Let the reflective countdown begin:
"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror; but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely." - 1 Corinthians 13:12
5. Five reasons why this worked:
1. The switch from a linkylist to using Facebook posts was a master stroke by the A - Z team. Much easier to participate and only active participants posted.
2. I met, as always (this was my 4th year in the Challenge), some new people, discovered some cool blogs and learned a few things.
3. From most of the blogs I visited and commented on, I received reciprocal action.
4. I successfully challenged some people's perceptions of heavy metal.
5. I enjoyed myself through discovering a whole bunch of new bands and expanding my knowledge of the diversity of my favourite music genre.
4. Four new bands I now want to hear more of because I've 'fallen in love" with them:
1. A Breach of Silence (Australian metalcore)
2. Hiranya (Spanish metalcore)
3. Insomnium (Finnish melodic death metal)
4. Taberah (Australian heavy metal)
3. Three bands which just missed the 26 cut. There were other worthy contenders but three notables who were very close were:
1. Nightwitch (US heavy metal)
2. Barbie on Death Trip (German metalcore)
3. Barbarion (Australian parodic metal)
2. Two top commentors. My thanks to all who visited and commented, but in particular let me name the following bloggers:
1. One reason why this was my best year so far in the A - Z:
This year I wrote for myself. I wasn't trying to sell/promote my books, or increase traffic to/followers of my blog, I simply wrote about one of my passions. I guessed it would not be popular, but that wasn't the point. I write for myself, and that is the biggest thing I am taking away from the challenge this year.
I wish success and happiness to all of you, however you define those things, and I'll catch in 2018.