 posts, I've received a few comments that have clearly been made without reading the post, which is a shame, because this series ought to be read. It can actually help people.

For these reasons, I have decided that I will complete the series but not as daily blog posts. I will do only two posts in a week. It will give me enough time to write them properly. And it will give my readers enough time to read them completely. Plus, it will give me time to read and comment on the blogs of as many A-to-Z participants as I’d originally planned to.

What do you guys think of this plan? Will it be easier for you to follow my posts if they’re not daily? What about my co-participants in this challenge? Will you guys continue to read my A-to-Z posts even after April is over?


Here's more in "Ten-On-Tuesday"!


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48 comments:

Kala Ravi said...

Hi Chicky. Hope its nothing serious about your health. I think what you are suggesting and the reasons for the same are pretty valid. All the same, as a newbie at this myself I don't know if there are any rules on A to Z about changing posting dates. Do check. Love and cheers

SHANAYA TALES said...

Agree. AtoZ is fun, but takes a lot from the person, in terms of time, energy, and commitment. If you feel a bi-weekly schedule will work better for you - do that. And health always comes first - take care of yourself. Feel better soon. Love. -S

Ravyne said...

I think it is a great idea for your schedule and health issues. I am a Reiki practitioner too :)
Best Wishes!
Lori

My A2Zs @ As the Fates Would Have It & Promptly Written
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Vidya Sury said...

I think you're smart and brave to make this decision, Chicky. Your reasons are absolutely valid. I am feeling fatigued on Day 4 - simply because suddenly there are too many offline things to do that are bigger priorities.

Of course I will continue to read your posts. You take care of yourself - life comes first. Hugs!

Chicky Kadambari said...

No Kala, nothing serious at the moment, but it can get worse if I neglect it. I don't know much about the rules. Don't care right now if they strike me off the list.

Chicky Kadambari said...

True, Shantala. It does get hectic and crazy. Thank you! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Lori! Do you also practice the Usui Reiki?

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you so much, Vidya, for the kind words! I have absolutely no idea how you are managing 4 blogs!

Aditya Sinha said...

Blogging is Passion. And so one should stick to what he / she loves.
Your posts would still be awaited.

If you have time do visit my takes on : http://facetsofadienglish.blogspot.in/
http://facetsofadishortstories.blogspot.in/

theerailivedin.com said...

Life with priorities and health should definitely be your top priority. As far the blogging challenge you can always take it in your own stride.
It's my first time with the challenge and I can safely say all your points are valid.
So take your time, be grntke on yourself, take care of your health and we're right here waiting for you to post :)

Hope you get well soon :)

Mithila Menezes said...

Take care of yourself first. We're always here to catch up on posts. And don't worry if you're lagging behind in reading posts and commenting on them. You can do so even in May, because there's something that AtoZ organises at that time for those who missed out on reading posts. They had done it last year, and I hope they do it again this year :)
All the best! <3

Sunila Vig said...

Chicky my dear , firstly Hugs. Absolutely sensible, what you have decided, I am feeling drained by day 5 :) myself with no ailment or anything. And yes I will read all your posts in any case as they will be of good value for sure. Love.

Dhalia said...

Reading and commenting does take its toll and I was going to comment in your 'calmness' post that it is playing havoc with my exercise schedule, which was all but nonexistent before. I got an earful (justifiably) from my hubby for sitting and only sitting the whole day. And this is after I have pre-written most of my posts (as suggested by the organizers). But there is no getting away from it, networking with other bloggers is a time consuming task. All the best with your revised schedule while I try to work in some activity in my schedule!


@mysilverstreaks from
Storiesandmore

Ls said...

Chicky, take care of yourself first. The posts can wait. We will be always there to read your posts. I agree what you said about the A to Z. Last year I had stopped after the letter G as I could feel it was being forced. Like you, I had too many things to do last year. Write whatever is comfortable for you. Thats my policy too.

bellybytes said...

I think many participating bloggers have already done their posts and have scheduled them to come daily.

I hope your health issues are sorted out but basically it is a good idea to blog bi-weekly - it does give you more time to do other things.

Mars said...

Most importantly take care of yourself first and foremost... I will pop and catch up when *you're* ready!

Mars xx
@TrollbeadBlog from
Curling Stones for Lego People

Sheethal Susan Jacob said...

A-Z can definitely take a toil on us. I just have to go to work and no household works or anything. And yet I can't find ample time to ponder and write and keep up with the challenge. It's a wise decision to stick to something which works for us, rather than stressing over the whole lot. And take care of yourself. Posts can wait, but health won't.

Rajlakshmi said...

hey take care of your health. Nothing comes before that. I can totally relate to not happy with quality because that's what happens to me when I am too busy to write. But don't worry, I have been loving your posts till now :)


A Whimsical Medley
Twinkle Eyed Traveller

Parul said...

Of course I will read your posts and do what works best for you. I wrote a couple posts in advance and that's helping but trust me, daily blogging is not easy. You take care of your health first. Rest comes later. Hugs!

Tracy S said...

I can completely understand! And your health really does come first before anything else. I look forward to seeing the rest of your posts - extends the fun beyond April too :)

Tracy (Black Boots, Long Legs)

Sue Loncaric said...

Hi Chicky! good for you! You have realised that perhaps daily is not for you and you are doing something about it. I'm sure that it doesn't matter if you write daily, bi-weekly or weekly as long as you are happy. Take care and I look forward to your next post. Sue @Sizzling60 from
Sizzling Towards Sixty

Nibhz said...

Hope you are doing fine now. Like Vidya said, it seems everything on earth has decided to come up in my life right now. It like constant reminder set in my mind that by the end of the I have to write, read and comment! Phew! I'm also already tired and wondering until will I be able to continue.
You made a good decision and your theme in inspiring enough to make us back again and again. It will only show you true readers! :P

Nibha @ Expressions

Chicky Kadambari said...

You're right, Aditya. Thank you!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Mera Era! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Mithila, I remember it. At the bi-weekly rate, I guess I'll take 3 months to finish till Z! :p

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Sunila! I'll be catching up with your posts on an alternate basis, I guess.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Exactly, Dhalia! It calls for constant sitting on your computer/laptop! You even forget to get up to drink water at times!
Last year, I'd decided that I would also pre-write all the posts, but I couldn't decide on a theme in time. So everything is last minute again!
All the best to you for the challenge. See you around!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Lata, I would have left it too, if I had continued the daily schedule this year. This way, at least the posts will get written, even if they're late! Thanks!

Chicky Kadambari said...

True, Bellybytes! Most of the veterans have written all their posts beforehand. I guess that's the best way to do this challenge.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Mars! That's very sweet of you! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Sheethal, imagine if I were to end up stressed out and anxious over a theme on happiness! That would be just so wrong, wouldn't it? :P

Chicky Kadambari said...

You're right, Raji... thank you! :)
Hugs!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thanks Parul! Hugs back to you too! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's a positive way to look at it, Tracy! Yes, it will extend the fun beyond April! :D Thank you!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thank you, Sue! You are very kind! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh! Nibhz, don't burn yourself out, girl! Change your schedule too if you need to! See you around!

Geets said...

O.. And I was wondering where is your comment from the list on Facebook BAR thread. I hope you're doing fine. And your health is above everything, and the rest is all secondary. And the reasons that you've written are only genuine. How can someone read or comment with having so much on the plate and on phone P
Even with a speedy connection, I find it irritating to do it on the phone.
Lots of Hugs to you. And this challenge is only for fun and as long as you're having one, you continue or else do as it suits you :)

Cheers
Geets

Chicky Kadambari said...

Haha! Yeah, Geets! That's why I decided to find a workaround! :)
Cheers to you too!

theaddress said...

Hey Chicky!
I think the daily blogging challenge is more to grow as a person and a blogger at two levels -- get into the habit of effortless writing and creating great connections.
as long as you are able to enjoy the process and manage both , I guess you can create your own rules as you go along.
wish you get better ..and hope you continue with your version of the challenge and have fun while you do so!

Archana said...

Completing the challenge is important but not at the cost of your health. You obviously have a lot on your plate. Take care and look after yourself. You have a bunch of loyal readers so have no worries on that front!
Cheer up!
@yenforblue from
Spice of Life!

Bhavya said...

And I just wrote my last 4 posts in a row now. Perfect time to read your 10 on Tuesdays :D
Take care of your health as that is more important than any blogging challenge. TC.

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's true, theaddress! Thank you!

Chicky Kadambari said...

I sure do, Archana! Thanks! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

It definitely is, Bhavya! Thank you for dropping by! :)

Debbie D. said...

I was wondering why I hadn't seem more of your posts. Please take good care of yourself. Life comes before blogging. :) Many of us are struggling to keep up. More and more I think the key is to do shorter posts and get them ALL pre-written and scheduled. Maybe next year. :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Debbie. Having them all pre-written is the only way to do this challenge without completely cutting off other areas of your life! Let's see about next year, Debbie. I'm not much in favour of daily blogging challenges at the moment.

Ranee Kaur Banerjee said...

It's true I came to your blog as a courtesy and to thank you for you leaving a comment on mine (purplemangotree.blogspot.com), but I've fallen in love with this pumpkin's thought process as well as the bright yellow and green colours! I absolutely endorse your reasons for not doing daily posts if you feel rushed and dissatisfied

Chicky Kadambari said...

@Ranee Kaur Banerjee - Thank you for dropping by and for your appreciative words! :)

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