It is time to vote!
The Remaining Timeline:
Voting Begins: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 (Today!)
Voting Ends: Monday, April 22nd, 2015
Winner Announced: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
This month we have seven entries., which is the lowest number of entries we have ever had in the Challenge. Perhaps it was the theme, or perhaps everyone was particularly busy this month (I know I was). Or, perhaps, this little “contest” has run it’s course and it is time to shelve the idea altogether. I would love to hear from those who have contributed in the past, in particular (Armchair Sommelier, Duff’s Wines, Food Wine Click, From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love, My Custard Pie, Oenophilogical, Please Bring Me My Wine, Rockin Red Blog, Sweet Tempranillo, The Wandering Sheppard, Tim Milford, Wayward Wine, among others). Please let me know what you think in the comments below:
binNotes: Finish | Jamais Fini
Confessions of a Wine Geek: The Finish… or just the Start?
Dopest Wine Taster: Finishing each and every drop
Dracaena Wines: It’s the Journey, Not the Finish
The Drunken Cyclist: When I Reach the Finish Line
Talk-a-Vino: Finish Versus the World
These have all been posted over on mwwcblog.wordpress.com as well, which is where you need to go to vote (you can press on the nifty “Vote” button below to go there):
I had all intentions of writing an entry this month, but just couldn’t make the time–poor excuse, I know. I enjoy reading the entries, even when I don’t submit.
Thanks for the comment–hope to have you back soon!
Even though nobody asked for my opinion :), I still have one – I think it was a combination of the difficult theme and people been busy. I would definitely not make a decision based on a single slump. If the next 2-3 rounds will be the same, then yes, it might be the time.
I completely agree… but last month there were only eleven. This is after the all-time high of 25 about five months ago or so….
In reference to When I Reach the Finish Line (my vote), I don’t know if I’ve ever posted this before, but I have a wine cork that hangs off of my bike seat. People ask me all the time about it. I tell them: le vin est la vie, meaning that once a cork is out of the bottle of wine it only has so much of a life, so make the most of it. The same is true for us. 🙂
Great metaphor! I might have to steal that at some point (the metaphor, not the cork–I never seem to be short of those).
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I wanted very much to write on my own topic, but had other deadlines that prevented me from doing so. Also, as last months winner, I knew I was not eligible, so I was less inclined to write this month. I hope next month is another strong showing, and from what I’ve read so far, the writing has been pretty good!
À votre santé!
I agree! It is tough to “enter” when you know you can’t “win.” I originally instituted that rule back when it was also up to the winner to host the Challenge the following month. Now, after a couple of less than desirable hostings, I/we decided that it would be better if I just hosted it–and adding a bit of consistency. So what do you think? Should we revert to that previous model (of the winner hosting the following month) or, instead, allowing the winner to be eligible the following month as well?
I chose the topic “Finsh” because I adore most things about wine but a good finish is difficult to explain well and I was hoping to wax poetic about it.
In spite of my good intentions to cover my own topic, I ended up not writing an entry this month; I had an article due and have been working non-stop.
What I do want to say is that the field this month may not be heavy with writers, but it is heavy with quality. I think there is significant depth and thought and meaning in many of these posts, and I enjoyed experiencing a different side of some of you, and another note. Perhaps I experienced yet another different finish, if you will.
À votre santé!
I hope my comments in the post were not taken as a criticism of your theme choice, because they were not intended that way! There have been themes that have resonated with me personally and others that have not, which I imagine is true for everyone (and those that resonate are different for each). I was just lamenting publicly, that’s all. I just wanted to examine the collective thoughts of some of the long-time contributors.
I personally think that you hosting provides both consistency and ease. I don’t know how well I could have hosted given my recent schedule, and it’s easier for the participants to go back to one site each month.
As far as the rules, I think it best to not allow back to back wins from writers for what I think are several obvious reasons- but also to follow the initial goal of the project. Please keep it going!
In response to your comment, perhaps the theme was difficult for some- I hope bloggers who didn’t participate this month will chime in and share their thoughts – but I hope that was not the case. I really enjoyed this months contributions, and am ok with seeing quality instead of quantity.
Thanks Jim! good to hear that there are some positives about me hosting. I do not think it was the theme, honestly. It may have just been a busy month for a lot of the usual suspects….