Last year, I joined in with two challenges on a non-knitting web forum I frequent (other than having a goal of knitting more metres of yarn than I purchased, I didn't participate in any knitting swaps or challenges).
One of the challenges was a reading one. I set myself a goal of finishing 25 books during the course of 2012. In the event, I finished 54 books, but a lot of those were of the chick-lit/romance genre Kindle freebie type and, to be honest, many of those weren't very good. I did read some books which I thoroughly enjoyed though, including Andre Agassi's autobiography and a few novels by Melissa Nathan (who very sadly died of breast cancer at a very young age). A few months ago I linked my Shelfari account to this blog and that adds new books here as I add them to Shelfari, so I won't give you a long list of 54 books. If you enjoy reading and haven't looked at Shelfari, then do - it's an excellent site which not only keeps a reading record for you (as long as you keep it updated - obviously!), but can also be used for further reading recommendations and for working out the order in which a series of books should be read.
The second challenge was a photography challenge. A list of 50 words (chosen at random as they popped into people's heads) was issued:
08. Childhood Memory
The idea was very simple: take a photo to represent each of the 50 words.
I just about managed this, although some of the photos were stretching the theme a bit.
The mosaics read top to bottom, left to right, in word number order.
This year, I haven't set any knitting goals (other than the usual 'reduce stash' target), but I've signed up for three non-knitting challenges.
Reading challenge: my goal is to read 25 books, but also to read one book from each category in the Essex and Suffolk digital library catalogues. I'm currently reading "Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy, which was listed in the Drama section at Essex. It's quite long (650 pages) and is taking me longer than usual to read, but I think that's because the story's quite involved and requires proper reading.
Photography challenge 1: we're doing another 50 photo challenge. So far I've taken one photo to represent 2013 (I took a photo of our weather station at 8.13pm one evening!).
Photography challenge 2: take one a photo a month, of the same object/view. I've chosen a location on the green/common area where I walk Jess most days. It's looking across the road, with the village church in the distance. Having seen most people's January photos, it's going to be interesting seeing how different seasons and weather conditions affect the view.
Hubby thinks I'm mad doing these things, but what does he know? :D
I'll be back with more knitting stuff soon.