I'm now inviting Challengers old and new to join us for our Twenty-First Set It Yourself Reading Challenge (SIY 21) to run from July to September 2012.
For those of you who need reminding, and those who maybe didn't know in the first place, let me say that this is a very simple idea! SIY is a reading challenge in which you set your own goals. This could be:
- a general goal such as a specified number of books,
- a number of books in a particular category or categories - although we would ask that if you have more than one category, a particular book is only assigned to one of them,
- or you might even choose to list specific titles.
It’s entirely up to you as long as the goals have to do with reading. This is not a releasing challenge - it doesn't matter where your books came from and what you're going to do with them afterwards, not even whether or not they're registered on BookCrossing.
When you’ve determined what you want to read, post your goals here. You may start reading on 1 July 2012 and you have until midnight on 30 September 2012 to complete your goals. If at that time you've read everything you said you would, you've succeeded. If not, you've failed! It's within the Spirit of SIY, although it hasn't been enshrined in the Rules, that, as far as possible, our goals should remains fixed as at the first day of the Quarter - or on the day you Set Your Own Challenge if you join at a later date. Substitutions should only be made in exceptional circumstances!
As you make progress, you can post updates in this thread, weekly, monthly, whenever you finish a book – the frequency is determined by you. Ibis3 records all our updates on a beautiful progress page (see the link which will be added at the end). We can show our appreciation by taking note of the paragraphs below.
Please read the following rules for reporting your progress, unchanged for over a year now as, for the most part, they seem to be working! Because this thread gets very long and there have been as many as 30 participants we need to follow these rules consistently to make it as simple as possible for Ibis3 to make the updates.
1. For progress posts start your subject line with a pilcrow ¶. On most keyboards you can find the pilcrow by holding down the alt key and typing 0182 or 788. I will also place one at the end of this post which you can cut and paste as needed.
2. The FIRST time you mention a book you must give the complete title and author's name (even if it is well-known). After that a shorter reference is preferred. Links to journal entries are optional and can be posted in any pilcrowed entry. If you decide to post a link for a book it only needs to be posted once, not every time you mention the book. (Don't worry about the way Bookcrossing shortens the visible URL, the entire URL is there.)
3. DO NOT EDIT progress reports – EVER. If you need to make a correction to the info submitted please submit a new progress post pointing out the error. The subject line for any corrections should also start with a pilcrow.
4. If Ibis3 has a query or comment on a pilcrowed post, she'll make it known in this thread as a reply to the post in question. At the same time she'll change the background colour of your screen name in the progress page to red to indicate that she's waiting for an answer. Please respond to her query with a pilcrowed post in this thread as soon as possible. She will then update your progress row and remove the red. NOTE: Until the issue has been resolved, Ibis3 won't make any updates to your progress row.
5. Plus, every time the progress page is updated, I'll send a PM to anyone whose line is red to make sure they've noticed, sending repeat PMs until the query is resolved and Ibis3 changes the colour back.
6. If you respond to someone else’s pilcrowed post please remove the pilcrow that will show up automatically in the subject line.
7. If any of this is unclear please ask for clarification by post in this thread or, if you'd prefer to make a less public query, feel free to PM me (Nu-Knees) and I'll try to interpret.
I think that's enough of explaining - but please PM me if there's anything that's still not clear!
Good Luck, everybody!
Thanks to Ibis3, we can follow our progress on another beautiful progress page here:
¶ Here's the promised pilcrow for anyone who wants to copy and paste it: ¶