I’ve been thinking a lot about challenges in the book blogging community. At some point, I may want to host a challenge, so I’m curious about preferences in the book blogging community when it comes to challenges.
(I’m kind of hosting the HTR&W challenge, but really, that is just my personal challenge that I’d love for you to join as well!)
When I first started book blogging, I decided I wouldn’t join any challenges. I didn’t want to change my reading list to meet a challenge list! But then I ended up joining a few anyway, mostly because I considered them challenges to read books I already wanted to read. Why do you join challenges?
The challenges I joined were mostly ones with either an open time frame (Read the Nobels, The Pulitzer Project) or a time frame that I knew I was going to read the books in already (Nonfiction Five and the Short Story Challenge). I know some challenges are time-frame specific: one-year, six months, one month. What time frames do you prefer for challenges? Why?
I’m only in a few challenges. For a couple of them, I’m supposed to go to Blogger and post to a special website. For another, I have to remember to return to the site and sign Mr. Linky with each post about my books. At first, I really liked these methods, because then other people could find my posts and read them. After a few months of blogging, however, I’m finding that I forget to go back to those sites. I only have so much blogging time! Are there other methods of challenge reporting? How do you prefer a challenge to work?
Most of my challenges are ongoing challenges. However, one asked for a list of what I’m going to read beforehand. I liked that idea, but of course I changed my list many times by the end. Do you like having to make your reading list at the beginning of a challenge?
I am in New Zealand for nine days, so I may not be visiting your sites or responding to your comments while I am gone, but I’ll make up for it when I return!