A-Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Reflection

A-Z Blog Challenge - Reflection Post - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThe Most Played Songs on my iPod A-Z

The A-Z Challenge has reached its end for 2018 and I’m glad to say it was a success for me! I’ve gained a few followers and I’ve spoken to many more people this time round compared to the last time I participated in 2016, so thank you to all of you that came along and commented or liked my posts!

2016 was my first year of doing any kind of challenge on my blog, so I was a little unsure about what I was doing. Although I did explore a few blogs through the month, I didn’t really take part in the way that I should have done, only really commenting on one blog throughout the whole thing. This time I made sure it was different. During the theme reveal, I made a spreadsheet (always a spreadsheet) and noted down the URL’s of the blogs that I thought would interest me the most. These are the ones that I’ve visited since day one. A few others I’ve picked up along the way, either because you visited me, or I looked at the daily letter list.

I’ve loved taking part this year. Talking about my favourite music has been so easy, even though the majority of it was taken over by The Wanted and Mcfly! I did benefit from scheduling the first half of the challenge before the 1st April, so I never did have to play catch-up – thank God! I already have an idea of what I might do for next year. I might even do my own challenge before next April, just to keep my blog alive! We’ll see, I do have many other things that need doing, like writing.

I haven’t really spoken about my books in this whole challenge, why would I? The theme was music. So, I’ll keep this short and sweet – I am an author. You can find out about my books by clicking on ‘My Books’ in the menu above, or you can click this link here. I’m always interested to know what people think of my books, so if you do fancy having a read, let me know!

Anyway… moving on. This challenge had the complete reverse results to 2016. This time round I had many people commenting and not many likes on post, 2016 was the opposite. It made me a little worried at first that people weren’t enjoying what they were reading, but I’ve almost doubled the monthly views compared with 2016 and people kept coming back. I’d say that’s a success! And to top it off, my highest views in a year was 923 in 2016, in the last four months alone I’ve had over 1000 hits to my website. It’s already the best year my blog has ever had, and we’re not even half way through yet.

Basically, after all that rambling, I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has taken the time to read my A-Z Challenge. It’s been so much fun seeing your reactions to my favourite songs, even if you weren’t too sure on the songs yourself! Hopefully I’ll see you around, but if not, I’m sure I’ll see you next April!

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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A-Z Blogging Challenge 2018 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorA few fun facts: Of the 1,199 songs on my iPod – I know, feeble compared to some – there have been a total of 16,039 plays. This equates to an average of 13.4 plays per song. If each song is an average of 3 minutes long, this means that I have spent approximately 801.95 hours listening to the music on my iPod or 33.4 days. This doesn’t include the many times that I have watched and re-watched music videos or the time before the iPod. I can guarantee things would look a little different if I could get the data from my MP3 Player or Windows Media Player days.

11 thoughts on “A-Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Reflection

  1. Song A Day says:

    I had a blast reading your posts everyday last month! I just realized that WordPress does indeed have a like feature on posts in addition to comments, so I’ll be sure to use that in the future, haha

    But for real, thank for introducing me to the fun selection of songs you did, it was a blast to actually have somebody to blog about music with this time around.

    Song a Day
    Reflections As A Daily Blog


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