I’ve found it difficult to get started on this summing-up post, and now I’ve just jumped right in, I’ll probably forget a few important things I wanted to say.
First of all, I enjoyed the challenges a great deal, including my two personal extra challenges. I read 55 books last year - 75 if you add in the graphic novels - and that’s quite a lot more than I’d estimate my usual average to be. And while 50 films didn’t seem a lot, I think that’s way above my usual rate, too. It’s surprising how hard it can be to find time to watch a movie during a working week. So, yes, I’m glad I took part, and I’m glad I was able to meet the targets.
I’m a little sad that I didn’t really take advantage of the community aspects, here on Tumblr and elsewhere. Due to my inexperience with Tumblr, I didn’t set up this blog ideally for following others: it’s a secondary blog, which means my “username” would be my other, abandoned, blog, and any followed feeds would appear there.
Am I going to do it again in 2013? I don’t think so. I feel like there are areas I’ve had to neglect because of the challenge - TV series boxed sets, cast/crew commentaries, and longer books. I think I’ve been tending to go for short books for the challenge, and as a result there are several longer works I want to read this year, and they’ll slow me down. The book I started immediately after Second Foundation is longer than the whole trilogy.
I did like keeping the blog, though, so I’m going to create a new one for my future reading - maybe I’ll drop the movies and games - and I’ll leave this blog as a complete document of my 2012 challenge. I’ll report back when I’ve set up the new blog.
Best of luck to everyone attempting the challenge in 2013.