- I enjoyed the challenge of writing more frequently. It did help me to "get over it" in terms of feeling like every blog post must be a work of art.
- I enjoyed getting to make some new blogging friends
- Obviously, it was a bit tiring to both write every day and read so many new blogs. I didn't come anywhere close to reading 5 new blogs per day, and often felt like I wasn't really giving the posts I was reading adequate attention.
- It was really hard to find blogs on the list that were of interest to me. I think they need a better system of categorizing - maybe each person who enters could add a list of their interests or something like that. Ideally you'd have a system where you could look up everybody with an interest in cats, or gardening or cooking or whatever - not sure how to do that technically without a database though.
- The organizers asked us to turn off word validation for the duration of the challenge, which I did, but HOLY MOLY! I was overrun with spam. Won't be doin' that again!
- Turns out April isn't the best month for me to take on a big time commitment - I fear my spring gardening stuff is WAY behind. Can't blame it all on the challenge, but it didn't help.
Over all I enjoyed the challenge of writing more frequently - but I have to say that I probably won't participate again. Just way too many rules for a rebel like me!
Part of my goal was to try to quell my perfectionist tendencies and make each post much less of a big deal. I think I did succeed in that, at least moderately.
If I'm honest though, another part of my motivation was to give myself something to focus on other than Princess being sick. I'm not entirely sure how emotionally healthy it is to distract yourself from feelings that you don't want to face... OK - I know it's not emotionally healthy, but neither is obsessing over every bite and breath your sick kitty takes.
For the record, Princess is hangin' in there, much to the surprise of my vet. We're working to slowly taper off the dosage of her diuretics, to see if having her blood pressure under control and backing off on the fluids will be enough to prevent her from going into congestive heart failure again. It's a bit nerve-racking, but she's eating like a horse and thoroughly enjoying the fact that her mommy is letting her eat as much junk food as she wants and "sleep" under the covers (well, she sleeps, I generally just doze when she's cuddling with me.)
At any rate, that's my take on the whole challenge!