Well, for the first time in what seems like a long time, I am announcing the winner of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge by pounding away at my desktop keyboard and not sitting in a hotel bed in a far-flung wine region. Why is that important? It isn’t. Not even slightly, but I feel the need to fill this space with some sort of drivel so that I can justify being the curator (is that what I am?) of this writing challenge.
This was a strange month by a few measures. First, there were only eight entries, the second lowest amount since the Challenge began over three years ago (and we only got to eight after I extended the deadline by a week). On top of that, the number of votes cast to determine the winner was the lowest total since I took over the full-time administration of the Challenge (#MWWC8).
What does it all mean? Probably nothing, other than the fact that as a researcher, I am overly obsessed with numbers and the desire to use them to discover meaning. Yeah, I am a dork.
I know you don’t care. I know all you want to know is: “Who is the winner?”
This now marks the fifth month in a row that we have had a first time winner, and as the winner, Kent, has the honor/responsibility/task/burden of choosing the theme for next month’s Challenge.* As is normally the case, I now mention that I hope to have the next Challenge up and running by this time next week, in the hopes of gently urging Kent to get over the unbridled joy of winning quickly.
*He also gets the “privilege” of displaying this badge on his site if he so desires.