A-Z Challenge – Reflections


It’s hardly surprising that by the end of April the only reflection I saw in the mirror was not of me but my friend Rosey! Writing 26 stories about her was not the easiest of challenges but fun just the same.

asfghOne thing I had to bear in mind was that whilst Rosey is very English, the majority of readers were not. In fact, a massive 72% were from India, followed way behind in second place by my American friends. The UK lot trailed at a lowly 7%! There are certain words and phrases she regularly uses which wouldn’t make sense to those of other nationalities  (they don’t always make sense to me!) and many activities she engages in are terribly British! This restricted me somewhat.

This year my hit rate was drastically down on 2017. I received a total of 3.8K visits compared with 5.9K.  As previously, one in six readers left a comment. When I went back to check on last years regular commentees (is that a word?) I found almost half of them didn’t take part this time around which goes some way to explaining it I guess.

As usual, I mainly stalked fellow flash fictioneers. As a rule and because of time restraints, I stuck to reading short pieces, preferably ones of 250 words or less. There were, however, a few exceptions, notably Iain and Varad whose writings verged on addictive! I must also give a shout out to Hilary who’s daily pieces about Canada were both interesting and informative, 

Will I take part next year? The jury’s out on that one!

Thank you so much to everyone who followed me during the challenge. Your comments, critiques and suggestions were very much appreciated.


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It’s only me, Rosey Pee! 

Thanks for reading about me, but please don’t believe everything Keefie said. A lot of it, well, some of it was exaggerated…..a bit! We had fun though, didn’t we?

Anyway, I’ve got a joke for you. I need to concentrate to get it right. Ready?

A chicken saw a duck about to cross a road. ‘Don’t do it’ the chicken said, ‘You’ll never hear the last of it!’

Bye x

PS. I’m still with Gareth! 


Twenty-six slices of Rosey’s life! 

 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S U V W X Y Z


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30 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge – Reflections

  1. Denise Hammond May 7, 2018 / 01:39

    Well, I enjoyed your posts. I am glad I did not do the challenge this year and I’ve noticed that several of the bloggers I follow also bowed out this year. I always said I didn’t want my blog to feel like a job.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2018 / 01:42

      Some days it felt like that and others it didn’t! I must admit though, it was a relief when it was over. Cheers Denise.


      • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2018 / 01:44

        Thanks also Denise for sticking with me throughout the month, and always being the first to leave a comment!


  2. kristin May 7, 2018 / 01:49

    Ha Ha to Rosy’s joke. I wonder if visits to my A to Z were down this year. I will have to check. I’m just getting ready to do my reflections post.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2018 / 09:23

      Kristin, 686 of us signed up this time. I just looked back to 2016 and there were over 1900 of us!
      There was no list in 2017 but I’m sure we numbered four figures. I’m sure that affected our visitor numbers. See you later for your reflections!


  3. artistpath May 7, 2018 / 02:45

    I enjoyed your stories about Rosie! Your humor kept me coming back for more! Jury’s our for me too as far as next year. It may take that long to recover 😊

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2018 / 09:24

      I really appreciated your daily visits, thank you. I wonder if we’ll both be there next year!


  4. Shalzmojo May 7, 2018 / 02:50

    Hiya Keith- well done on completing the challenge. I really enjoyed your funny tales about Rosie and even wondered if she was real 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2018 / 09:31

      It was odd! Whilst I always get plenty of visitors from India, it’s not normally anything like that! I did have one wonderful visitor from Equador.Thanks so much for tagging along.

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  5. Nilanjana Bose May 7, 2018 / 08:08

    I didn’t get here as much as I’d have liked to during April, but I enjoyed each of the stories that I did read… Congratulations on finishing with such style!

    This was a very quiet A-Z and April.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2018 / 09:32

      Like you I couldn’t visit everyone every day! Thanks so much for your dropping by so many times during April.


  6. Ronel Janse van Vuuren May 7, 2018 / 10:35

    Though I didn’t drop by as much as I would’ve liked, I did enjoy Rosey’s stories. I’ll catch up soon 🙂

    As the month moved on, it got very quiet on my blog and some of the bloggers whose A-Z I enjoyed, just stopped blogging. I think there might be a bit of a social media burnout going around.

    Ronel from Ronel the Mythmaker checking out A-Z Reflections: Expectations and Realisations

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 7, 2018 / 11:08

      I too was unable to drop in daily, This year A-Z was noticeably quieter than previous ones and my comments got less day by day. Thanks, Ronel.

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  7. hilarymb May 7, 2018 / 18:42

    Hi Keith – yes the limitations of language – c’est la vie!! Mind you Rosey could learn French … or one of the Asian languages … perhaps that’s stretching it too far!! Loved her stories though … take care and enjoy some sunshine – congratulations on finishing and cheers Hilary


    • Keith's Ramblings May 9, 2018 / 10:05

      She speaks a special language called Rosish! I’m thoroughly enjoying the sunshine right now thanks, Hilary!


  8. Deborah Weber May 7, 2018 / 22:36

    I suspect Rosey helped keep a smile on a lot of faces during April’s hectic pace. The challenge is always great fun, but I’m always glad when May arrives and offers a lot more breathing space.


    • Keith's Ramblings May 9, 2018 / 10:07

      I know exactly how you feel Deborah! Thanks so much for following Rosey during April.


  9. Jenny May 8, 2018 / 03:10

    Interesting about your stats as compared to last year. I enjoyed your posts and wish I would have had time to visit more frequently! You had a great theme. Cheers!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings May 9, 2018 / 10:08

      There are so many sites to visit and only so much time to do it! Thanks so much Jenny.


  10. Arti Jain (@artismoments) May 8, 2018 / 05:56

    Thank you Keith and Rosey for hilarity in April.
    Considering your Indian following, perhaps a Bollywood adaptation of Rosey’s Ramblings may be the next (logical) step. What say? Do remember this Doha-ite when the money starts rolling in;)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings May 9, 2018 / 10:09

      Haha! You may just have come up with a plan! I’ll remember, don’t worry!


  11. SeemaMisra May 12, 2018 / 07:27

    Enjoyed reading about Rosey’s adventures Keith 🙂 I’ve always smiled whenever I stopped by your posts. Congrats on completing the challenge.
    Wishing you the very best. Happy blogging!!

    BTW, you are nominated for the mystery blogger award – https://lonelycanopyblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/the-mystery-mania/
    Do check out and keep the chain going!! ❤ ❤

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  12. randommusings29 May 13, 2018 / 16:12

    My views were way down on previous years too. I thought it was just me but the more of the reflections posts I read, the more I’m seeing others saying the same.


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