I originally started this blog for personal fulfillment and a few friends and family members who enjoyed reading my first blog attempt last summer. I was shocked – and honored – to find other bloggers thought my blog was interesting enough to “follow”. That kept me motivated and inspired to better my blogging posts. I eventually wrote my first book review and found that not only did I enjoy the writing process (and the fringe benefit of having a written record of books I have read), but I actually influenced a few of you to take a look at a book that I suggested. That is very empowering – and has now led me to want to push myself a bit further.
I was giving thought as to how I could take my blog to the next level (now that I have added 3 columns and a header – ha ha)…..and I thought perhaps the next step could be a weekly meme or a quarterly challenge. I am not sure that I have the creativity for a weekly meme (I just don’t know how some of you come up with such clever, thought-provoking questions each and every week) – so I decided to concentrate my efforts on a challenge. After quite a bit of thought – internal debate – and research (I perused the Novel Challenge website and I don’t think I am stepping on any toes here), I have decided to host the Summer Vacation Reading Challenge 2009. Now, I have a skeleton of an idea here, but I may need some help.
I LOVE to travel, but with the economy the way it is, that is just not feasible right now. So I thought….why not travel through literature? I personally enjoy travel memoirs, and will probably focus my “vacation escape” reading in this way, but I do think there are other ways to “travel” in literature without reading memoirs. Here are my thoughts:
- The challenge will run between May 1 and September 30, 2009
- Summer vacations are to be relaxing and fun – not stressful. However, some people prefer to do nothing but go the beach and totally veg out – while others like to maximize their site-seeing adventures. To that end, I thought I would offer 2 levels of participation: Beach Bumb: you will read 3 books in this time frame. You do not need to pre-select books in advance and cross overs from other challenges will count; Globe Trotter: you will read 6 books in this time frame. You will make a initial list of books that you will read, but you may substitute up to 3 books if you need to change your travel plans. Crossovers for 5 out of the 6 books will count. Ideally, one book will be for this challenge alone.
- you may read any genre of literature that allows you to “travel” to a locale that you would like to visit. Perhaps a mystery that takes place in Paris, France; perhaps a romance novel that takes place on the Floridian beaches; perhaps an historical fiction novel that takes place in Scotland; perhaps a fantasy novel that take place in a world far, far away that is appealing to you. It doesn’t matter the genre, as long as it transports you to a part of the world (albeit US or otherwise) that you would like to visit
- I would like to offer prizes
OK — that is the idea in a nutshell. Here is where I need some help:
- Is this something that you might be interested in participating? IF so, please comment and let me know.
- Am I missing something? Again, I have never done this before and am not sure that I am covering all the bases, so to speak
- I have NO idea how to make a button for this? Could you possibly help in this area?
- I have NO idea how to post this idea to A Novel Challenge — do you?
- I would LOVE to give prizes, but have never done this before. What criteria is typical? What prizes are highly appreciated?
I am very interested in YOUR feedback. If I am barking up the wrong tree, I am willing to accept that fact and begin again. This blogging experience is a learning process, and I am willing to learn from my mistakes.
Thank you so very much for any input you can provide.