I don't usually do an Epiphany post to end #blog12daysxmas but this year I seem not really to have been very reflective about my 2013 challenges, nor to have documented the ones I have set myself for 2014. So here goes!
Most years I do set myself some challenges which have arisen from my doing the original 23 things all those year ago in 2008. Some of them are challenges that I have done for years, and others are one offs. Read on to hear about my successes and failures in 2013, my learnings and my aims for 2014.
In 2013 I successfully completed #blog12daysxmas in January 2013, both for myself and for the Collingwood Historical Society. I finished it a couple of days late. In June, I embarked less than satisfactorily in #blogjune for both myself and for the Collingwood Historical Society. That meant I was committing to doing 60 blogposts in June. I must have been mad! I have blogged about my madness here. In the end I managed to do 30 blogposts for the Collingwood Historical Society and 22 for myself. So all up it wasn't too bad.
I maintain to a greater or lesser degree three blogs for myself and one for the Collingwood Historical Society. The number of posts I did for each in 2013 are as follows:
Collingwood Historical Society 51 posts
Hecuba's Story 40 posts
Hecuba Reads 1 post
The Librarian & the Kitchen 4 posts
I was fairly pleased with the Collingwood Historical Society blog and amazed that with Hecuba's story I actually completed more blogposts than I had since 2009! However, I am not so pleased with the others. In particular, more people actually read the Librarian and the Kitchen blog than anything else I write and people actually ask me when I am going to post something again. I do create recipes, note them down on scraps of paper, take photos and them forget to write them up.I could definitely do better.
So, for 2014 what shall I do? I have already completed #blog12daysxmas though only for myself. And as I am going to be away for part of June, I am not sure that #blogjune is going to be for me this year. I regret that as I have been doing it ever since it started but sometimes things have to change. I guess I will assess that as the time. And for the blogs, I am going to set myself some targets and see how I go.
Collingwood Historical Society 52 posts
Hecuba's Story 12 posts
Hecuba Reads 4 posts
The Librarian & the Kitchen 12 posts
I started doing #anz23mobilethings enthusiastically when the program first started in May 2013. I completed the first four things and then stopped. My stopping seemed to relate to being overwhelmed with my over commitment to #blogjune but then I never went back to it. However, I was determined to return to it during #blog12daysxmas, and I have now completed Thing 11. I'm halfway there as Jan Holmquist supportively told me yesterday. I have committed to finish this in January 2014. I am on a roll with it and enjoying doing it, so I believe I shall succeed.
In 2013 I made a modest commitment to reading 52 books in the year, i.e. an average of one a week. I more than succeeded in this by reading or rereading more than 106 books. I document almost everything I read on Goodreads and will continue to do so in 2014 with a similar target of 52 books. But I will try to review my reading a bit more during the year by blogging about it in Hecuba Reads (see above).
In 2013, I took part in three Flickr challenges. Two of them were 365 day challenges, the 2013 Photo a Day Challenge which I administer and the Happy365 challenge which Kathryn Greenhill set up. I succeeded in doing 365 photos for both of these challenges. I also took part in one 52 challenge, Friday Photos, a themed weekly challenge which I completed myself and which the Collingwood Historical Society completed with input from me and another member.
In 2014 I am again participating in one 365 challenge, the 2014 Photo a Day which I am again administering, and in Challenge Friday, which is a follow on from Friday Photos in previous years. Flickr itself set up a 52 challenge Friday Photos last year which lead to all sorts of confusion so ours has changed its name for the New Year. The Collingwood Historical Society is also doing Challenge Friday. I am up to date with all of these so far. So far so good.
This all seems enough for me to do. I will be interested to review it in twelve months. What challenges have you set yourselves? I'll be interested to read about them.