My 2nd A to Z Challenge Reflection (#AtoZ)

This was my second year doing the A to Z challenge and I’m two for two in terms of completion rate. This year’s theme was literary devices which proved to be an excellent platform for learning and practicing some new techniques. Some of them better executed then others but all in good fun.

In addition to my literary theme I also incorporated a visual element where I created “found patterns” from each letter of the alphabet.

Overall my views for April (all posts not just #AtoZ were down vs. last year (1368 vs. 1703). This is on trend with my overall viewership which has been decreasing. My guess is that this is due to a general transition of my prospective readers from living mostly on-line to getting back to the “real” world.

Three Most Popular Post (by views):

#1: A is for Alliteration (40 views)

#2: B is for Bathos (37 views)

#3: C is for Catachresis (24 views)

Most Overlooked Post (by views):

Z is for Zoomorphism (5 views)

A to Z Blogs I Read Regularly:

I was sad to see that a lot of my “regulars” did not participate this year, but happy to have read all the contributions from:

MidLife Cat Lady

The Dream Girl Writes

This is Another Story

Brewing Coffee Twisting Words Breaking Pencils

Christina Dankert

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Hope you all enjoyed this series and for those of you participating, congratulations no matter how far you made it through. I expect to participate next year, but hope to see you before that. Don’t be shy to stop by once in a while. I’ve yet to figure out what my next project will be, but I look forward to figuring it out.

Be well,



  1. Dave Roller says:

    Those stats don’t surprise me as the challenge goes on through the month, I am looking at fewer and fewer blogs.I enjoyed your posts that I saw and in afew days I will take a look at some more of them. Now, it’s off to bed and the beginning of a non a-z week.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Enjoy some rest and thanks for stopping by!


  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Congrats on finishing the challenge.

    Ronel visiting for Reflecting on a Double A-Z Challenge 2023

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much!


  3. Congrats on finishing the challenge!
    Thank you for the mention!
    I’ll be back to catch up on your posts!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jlennidorner says:

    Very well written. It can be hard when some of our favorite bloggers opt not to take part. But we shoulder on. Good of you to make suggestions of others to visit.
    I enjoyed the April Blogging from #AtoZChallenge 2023.
    Proof of Existence, book two in my dark urban fantasy series, came out in April. I hope you’ll check it out.
    And please don’t miss the amazing giveaway on my blog. Act fast and enter now!

    J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Reference& Speculative Fiction Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and best of luck with your book launch!


  5. 1gus1 says:

    Nice reflection. It’s disappointing when a post you’re particularly fond of doesn’t catch the eye of others.

    Janice visiting from http:/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks and thanks for stopping by!


    2. I enjoyed the posts I made it to, and thought your visual component was a wonderful (and inspiring) idea. Congratulations on a second challenge completed.


  6. Congrats on finishing the AtoZ! I only got to K so I rounded up there.
    I remember the visual images you did for the letters, I´m looking forward to revisiting them. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks!! I like the expression of “rounding up” for the alphabet. A creative approach. Haha. Thanks for stopping by!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Beth Lapin says:

    I really like the way your reflections — most visited, hardly and those you enjoyed. Congrats on year two!



    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks so much Beth!


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