This was my first year participating in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge and I learned a lot. I thought I had done everything in advance that I needed to do. I chose a theme [Golden Age of Hollywood], plotted my alphabet topics, found most of my research sources, even had my first ten posts written and scheduled. What I failed to take into account was Murphy’s Law, or more like laws.
- If anything can go wrong, it will [MacGillicuddy’s Corollary: At the most inopportune time]
- If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong
- If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway
- If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop [Corollary: It will be impossible to fix the fifth fault, without breaking the fix on one or more of the others]
- Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse
- If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something
- Nature always sides with the hidden flaw [Corollary: The hidden flaw never stays hidden for long]
- Mother nature is a bitch: and not an obedient one at that
The first thing that went wrong for me was computer problems. I had used ESET’s Nod32 antivirus for years with no problem, but the last time it came time to renew, I was broke, so I decided to use the free, somehow highly rated, Avast antivirus. It gave me some false positives, but seemed to be working fine . . . until it wasn’t. It let in some malware that attacked both of my browsers (Chrome and Firefox) and kept freezing things up. I’m a more advanced user, but it took me a week to find and fix all the issues.
I managed to get a couple more posts done before some bad weather rolled in and triggered a major fibro flare. On normal days I battle fatigue and pain, but when I’m having a flare, it’s almost impossible to get out of bed, much less to sit in a chair (oh, I miss my recliner) long enough to do much on my desktop computer. I’m truly hoping I can get a laptop soon, which will help. It’s hard to be productive with anything on an 8″ tablet.
By the time I felt better, I was seriously behind and by the time I caught up, I was suffering from serious burnout. However, none of this has made me decide not to take part next year. I enjoyed the challenge despite everything and found some wonderful bloggers to follow. And I’m still finding more as I didn’t have the time before to go through the list of participants and explore.
I’d like to give a special shout out to Sarah Zama of The Old Shelter. Her theme of “Jazz Age Jazz” nicely juxtaposed with my theme at certain points and was enjoyable, enlightening, and well-written.