Sounds like it’s time for a change!

Well, the jury has returned with the verdict that the April challenge theme is the worst idea I’ve presented here since proposing that we all go take photographs of children two years ago.  In spite of Greg’s heroic efforts to breathe life into it, I think we can agree that this was an unsound proposal.

When we first set up this playpen, Grumbleface proposed a monthly challenge as a way to encourage participation and give people ideas.  After a year of offering up a new challenge to us each month he turned it over to me as a fresh voice.  It’s been about two years now, and I’m thinking it’s time for a change.  Maybe someone else would like to pick this up, or people could just propose new challenges as inspiration strikes them?  Or maybe the idea of a monthly challenge has just run its course?

In any case, I’m not planning to propose one for May.  Your turn.

About the photo?  It’s got nothing to do with the post.  It’s a photo I came across that I haven’t seen for awhile, from Saint-Céré, France.  I just liked it.

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

15 response to "Sounds like it’s time for a change!"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 29, 2021

    Hi Scott,
    Just a thought here . . . .
    How about some sort of scavenger hunt by bicycle, photographing listed items and see how many can be accumulated by the end of the month?
    Key would be reasonable stuff, some easy, some not so much, but not impossible.
    Volunteers for Hosting needed. 🙂

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 29, 2021

      Sounds like a good idea, Rich. My only concern is might not be enough time to get a good list of items established for May unless someone really takes the bull by the horns. Perhaps do something else for May, and also spend the month getting ducks in a row to do scavenger hunt in June? Maybe include ducks, bulls, and horns?

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 29, 2021

        Well, howsabout this?
        Divide the month into segments of 10 or 15 items per segments so a new list comes out every week or so?
        Seems like a challenge kind of runs its course after a week or two, so maybe a new injection every so often would be good?
        I actually have a list of stuff already . . . . although I deleted the ’81 blue Audi with a NY license plate ending in number 7 as probably too difficult. 🙂

        • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 29, 2021

          Dang it, Edit wont edit —- want to add, maybe several people could contribute lists?

          • By: Scooter Posted: April 29, 2021

            Thanks for pointing this out, Rich. I’ll research the problem with the edit function.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 29, 2021

        Holding off till June is fine, Ill bet some creative items are in store!
        None of them on my list were — so, yeah, let’s all get busy making some lists.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: April 29, 2021

    I am still hoping to record church bells and horses’ clippity clop. As for next month… how about “something I have never photographed before.”

  3. By: gregblood Posted: April 29, 2021

    Whatever we come up with, I’m sure I speak for all of us in appreciation for your years of dedication to these challenges.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 29, 2021

    I cast my ballot:

    (1) For May, go with Suzanne’s suggestion: Photo (preferably with bike) of something you have never photographed before.

    (2) For June, go with scavenger hunt. Rich in charge of collating suggestions and issuing final list(s) of items as he sees fit. Start sending him suggestions now.

    (3) Starting with July, put Greg in charge of monthly challenges for one year — heaven help us! — at which point someone else gets the hot seat.

    And of course I can only lose the election if it is rigged. 😉

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 29, 2021

    I enjoy the monthly challenges, mostly reading other folks ones. The sound challenge was cool but I suppose some folks don’t have a YouTube account. Bill’s ideas above sound pretty good to me.

  6. By: gregblood Posted: April 30, 2021

    I also concur with Old Grumbleface’s plan, although Part 3 of the plan might be a little iffy. Coming up with a year’s worth of challenges might, in itself, be too much of a challenge for me. Maybe I should be given a probationary period of, say, three months. If nobody has gotten frustrated or injured by trying to meet my challenges, then maybe I could be granted a series of three-month contract extensions.

    • By: Scooter Posted: April 30, 2021

      Thanks, Greg. You’ll do great, I’m sure. And you’ll be helped considerably by the low bar I’ve set for you. I think I’m probably due a second pint for planning this out so well for you.

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: April 30, 2021

    “I speak for all of us in appreciation for your years of dedication to these challenges.” Yes, quite so. Thanks from me, too!

    • By: NancyG Posted: May 4, 2021

      What Suzanne — and Greg — have said about the thanks and gratitude for putting out the challenges each month (and thanks to Bill as well).

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