Initially, I had only heard about Blogchatter’s A to Z challenge, which I wasn’t sure I could do. We had to write one blog every single day for a month. It was a good challenge but I was too afraid to even think about submitting 26 posts in 30 days. Then, when I got to know about this #MyFriendAlexa challenge, I registered without thinking twice.
Now, by the end of the month and the challenge, I remembered the days at school, the feelings I had during an exam and how I would pray hard because the future was unpredictable. Result times were scary and some of us landed in the hospital with pressure too. Though I wasn’t stressed out this time, I was quite amused with the way I was blogging and how the month flew by. Here are my honest feelings of why I felt that #MyFriendAlexa brought back familiar feelings we had in school:
PRAYED HARD – I normally say my prayers every night, but like I would pray hard before an examination or test in school, I prayed hard at the end of September because I had no clue what to write for the challenge. Neither did I have anything lined up for October. And, I had to submit 8 blog posts during the month. Though having a theme wasn’t a compulsion, I thought it would be a great idea to theme my blogs. Finally, after omitting food, motherhood, fashion and make up, etc., I settled to write about our ‘inner feelings’.
PREPARING FOR CLASS TESTS – As mentioned above, writing 2 blog posts every week, along with designing creatives for each of them, wasn’t easy at all. It was like a weekly test I had to prepare for every weekend. It reminded me so much of how I would spend my weekends back in high school. Thinking, creating, preparing, finalizing, submitting and so on.
PRESSURE DURING EXAMS – I used to be a bookworm back in school. I could read 2 Sidney Sheldon novels in a day. But since, the past 15 years, I have totally neglected reading anything, though I still treasure my books and let no one mishandle or discard them. During this month, I made up for all those 15 years of abandoned reading. We had to complete the paper (Reading Lists) on time, otherwise, we would be thrown out of the hall (challenge). Of course, it isn’t wise to leave all the work (reading) for the last minute because anything could happen. Remember during the last exam hour, how our ink pens would get empty, pencils would break, sharpeners would not work, Mother Nature would be calling, etc?
EXCITEMENT OF MEETING FRIENDS – Just like how we would love going to school to meet our friends, I was excited to roll new bloggers and read what they wrote about. Some of them were really good and some of them had written awesome poems. Some had written inspiring short stories while others had written about heartfelt realities. While reading various blogs of various genres, so many memories and feelings came rushing back to me.
SATISFACTION WITH RESULTS – After the exams, remember how most of us felt when the results were out? Satisfied! Relaxed! Happy to have achieved something! Itching to go out and celebrate! Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I saw my World Wide Alexa rank drop from 3,14,037 to 1,35,064. My Country (India) Alexa Rank dropped from 25,709 to 8,814. You can also check your Alexa Ranking below!
BOOST OF MEMORY POWER – In this challenge, we could share any of the posts from the blogger profiles given to us, not only the ones they submitted on Blogchatter’s Blogrolls. During the reading, commenting and sharing with hashtags #MyFriendAlexa and #BlogaberryReads on Twitter, I felt my brain working hard trying to remember whose blogs I had already commented on and shared from other groups. I was simultaneously a part of 2 challenges and 3 reading groups for the month of October with a few common bloggers. So, my memory is definitely improving just like it used to back in school!
Besides being a challenge, Blogchatter has several prizes at the end of the month, too. I tried to keep myself from reading the list of rewards that they would cover, because I was unsure about completing the main challenge itself. So, let’s see who the winners are at the end of the month (October).
For now, this is my last and 8th submission for the #MyFriendAlexa challenge for the month of October! Yipeee! Thank you, God!
Can any of you relate to what I felt during this challenge? If you haven’t taken part in any Blogchatter challenges as yet, follow their page on Facebook and try registering for the next challenge in order to improve your writing, reading and memory altogether. You will thank me for it very soon! All the best and Cheers!
Cindy D'Silva, besides being a mother of two angels, is a belly dancer, writer and photographer. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is a detailed biography about her on the ABOUT ME page in case you would like to know more. :)
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