Before I say anything about the challenge itself, I want to acknowledge all of you. During this challenge, I’ve had 98 new followers. Thank you for visiting. I hope you stay… but I do also understand how difficult it is to keep up with everyone. I am behind as I type this… I’ve saved every new follower notification I’ve received throughout the month. Over the next few days (or weeks… I don’t know how long it’s going to take to catch up…), I’m going to visit every one of you.
Whether you’ve been here for days or months — thank you for your support. I’m a little reclusive offline… the friendship and support I find here means so much to me. Maybe even more than it should, if that makes any sense…
When I couldn’t decide on a theme for a-to-z this year, I turned to you. The top suggestion was music. And I did that. But I thought some cathartic bitching would be good for me as well. And it was… for a bunch of the letters. For others, it was just… hard. Imagine having to think of something to bitch about… I never thought I’d have a bit of trouble with that! But damn, some nights I was scrambling for a topic at 2am!
The interesting thing (well, one of them) is… despite the many suggestions that I do the music theme, the bitchfest posts were much more popular… in both likes and comments. Of course, likes can happen even if someone doesn’t bother reading the post. And… comments can multiply because I’m having a chat with someone. So who knows if the numbers really indicate popularity at all. But this is interesting (to me anyway)…
1st — bitchfest | d – decaf #atozchallenge
2nd — bitchfest | a – autocorrect #atozchallenge
3rd — bitchfest | k – kale #atozchallenge
4th — bitchfest | g – group texts #atozchallenge (tie)
4th — bitchfest | h – half wall #atozchallenge (tie)
5th — music | a – airborne toxic event, the #atozchallenge
1st — bitchfest | c – clichés #atozchallenge
2nd — bitchfest | k – kale #atozchallenge
3rd — bitchfest | r – reality tv #atozchallenge
4th — bitchfest | b – bad grammar #atozchallenge
5th — bitchfest | o – outdoors #atozchallenge (tie)
5th — music | u – u2 #atozchallenge (tie)
I think the most popular post — being the only one appearing on both lists — was kale. Kale for fuck’s sake! That was a six-word story. I wrote it in about 4 seconds! Holy shit. Maybe next year’s theme should be six-word stories…
Then there’s the bitch phenomenon. Look at all those bitchy posts! And only two music ones! And I bet the popularity of the music post for the letter a is only because it was the first letter. And the popularity of the U2 one is because people hate U2 (and you know, I don’t really like them either… it was only for the story).
Does this mean I can bitch all the time and you’ll love it? I was thinking I’d used up my bitch-allowance… like I am not permitted to bitch about anything for at least a month. We’ll see how that goes…
And does this mean you are done with my music-related thoughts and opinions? I bet you never want to know anything about my music collection ever again. Well… tough shit! I plan to continue with ‘song of the day’ whenever the mood strikes. But maybe not for a little while.
This month was exhausting. Seriously, what idiot thought doing two themes was a good idea? Oh yeah… me. I am never doing that again.