Signing Up for Challenges

I was in the midst of Bloggiesta last Friday night when I received an email from the lovely Lisa at Books on the Brain.  She was asking a few questions about Reading Challenges and I breezily zipped off a reply knowing that this was a hot priority task for my weekend:   I needed to get a grip on all the challenges I’ve signed up for and I needed new thoughts on how to organize and track my year of reading.

I’m in over my head.   I see the inviting cool blue water of the swimming pool and I’ve jumped in.    I might as well enjoy myself!

What apparently was bothering my subconscious was my hesitancy to commit to challenges I obviously want to join.   Why this ‘unofficial’ nonsense?    I had a dream last night where I wrote and rewrote posts about this very topic (I wish my subconscious could type!) and had to prepare a STATEMENT:

I, Care of Care’s Online Book Club, hereby commit to reading books that challenge me and willingly join in community efforts to encourage such.     I agree to do the due diligence of signing up, posting thoughts, linking the links and joining in discussions with other participants of said challenges.   I will not stress about finishing but appreciate and enjoy the process.   I will allow some slack about participating in mini-challenges, I refuse to care about any prize opportunities and I will remember to check in often with others.   This I will do.

My first year of book blogging, I joined two challenges:   Hey Lady! Trish‘s Novella Challenge which I successfully finished.   The other was to read 10 books from the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.   I think I only read one of the list I had randomly picked.    The next year of challenges, I did much better;   I signed up for a few more and completed a good percentage.

Then this past Fall, I caught the disease and wanted to sign up for EVERYTHING!    And knowing I would get overwhelmed, I tried to avoid the sign up (thus, the state of being ‘unofficial?)  and only create the commitment in a small manageable part of my reading-heart.      BUT.   I’ve decided to sign up anyway and have some fun.

I have created a page for my 2010 Challenges that show the buttons and links and have spaces to fill in and/or check off the titles for each.

I OFFICIALLY sign up for Amanda of The Zen Leaf’s GLBT Challenge 2010 and commit to the Lambda Level of 4 books.

I OFFICIALLY sign up for Bart’s Bookshelf’s 2010 Challenge.

I OFFICIALLY sign up for Dorte’s 2010 Global Challenge.

Wish me fun!

Golly, I feel so much better now.   🙂


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18 thoughts on “Signing Up for Challenges

  1. I stressed over the first few challenges I signed up for, but now I realize they’re for fun. Having said that, I still want to complete them! Good luck with yours.

  2. “I OFFICIALLY sign up for Dorte’s 2010 Global Challenge.” Yes, I saw that, and I am so happy you and so many other people have joined the fun!

    Still, I do understand you had to think about it. Last year I joined two challenges and finished them quite easily. This year I have also joined two challenges only, but I think I may be ready for one or two more if I find something really tempting.

  3. LOL… I’m glad I’m not the only one blogging in their sleep. Actually, all the excitement of Bloggiesta kinda kept me from sleeping and I finally crashed yesterday. I love the “official joiner oath” maybe you should make a badge for it 😉

    I, too, was hesistant about joining things, officially. I crapped out on all the challenges last year except one, but this year I think I’ve got a better plan by working them monthly instead of thinking of them as being for the whole year. Hopefully I won’t have the pile-up in December like I did last year.

  4. I write some of my best posts right before I fall asleep. Too bad I never remember them in the morning!

    And good luck with your new challenge resolution.

  5. I joined way too many challenges last year – my problem wasn’t so much fulfilling the challenges, but keeping track of what books went where and which ones I could tick off! So I ended up swearing off all challenges. But I must say, it is very very difficult not succumbing to the temptation to sign up!!

  6. Looks like you’ve signed up for some great challenges! You should have a lot of fun reading this year. 🙂 Not that you don’t have fun reading other times, but, well, you know what I mean!

  7. Bestest of luck with your challenges! I stress out about a month before challenges end. This year I failed to complete a few of mine, but rather than have a melt-down I just decided that to accept my incompleteness and continue working on the challenges despite the past due date. It’s about fun and reading – and it helps me to remember that.

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