January 2, 2009

The "I Suck at Challenges" Challenge

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I always wanted to host a reading challenge but never had a topic in mind. Of course, I realized that my track record with challenges is less than stellar. What I really need is a challenge to complete my challenges! So I invented The I Suck at Challenges Challenge. It's rather tongue in cheek but it might keep some of you challengees on the path to actually completing one or two. Lord knows there's enough challenges starting up now to tempt you all.

Categories?

The Slackers
(Aka "I will finish the Canadian Reading Challenge, I swear")

I try not to sign up for too many reading challenges but even when I commit to one or two I can't seem to complete them. Last year, I failed miserably at the 1st Canadian Reading Challenge. It appears I'm heading down the same path. Are you like me? Then you are a Slacker.

Join The Slackers if there are a couple particular challenges you are having trouble completing or you know you'll have trouble completing due to your track record. (Only count ongoing challenges that have deadlines of more than 3 months away, you are waaaaaay behind and you are particularly lazy. There's no shame in admitting it.)

The 12 Steppers
(Aka "I can stop whenever I want.")

There's a challenge. You see it. Your palms start to sweat. Mr Linky mocks you. You try to stop yourself but it's too late. You've committed yourself to Books That Start With Q Challenge and you know you'll do it again when the next challenge comes along. The only thing is, how are you ever going to complete them all? Sound like you? Then you are a 12 Stepper. No program is going to help you though; you're addicted.

Join The 12 Steppers if you've signed up for more reading challenges than you can handle.

When?

Sign up anytime between now and February 1, 2009. The challenge ends July 1, 2009.

How?

Leave a comment on this post with a link to your challenge post. Tell me if you are a Slacker or a 12 Stepper and list your challenges.

Then what?

At the end of the month, starting in February, I'll put up a post calling for your progress. Leave a comment telling us if you've completed a challenge (link to your completed challenge post), if you're struggling with any and what ones, or if the challenge deadline came and went and you never finished.

At the first of every month I'll put up a post to record your progress. I'll encourage everyone to visit each other and cheer you on.

Any incentives?

Sure, why not? If you sign up by February 1st, I'll pick a name in a drawing for a little something, like a cute bookmark or something along that line. On July 1st, I'll once again draw once again from the sign in post for a "Surprise" package (it's a surprise to me too since I'll be collecting things throughout the months) of book related do-dads. No penalties if you don't complete all your challenges but please at least try!

Okay, so procrastinators unite! Together we will finish challenges we commit to. Join and add the button to your blog. Have fun!

46 comments :

  1. I am so a 12 stepper! LOL I promised myself that I would not join any challenges this year as I've started my Agatha project and have gotten to no significant beginning let alone ending with it. Also I've committed myself to finally finishing The Faerie Queene. Sigh. Happy new Year Chris!!!

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  2. My name is Vasilly and I'm a 12-stepper! Here's my link:
    http://1330v.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-suck-at-challenges-challenge.html

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  3. Here come the 12-steppers!

    I'm in, and my post is up here

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  4. 12steppers united!

    I'm in, here's my link:
    http://bookwormygirl.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-suck-at-challenges-challenge.html

    Nely =)

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  5. Great challenge. It's a bit like mine. And, Mr. Linky is confusing but not really hard, I think!

    http://anovelmenagerie.com/ghost/2008/12/30/justfortheloveofit2009/

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  6. I'm a slacker. I'm flunking the 2nd Canadian.

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  7. This is so cute and would be so me if I EVER signed up for challenges. I signed up for two this year for the first time. I'm sure I'll qualify if you hold it in 2010. LOL.

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  8. Super idea! And logo. And why didn't anyone tell me about the "Books That Start With Q Challenge"?!

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  9. Uh . . . last year I probably would've been a slacker, but I've stepped it up a notch to become a 12 Stepper. Too many challenges:
    http://thebluestockings.com/2009/01/2009-challenges/

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  10. I love this. I'm a slacker--which means I haven't written my post about this challenge yet. But I'm definitely in!

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  11. What's funny about this is I've signed up for my first challenge ever this year.

    So, for you 12-steppers, be sure to check out the War Through the Generations: WWII challenge if--you know--you need another one. ;-)

    http://warthroughthegenerations.wordpress.com/

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  12. Chris, thank you! Thank you, for hosting this challenge! :D I need all the help I can get.

    I'm so a 12 stepper. I'm in!

    Here's my post.

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  14. Chris, thank you! Thank you, for hosting this challenge! :D I need all the help I can get.

    I'm so a 12 stepper. I'm in!

    Here's my post.

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  15. I apologize for the multiple posts. I'm not sure what happened.
    Sorry!

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  16. LOL-if I didn't have 1 more book to read in order to finish up my challenges, I'd definitely be joining. :) Definitely need to host again at the end of the year when people are pulling their hair out over trying to meet their Dec 31st deadlines.

    LOVE the button. :)

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  17. Chris, you are a genius! It's quite possible (probable) that I fall into both categories, but I'll be kind to myself and simply admit to being a 12-stepper.

    Awesome button.

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  18. I'm so glad to see so many signing up!

    John- You have to start the Books that Start with Q challenge. I bet it would be good.

    Ali- Uh, yeah, obviously I'm a Slacker. I haven't made mine either.

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  19. What a great idea for a challenge, Chris! Alas, not me. Got to know your limitations I always say. (Or was the Dirty Harry? I confuse us sometimes. ;)

    Happy Aught Nine!

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  20. Congrats on hosting your first challenge Chris! It's a good one.

    Do you know about The Well Rounds Challenge? Jan from Edmonds hosted it last year and I agreed to host it this year. It won't start until later in the Spring and challenges participants to finish 6 books for six different challenges. So it's simular to your challenge but I think they will work well together.

    Here is my post for your challenge:

    http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-suck-at-challenges-challenge-ends.html

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  21. I'm in as a 12 Stepper. Proof for the absolute necessity of me doing this challenge can be found here :)

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  22. I'm so a 12 stepper this year I signed up to:

    World Citizen Challenge
    Whats in a Name (2)
    The Year of Reading Dangerously
    The YA Challenge
    The Science Challenge
    Reading Dewey's Books
    Victorian Challenge

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  23. I am definitely a 12-stepper! I even have created my own challenges! I just started a new blog about it at http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com.

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  24. This is the cutest challenge ever! I think I'm probably a little bit of both -- a slacker and a 12-stepper. I keep doing my "Around the World in 52 Books Challenge" every year even though I haven't finished it ONCE. I did manage to finish the Canadian Challenge tho -- and hopefully will this year too. But the others ones I've got on the go...it's not looking good:

    http://tragicrighthip.blogspot.com/2008/12/reading-master-list-for-2009.html

    But I still have the urge to do more challenges! And more challenges... and more challenges...

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  25. I just created a new blog for my challenges so this will be perfect. I really think both of these fit me but will be a 12 stepper this time. Will be back with a link when I get done signing up for the rest of my challenges, lol!

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  26. I'm totally a 12 stepper! I couldn't resist my self and signed up for WAY too many challenges,like thereviewfromhere, I created a blog, just to show/help organize all my challenges I've signed up for. I have a different one for the reviews. Ouch! Oh well, either way if I finish my challenges or not, I still get to read precious books!

    Here's the link to my list of challenges (all 18 of them plus now this one, and I'm forcing my self to not do another) http://bookworm-jules.blogspot.com/

    Here's where my reviews will be:http://juliebooks.blogspot.com/

    Happy reading, blogging, and finishing the challenges!

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  27. Sign me up for both. Adjusting to my ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease got in the way. There are a lot of Canadian books that you can download to either Microsoft Reader or Mobipocket Reader at Munsey's: http://www.munseys.com

    Judy

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  28. I really am qualified to join this one, as of this mornign I had signed up for 93 chalenges...lol. I se I am a 12 satepper. Some of them are so obscure I will never do it.

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  29. Here's a link to my list but I will be adding to it:)

    http://thereviewfromhere.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/the-i-suck-at-challenges-challenge/

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  30. I'd love to see a list of those 93 challenges...I know, must stop looking at challenges

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  31. I'm a twelve stepper, I have no self-control and have signed up for way too many challenges this year.

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  32. I think this is a hilarious challenge. I love it! Since I just began challenges this year, I don't qualify for this yet. However, with the number of challenges I am doing, you might see me here if it continues next year, haha! :D

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  33. I am a slacker intro message here:
    http://confuzzledbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-suck-at-challenges-challenge.html

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  34. ROFL!!! I LOVE this! It's perfect!

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  35. Hey, that's a great idea!!
    I'm a slacker!
    here's my challenge post http://the-word-freak.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-suck-at-challenges-challenge.html

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  36. Just leaving my challenge post link:

    http://bookgazing.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-suck-at-challenges-hopefully-not.html

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  37. I know I'm late but I just found this challenge and would love to join.. I even blogged about it here..

    http://desertrosechallenges.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-suck-at-challenges-challenge.html

    I'm a slacker and I will be posting my progress very soon!

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  38. sorry forgot to list my challenges :)

    Go the Distance
    Spring '09 Challenge
    20 books in 2009
    Vampire Challenge
    Pages Read Challenge
    Outlander Challenge 2009
    50 Book Challenge 2009
    Buy One Book and Read It Challenge 2009
    2009 Book Buddy Blogger Challenge
    Series Challenge Season 3
    100 Shots of Short
    2009 Young Adult Book Challenge
    2009 Chick Lit Challenge
    2009 Erotica Reading Challenge
    New Author Challenge 2009
    The Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge
    Romance Reading Challenge 2009
    Chick Porn Reading Challenge
    999 Challenge
    2009 Suspense and Thriller Reading Challenge
    9 Books for 2009
    1st in Series Challenge 2009
    2nds Challenge 2009
    Read Your Own Books 2009 (RYOB)
    Themed Reading Challenge 2009
    Naming Conventions Challenge
    A to Z Reading Challenge 2009
    2009 Read and Review Challenge
    Serial Readers Challenge 2009
    Celebrate the Author
    Book Awards Reading Challenge
    What's In A Name #2
    The Countdown Challenge
    The 2009 Pub Challenge

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  39. I am a 12 stepper, and this is where I stand on my challenbes.

    09 Debut Author
    9 Books for 2009 90/9
    20 Books 20/20
    75 Books 76/100
    666 Horror 21/36
    999 Challenge 500/81
    A to Z this is 2008 19/26
    Amateur Sleuth Challenge 70/12
    American Civil War Reading Challenge 1/
    Art Histor4y Challenge 4/6
    Astronomy 1/
    Audiobook Challenge 2/12
    Avid Reader 5/
    Be Inspired 1/1
    book-a-week 74/52
    Books around the State 18/50
    Books into Movies 3/2
    Buy and Read 1/1
    Buy One Book and Read It Challenge 1/1
    Casual Classics 2009 1/
    Celebrate the Author 20/12
    Centuries Reading Challenge 1/
    Chick Lit Challenge 0/
    Erotica Romance Challenge
    Every Month is a Holiday 2/12
    Childhood Favourites Reading Challenge 2/
    Christian Readers 09 5/
    Christian Rading Challenge 5/4
    Chills and Spills 0/12
    Casual Classics 0/4
    Chunkster 17/
    Countdown Challeng 74/56
    Debut Authors 25/
    Dewey’s Books 0/
    Dewey Decimal Systerm Challenge 5/9
    Divoersity Rocks 1/1
    eBook Reading Challenge 1/
    Electronic Book Challenge 1/
    Erotic 3/
    Essay Reading 22/20
    1st in Series Challenge 2/
    German Authors 4/
    Hans Christian Anderson Challenge 4/4 Done
    Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading 0/5
    Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2009 4/3
    Ignite Your Faith 5/3
    In Your Shoes 2/
    It's Good to be Queen 1/
    Jewish Literature Challenge 5/4 Done
    John Steinbeck Mini Challenge 1/2
    Lost in Translation 4/
    Latin American Challenge 0/4
    Medical Mystery Madness 1/
    Mini Challenge 5/
    My Year of Reading Dangerously 3/
    New Author Challenge 33/35
    Numbers Challenge 0/5
    On the Porch Swing 1/4
    Pages Read 21,046
    Paranormal 3/2 Done
    The Patricia A. McKillip Challenge 0/
    Pub Challenge 4/9
    Read Your Name Challenge: 6/9
    RYOB 2009 0/12
    Reading for Charity in 2009
    Rading My Name 1
    Reading Through the Seawson 1/
    Rescue 5/
    Romance 11/5 Done
    RYOB 2009 5/
    Science-Book Challenge 30/3 Done
    Seconds 7/
    Setial
    Series 3 11/
    Spiritually Speaking Challenge 50/6
    Support Your Local Library 70/50
    uspense & Thriller Reading Challenge to date 27/12
    2nds Challenge 0/12
    TBR 2/
    TBR Lite 4/6
    The Themed Reading Challenge 0/4
    Third Time Is A Charm Challenge 3/3 Done
    To Be Continued 4/
    Unshelved Reading Challenge 30/3 Done
    Vampire 1/2
    Victorian 0/
    Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge 20/3
    What's In a Name? Reading Challenge 4/6
    whitcoulis 2/4
    The World Citizen Challenge 1/3
    Young Adult Book Challenge 2/12
    Young Readers 15/12

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  40. I am a 12 stepper, and this is where I stand on my challenbes.

    09 Debut Author
    9 Books for 2009 90/9
    20 Books 20/20
    75 Books 76/100
    666 Horror 21/36
    999 Challenge 500/81
    A to Z this is 2008 19/26
    Amateur Sleuth Challenge 70/12
    American Civil War Reading Challenge 1/
    Art Histor4y Challenge 4/6
    Astronomy 1/
    Audiobook Challenge 2/12
    Avid Reader 5/
    Be Inspired 1/1
    book-a-week 74/52
    Books around the State 18/50
    Books into Movies 3/2
    Buy and Read 1/1
    Buy One Book and Read It Challenge 1/1
    Casual Classics 2009 1/
    Celebrate the Author 20/12
    Centuries Reading Challenge 1/
    Chick Lit Challenge 0/
    Erotica Romance Challenge
    Every Month is a Holiday 2/12
    Childhood Favourites Reading Challenge 2/
    Christian Readers 09 5/
    Christian Rading Challenge 5/4
    Chills and Spills 0/12
    Casual Classics 0/4
    Chunkster 17/
    Countdown Challeng 74/56
    Debut Authors 25/
    Dewey’s Books 0/
    Dewey Decimal Systerm Challenge 5/9
    Divoersity Rocks 1/1
    eBook Reading Challenge 1/
    Electronic Book Challenge 1/
    Erotic 3/
    Essay Reading 22/20
    1st in Series Challenge 2/
    German Authors 4/
    Hans Christian Anderson Challenge 4/4 Done
    Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading 0/5
    Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2009 4/3
    Ignite Your Faith 5/3
    In Your Shoes 2/
    It's Good to be Queen 1/
    Jewish Literature Challenge 5/4 Done
    John Steinbeck Mini Challenge 1/2
    Lost in Translation 4/
    Latin American Challenge 0/4
    Medical Mystery Madness 1/
    Mini Challenge 5/
    My Year of Reading Dangerously 3/
    New Author Challenge 33/35
    Numbers Challenge 0/5
    On the Porch Swing 1/4
    Pages Read 21,046
    Paranormal 3/2 Done
    The Patricia A. McKillip Challenge 0/
    Pub Challenge 4/9
    Read Your Name Challenge: 6/9
    RYOB 2009 0/12
    Reading for Charity in 2009
    Rading My Name 1
    Reading Through the Seawson 1/
    Rescue 5/
    Romance 11/5 Done
    RYOB 2009 5/
    Science-Book Challenge 30/3 Done
    Seconds 7/
    Setial
    Series 3 11/
    Spiritually Speaking Challenge 50/6
    Support Your Local Library 70/50
    uspense & Thriller Reading Challenge to date 27/12
    2nds Challenge 0/12
    TBR 2/
    TBR Lite 4/6
    The Themed Reading Challenge 0/4
    Third Time Is A Charm Challenge 3/3 Done
    To Be Continued 4/
    Unshelved Reading Challenge 30/3 Done
    Vampire 1/2
    Victorian 0/
    Well-Seasoned Reader Challenge 20/3
    What's In a Name? Reading Challenge 4/6
    whitcoulis 2/4
    The World Citizen Challenge 1/3
    Young Adult Book Challenge 2/12
    Young Readers 15/12

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  41. Here's my progress on challenges for the month. I finished one! GO ME! But I joined 2.....doh!

    http://juliebooks.blogspot.com/2009/04/march-wrap-up.html

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  42. Completely forgot to post my April Wrap-Up. I did really well this month.

    My April Wrap-Up

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