This time last year, Hannah Newcombe and I were kicking off a blog race called "First 11 for '11", the idea being that the first one to write their first 11 posts for the new year would win.
...so I'm calling a rematch. I should probably have posted this sometime in December, but it got squeezed out in all the Christmas rush, so I'm posting it now instead. The point is: I hereby challenge Hannah, and anybody else who wants to join the bandwagon, to write their "First 12 for '12". The entry criteria are very simple:
- You must be me, Hannah, or somebody else who knows me. Yes, Sam, that means you're eligible to join in. (*fixes spelling* - I hate the word 'eligible', by the way; I always seem to misspell the darn thing)
- You'll need a blog (obviously). If you don't have one but would like to join in, then you are allowed to start a blog for the purposes of participating in this challenge. You'll find the people at www.blogger.com helpful, especially if you've already got a Google account.
- You must register your participation by leaving a comment on this post. Unless you're Hannah, that is, in which case your participation is compulsory because you haven't posted in more than 3 months and it's about time somebody got you back to da blog.
- You must write 12 substantial and meaningful blog posts in the shortest possible timeframe, starting with a clean slate at or after 0000.01 hours on the morning of Wednesday 4 January 2012 (this post doesn't count, as it wouldn't be fair for me to get a head start like that). You're allowed to start having ideas for your posts before midight, but not to start writing them up. The 'substantial and meaningful' clause means that Twitter-style micro-posts don't count, and each post has to comprise a minimum of a few paragraphs' worth on an interesting topic, or at least a paragraph each on several smaller topics.
- You must include some statistics at the end of each post: compulsory stats include your Challenge status (i.e. how many "First 12 for '12" posts you've written, including the current one), Latest book read (or currently reading), Latest film/TV watched, Latest music listened to, Latest edible item eaten/drunk, Predominant colour(s) of the clothes you're wearing at the time of writing, and Programs and web pages currently open on your computer. Plus anything else you want to add.
- You must leave at least one comment on each post that is written as part of the challenge by any of your rivals.
- First to 12 wins.
And now, having challenged people, I suppose I'd better start having some ideas on what to write myself...
- The Colclough