I think as the night rolled over to greet May 1st the people of the blogosphere let out a deep sigh of relief. It was fun, but I’m glad it’s over.
Part One of the Challenge: My Posts
I was happy that many of you enjoyed my gemstone posts. I worried that everyone would just scratch their heads and move on. And I know some did. My posts read more like mini-reports, but, for me, it helped me get through it. I spent time developing my “A” post. Then I was able to plug in the information for each gem followed allowing me more time to visit other blogs.
I am now very curious if the magical and mystical stuff really works.
So, here’s my plan: everyone pick a stone, wear it for month, and report back.
X & Y were problematic. As we got closer to these letters, I began to think of “cheats” like yellow topaz and xanthic sapphire. Then I did vesuvianite and low and behold, I discovered in the notes an X gem. This led me to scouring information on rocks looking for a Y. Thank goodness I found it when I hit the C stones.
Yes, I did jump up and down.
Next week, I will do a follow up rock post on how to use those gems.
I’m considering adding a new rock every now and then. If there is a stone you’re interested in knowing more about, post it on the index page here (or use my contact page).
Part Two of the Challenge: Visiting Blogs
I started out strong visiting between 20-30 new blogs a day along with several of my regular blogs. However, some of my regulars slide through the cracks. It was also hard to comment on comments on my own blog, but I tried.
Sadly, a death in my family midway through the blogfest brought my blogging to a halt. Again, thank you to everyone who stopped by that week and left words of encouragement. It meant something and it was appreciated.
It was fortunate that I had a week’s worth of posts ready to go. When I returned, I rushed to get the next post up and return visits to everyone. Then I looked at my reader and saw over 1000 new posts. I thought about it then clicked the “mark all as read” button. Sanity is worth something.
I was not the only person to suffer a loss this April. My heart and prayers are still with you.
This and That
I found lots of new blogs to visit and follow. I reconnected with some bloggers I already followed too.
A few days I got overzealous, I randomly clicked through to blogs, I read, I commented, trying to visit many new places only to realize I forgot to follow my new favorites after I closed all the windows. I could only hope they would visit me.
I hit several blogs that ended up forgetting the blogfest, were unable to participate, or signed up with the wrong URL. It was a bummer, but I visited them anyway (except for those who input the incorrect URL [What’s up with that, anyway?]) and commented. Next year (did I really just write that?), I don’t think the sign-up sheet should go up quite so early.
I was sad every time I ran across a site with word verification on. I really struggled with the decision to follow anyone who used it. I follow hundreds of blogs and WV slows everything down.
Side note: Blogger’s spam filter works great and if something gets through and you mark it as spam, it is sent to blogger and they update their filters. SO, turn off that word verifications, ‘kay?
I found several new people that I felt a connection to too. Their posts moved me, made me laugh, or in some way inspired me. I’ll be spending the next couple of week sorting out my reader and learning more about these new people.
I did not get much of anything else accomplished.
Most viewed rock: Lapis lazuli
Most commented on rock: Bloodstone
This was a dozy of a post did you make it through to the end?