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Lessons from Reverb10 Challenge

As many of you know, I decided to participate in the Reverb10 Challenge during December. Each day a different blogger/author was featured, giving a prompt to which all participants would then post.

I posted faithfully for 18 days. Okay, a few posts were a day or two late, and I did decide not to post on one of the prompts. But I did end up posting to 17 of the prompts.

I did my best. I posted honestly. I didn’t hold anything back. I was sincere. I think you’ll see this in my post on Day 18’s prompt.

But I decided not to finish the Reverb10 Challenge for two reasons. (And no, one of the reasons is NOT because I don’t finish things. I actually do tend to finish most things I start.)

The first reason is that many of the posts were similar or overlapped.  Given that the theme of Reverb10 is ‘Reflect on This Year and Manifest What’s New for Next Year,’ it’s no wonder that many prompts ended up dancing around similar themes.

It isn’t the fault of the prompters, because they submitted their prompts in advance and hoped they would be chosen. They had no way of knowing what anyone else submitted, nor which prompts would be chosen.

The second reason is that I personally felt the challenge was too long. Thirty one daily posts in response to someone else’s prompts, no matter how interesting or creative or inspiring, is a long time. A lifetime for some blogs.

Everyone blogs for different reasons. I don’t pretend to speak for anyone else, now would I. One reason I blog is that I’ve got things I’d like to say, things I’d like to share. Hopefully there are others out there who would like to read these offerings. But even if there were NO ONE reading my blog, I’d still write.

It’s just that when you write posts for prompts by others (as was the case), you find you either don’t post as often on the topics you’d like to post on (and for which you may be known/followed).

Or you have to carve out time to post more in addition to the prompts (a challenge in itself when you’re juggling lots of other projects, commitments and responsibilities). And since you’re also supposed to be exploring and commenting on the blogs of other participants, it can get pretty time-consuming.

Or you just don’t post to every prompt. Especially when they seem somewhat repetitive. So that’s what I did. I decided to opt out of the remainder of the Challenge unless I saw another prompt that I couldn’t resist. (I didn’t.)

The funny thing is that I was grappling with these realizations at the same time as a favorite blogger of mine, Shauna Reid. Here’s what she had to say on her blog What’s New Pussycat in her recent post ‘What We Have Here is a Failure to Reverberate.’

Bottom line? Reverb10 Challenge was thought-provoking and introspective. I enjoyed its theme focusing on reflection and manifestation. I really did learn things about myself while responding to some of the prompts. I checked out other blogs and posts, and found some that I would like to continue following. I would do it again.

My comments to the folks at Reverb10 (and yes, I will share these with them) on next year’s Challenge? Great idea, glad I did it, liked the ‘community approach’, please shorten it. What about a ten-day challenge that begins on December 23rd and ends January 1st? Or ten prompts that participants blog to over the entire month of December? Just my two cents…

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