Personally, I love setting goals and working towards achievements (in real life and in games), so I have a ton of fun signing up for challenges every year. However, I also find myself wondering what the point of signing up for a bunch of reading challenges is. Personally, I don’t always do the best job keeping up with them throughout the year. I think a compelling reason for making time for them would provide me the motivation I need to do better. Here are a few of the reasons I’ve thought of so far.
- Interactions with other bloggers – If a challenge host does a good job of putting up link-ups and maybe even hosts some related read-alongs or other events, I’m much more excited to spend time on a challenge.
- Changing my reading habits – I’d like to use challenges to motivate myself to make changes in my reading habits. So far, I’ve not been very successful at keeping challenges in mind when I choose my reading though. I think this may be because I’m often choosing the new releases that appeal to me the most, regardless of how they fit with my reading goals.
- Fun! – Of course, there’s no reason you can’t participate in a challenge simply because you enjoy doing so. The only case where I’ve had fun participating in a challenge ifor a reason other than blogger interactions was the Pokemon Go reading challenge hosted by Aentee at Read At Midnight. For me, having to take pictures with Pokemon in them, as well as reading books, added an element of fun. Leveling my Pokemon based on reading specific books also made me more willing to plan my reading around the challenge. It was just a more fun goal for me than reading a list of specific books on their own. This may inspire a reading event hosted hear, so stay tuned for that 🙂
These are the main reasons I see to participate in challenges, so I’m going to be a lot pickier this year about challenges I participate in. I hope by picking only challenges that focus on areas I want to read more in and by picking fewer challenges, I can actually change my habits. I’ll also be looking for challenges that encourage blogger interaction and other fun times. If you have any challenges to recommend that are really fun and interactive, please let me know! I’d also love to hear what makes reading challenges worthwhile to you. What criteria do you use for picking reading challenges? And are their elements of a challenge that make you more likely to actually keep up with the challenge throughout the year?