Well, it's been a blast - and a lot of work! I would never have thought I could write 25 posts in one month before doing this. I've learned a lot - about blogging, about myself, and about a host of other wonderful bloggers who joined me in this challenge. I have loved getting to know each one of you, and feel proud to call you my friends. And I'm delighted to hear that everyone else seems to think it was both fun and worthwhile, too.
What a great variety of posts we've had. Such creative ways of interpreting this challenge - fiction, poetry, memoir, gardening, photography & reflection - you name it, it's come out - and the challenge has been richer for it.
For some great ideas for next year's October Memoir & Backstory Blog Challenge, check out this post by Joy Weese Moll. I’m thinking of doing it 3 days a week instead of daily, next year ( Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays?) to give people more time to research and write their posts, more time for hoppers to read the post before the next one goes up, and allow those who are taking more than one challenge on in a month, days to do the others. That would mean about 10 posts in the challenge instead of 25. What do you think?
Best of luck to all of you, especially those who are going on to NaNoWriMo. I have been convinced to try it for the first time. I don't expect to complete it - I have too many things already on the go this November - but I will learn about it best by doing, and I'm sure I'll accomplish more than if I didn't participate in it. So look me up - my handle there is: JAMcL
My fondest hope is that all of you will come back next year for the October challenge, full of great news about your year and trailing friends who want to join the fun!
I would like to hear any comments or suggestions you have about this challenge to help me make next year's bigger and better.
Love ya all! - Jane Ann