It was my second time taking part in the Challenge and I had an even better time this year. I think this was down to the high level of reader participation involved. Each day I would write another sentence of a story using five words beginning with the previous day's letter. I never knew what turn the story would take next, which was very exciting, and I was pleased with how it turned out. I would like to do more with the characters that emerged.
And it was all thanks to you! Connections and forging new friendships are what the Challenge is all about, and I tried to get to five blogs that were new to me from the list each day. I didn't always achieve that while keeping up with my regular blogging buddies' themes, but I'm happy to have met a number of great and talented people that I look forward to getting to know better. These include: Melanie Schulz, Jean Davis at Discarded Darlings, Dee at Deecoded, Pete Denton, Fe at Felicity Writing Away, Rebecca Douglass at The Ninja Librarian (one of the best blog/book titles ever!), Jules at A Dose of Jules, Rhonda at Laugh-Quotes, and I'm sure there are others I forgot to mention in my tired state. I'm thankful to have gained about 50 followers via GFC, pushing me over the 400 mark.
A big shout out to Arlee Bird who came up with the whole shebang and his team of tireless minions for managing a list of almost 2000 bloggers. It can't have been easy.
And that's about it for me, it's 2am here and I'm whacked. Suffice to say that I had a blast during the Challenge and it is one of the best things you can do to make friends and become inspired as a blogger. I've already got a theme for next year, which will be factual and (hopefully!) pre-planned, which will allow more time to get out and about to the other participants. It'll be about something very dear to me, and, unusually for me, I'm looking forward to the research!