It’s Zee End! First Timer Highlights

Okay, that’s sort of cheating.  The end of the A to Z Blogging Challenge is here.  At first, I doubted my ability to finish the challenge since I was dealing with working full time, downsizing my house, researching my family tree, and going through yet another RA flare.  Not only did I do the challenge and made an entry for each day, but I had an amazing time making new friends, finding interesting blogs, and even got reacquainted with how much I missed writing.  It got the juices marinating again, and I can’t wait to work on a couple future projects.

But, enough about me.  I have read some excellent blog entries over the last month, and I would love to share them with you.  If you haven’t run across the following amazing writers, please do so.  I promise you won’t be sorry.

For a clever post on awkward medical questions and a grammar discussion with the presidential candidates, have a good chuckle at The Write Transition.

For a charming interaction with a monster, head on over to Kimberley Cooper Blog.

Take a virtual vacation to beautiful and exotic locations by landing at Ramblings of K.  For a relaxing getaway, disembark at Ramblings of a Writer for a beautiful tour of New Zealand.  Experience cities all over the world by travelling with My Life Lived Full.

For an interesting read about xenophobia and mythology, mosey on over to Ronel The Mythmaker – Life as a South African Writer.

For a beautifully written post on a velvet dress and other wonderful posts, breeze in to Joeyfully Stated.

For some deeply touching poetry, wander through the different emotions of Erhynireh and  That Mishmash.

For funny, sweet, and inspiring posts, pop in at Impromptu Promptlings – and Peculiar Ponderings.

Enjoy this short story by Soulgifts – Telling Tales (she has other wonderful stories, too).  I personally think this lady can tell the future.

There is beautiful photography to be found at Searching for Iron Man and Run Happy.

For exciting and wonderful things to do and see in the state of Maine, check out Weekends in Maine.

Become acquainted with a lovely, interesting, and wise lady,  and drop anchor at Just Fooling Around with Bee.  I’m listening to her music list as I write this.

For a blog with just the right amount of seriousness mixed in with humor, visit No Love For Fatties.

For a little bit of this and that and everything else, visit Crackerberries and Ms. AudreyC and Blissful Blog.

To read a great article on intolerance, be prepared to think at The Richness of a Simple Life.

A great place to receive some motivation and inspiration is On Becoming a Lemonade Maker.

Finally, for a hilarious and entertaining read, barge on in at Tales From the Cabbage Patch.  She’s a funny lady, indeed!

There are a couple from Blogspot that I’ve been keeping up with, too–take a look at Janet’s Smiles and Josie’s Journal.  (I apologize to you both because I haven’t been able to comment due to technical issues).

There are so many more and if I’ve overlooked  yours, hit me upside the head and I’ll mention you in a future post.

I’m so honored to have the privilege of peeking inside your lives this past month and hope you invite me to peek a little bit more.

Happy ‘Z’ day.  Hugs to you all.






  1. Thanks Dawn – very much appreciated 🙂 I’ll have to pop over and check out some of the blogs on your very impressive list! Have a great weekend.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! I have enjoyed reading all your entries for the challenge and look forward to what comes next 🙂 You have such a long list of bloggers here, I’m going to have to save it and check the ones I don’t know out!

  3. What an amazing experience! Congratulations in finishing the challenge, I am happy for you. Thank’s for the mention, I really appreciate it!

  4. Wow, thank you so much for including my site with these great blogs. Very kind of you! While I didn’t participate in the A to Z challenge, I certainly enjoyed reading some of yours and other participants’ posts. It’s always fun to see what people come up with. Thank you again!

  5. Thanks for the mention, it’s much appreciated. I’m really happy we “met” and I enjoyed your alphabet challenge. I think you did exceptionally well!

  6. Had some amazing time reading the blog and stories around it. I still remember the egg one!! 🙂

    Congratulations on finishing the blog 🙂

    1. I thought the same thing as Aneesh! I was looking forward to checking out the other bloggers that you were recommending not expecting to be on it. What a wonderful surprise and thank you for it, I wished I had read your post before I did mine, should have done something similar to show off all the awesome blogs I found from this challenge, yours included. Here’s to more future blog posts! Xx

      1. Not at all! I’m simply appreciative of the entire experience, and I actually will be looking up the bloggers you mentioned, interested to see what other great talent is out there!

  7. Oh, wow thank you so much for the shout out and I am glad you like my music list :-). I am doubting the wisdom though ;-). Thanks for a great “A to Z” experience. I’ll be back for more!

  8. Wow! What a cool way to end the challenge! (I wish I’d have thought of it… Or at least to have thought of keep track of all the amazing writers I’ve come across!!) I love your idea!! Congratulations on completing it! I’ve followed everyone (I think) who had posted comments before me! I’m looking forward to reading some amazing posts!

    Kudos! Thank you so much for including me in your list! I’m so honored!


  9. Congrats on finishing the A to Z Challenge. It was a crazy busy month but so much fun. What a great way to end it! I tried to visit as many blogs as I could during April, but still have a few to check out and will circle back to the ones that you highlighted that I may have missed. Thank you so much for including me in your final A to Z post and for your visits during the challenge. I really enjoyed connected with other bloggers.

  10. Thanks for regularly showing up to cheer me on. You did brilliant at wandering around the list visiting others. I’ll come back and mooch through the blogs you recommend. Just caught up on all yours, this years AtoZ went a bit different for me and I wasn’t able to visit as I’d planned.
    When I read all yours, Stuff particularly resonated with me. Well done on getting here.

  11. I ran out of time with reading and commenting, but I’m heading back now to catch up on your posts, I totally enjoyed the ones I read! I’ve hit that comment issue on a couple blogs too, and I have no idea what the problem is. I can comment on most WordPress blogs, but not all. If you like, you are always free to send a comment on any post to my email link that’s in the sidebar!

  12. Wow! What a lovely summary of your A to Z experience! It’s true that beyond the daily posts, so much of this April madness is the discovery of new blogs and the interaction with new bloggers. This year was no exception. I love how you summarized that part of the experience … and thank you so much for including me on your list. I’m deeply flattered.

  13. Dawn, I really enjoyed your A-Z blog posts! It took me a while to read them all but I finally found the time to read them. 🙂 I encourage you to write more and continue posting, I don’t know if you remember but I started writing again in 2009 after your encouragement when I met up with you on MySpace. YOU inspired me then and you still do. Now look at me! I’ve got 3 published books out and working on a fourth! Sales haven’t been great but I have been buying copies and giving them as gifts here and there, It was never about the money for me anyway, I just want t get the books out there and hopefully inspire others to write and pursue their dreams. Thank you for these wonderful blog posts! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them! HUGS Sis!!!

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