Important Query Challenge Announcement

( — Well, folks, we’re 8 full months into the 2008 Inkthinker Query Challenge, and despite the fact that we’ve got over 100 people signed up, I’m getting maybe 8 query totals a month, even when I send out frequent reminders. So, with that in mind, I’m going to go ahead and officially discontinue the Query Challenge.

This is a decision I’ve been wrestling with for months, and I do think it’s the right one. The Challenge takes up a huge amount of time on this end administratively, and with the small number of active participants, I just don’t think it’s worth it. The folks reporting their totals are going to write their queries with or without the Challenge, and the folks who aren’t reporting their numbers will write or not write queries and that’s fine.

The big thing I will miss is celebrating your accomplishments with you when you report your success stories, so I hope we can continue that aspect of the Challenge in a different format. (I will post more about that another day.)

For those who continue to report religiously on their totals, I encourage you to shoot me an e-mail and let me know what you’re working on even though we’re not keeping track for the competition anymore. I love to hear how you’re doing with reaching your writing goals. And now, I’ll look forward to it even more because it won’t mean more work when I am swamped. ;)

Thanks to all for understanding and for your great support of the Challenge and its participants. Inkthinker readers rock.

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