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Which Type of Challenges Do Enjoy Most?

The new year brings us time to reflect on our life, our activities outside of blogging, and our blog. I have cut way back on my challenges this year to focus on hosting only one challenge and participating in more of your challenges. I always thought that people do more photo challenges because they are easier. But are they really?

This morning in my brief scroll through WP Reader, I found several writing challenges that urged me to participate. and it only took a second. Here’s a limerick I wrote for Esther Chilton’s blog. It took me about a minute or two to compose using the word sprout.

She waited for her plant sprout
“Oh, when will it ever pop out?”
But nothing is done,
Or in one minute won,
After two she discharged her pout.
©Marsha Ingrao 2022

Judy composed an entire poem based on a few words teaching us a Life Lesson. Knowing her, it probably popped out of her brain as fast as I can take a sip of coffee. It took me just a few minutes more to compose a response to her poem using the same words.

Trent asked us to tell him what made us smile today in the Weekly Smile, and that didn’t take long either. Three writing challenges were mastered in less than a half-hour hour. That was much easier than even finding a photo to post for this short post.

This morning all the wonderful posts I’m reading are making me smile. Yesterday was a fabulous day. I posted on Facebook that the digital readout on our oven was working inconsistently, and one of my Prescott friends from church called me and offered me a roaster so our turkey would be sure to get cooked. I thought that was so sweet. BTW, the oven worked fine, but we were a little unsure of the temp. Thank goodness for thermometers. We had a great time visiting with friends and family and way too much time eating! 🙂 Eating always makes me smile.

Unless I use an old photo, which I won’t, the writing challenges might have taken less effort than finding just the right photo, processing it, and posting something wordless.

Here’s the experiment.

FOTD – A New Photo from December

How much is the kitty in the window?

For visually challenged readers the photo is a store window featuring a blown glass cat and saguaro cacti that are blooming.

Okay, my experiment is off. I forgot what time I started. Finding a flower in December that I hadn’t already posted was the hardest part. Written for Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge.


So here’s the deal. The one challenge I still host is WQW – Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. It’s a double-duty challenge. You can write or share photos or both as long as you share a quote. I include a few quotes to prime your pump or Google can supply just the right ones you need to compliment your post.

As we enter three years together, I’ve shortened the name to WQ – Wednesday Quotes so I don’t scare off anyone who doesn’t WANT to write.

Of course, if you blog, you probably love to write, but you also love photos, right? Of course, that’s right, I’m Always Write. Join me on the last WQW this Wednesday and write a comment, story, or poem or share photos – a few of your favorites from 2022. And don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite 2023 logo. One vote per person, please.


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  1. Interesting blog post and challenges Marsha. I have to applaud this is a useful blog and you know what I love about obstacles is that they help me grow and they teach me how life operates. This challenge of the Weekly Smile I have to take part in it because I love to smile and I can think of a hundred things that made me smile this soon to end festive holidays.

    Happy New Year – 2023♥♥♥🎆🎆🎆🎆🙏

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    • Thanks, Mthobisi. That is a great challenge. We all have a lot to smile about, but his challenge helps us focus on those things. Thanks for joining me here and for your kind words.


  2. Hi Marsha, I enjoy challenges, but I don’t write often enough to participate in many of them. Smooshing several into one post seems to fit my style better than trying to come up with an individual post for each challenge. Sometimes the stars align and that happens. I like the second logo for Wednesday quotes.

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    • I’m like you are Suzanne. Sometimes the stars align and sometimes not. I’ve never been able to post more than one post a day, and even that wears me out!


  3. I enjoy challenges because they give me a reason to post things I probably wouldn’t have done. I prefer subjects that are not too restrictive. I have taken part in a good number of photo challenges but have only tried a few writing challenges over the years. I like both logos although they are very different. Number 2 has your blog name which seems sensible – sometimes you see a challenge and are not sure who is hosting it. My only question would be that I am not 100% sure what Writer’s Quotes means. Do you have to have written the quotes or to be quoting another writer or is it quotes to inspire writers or about writing? It may be I have not read everything through well enough to fully understand it.

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  4. As you probably know, I like photo challenges best, but not single photo ones. I prefer to compile a whole gallery several times a week rather than post just one photo every day. I do write but not fiction or poetry, and only ever accompanied by photos. Mine blog was developed as a travel photography blog, but increasingly I’m happy to drop the travel element some of the time – however I can’t imagine ever dropping the photos!

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  5. I like both logos, Marsha, but the second one is the winner. I’m back to blogging this week although I’m quite a bit under the weather with a cold. Our temps are above freezing which means melting snow! Getting my color themes ready for Sunday Stills 2023–“see” you Wednesday!

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  6. I have close to 200,000 photographs, many of which have only appeared once. I don’t get out very much these days. I’ve got some weird physical (and not yet diagnosed) things going on, but I’m hoping someone can at least (soon, please) tell me what the problem is and how to fix it. But some of the problem is just age and a really heavy-duty double-whammy of arthritis. The osteo comes and goes with the weather (you could use my bones for meteorological purposes), but the rheumatoid arthritis has stopped remitting and is apparently here to stay. It make getting around difficult and since we live in the boonies, getting around is not easy anyway.

    I take pictures when I can, but if I was limited only to new pictures, I’d give up.

    I like your challenge and when it pops up, I do it. I am engulfed by email and just when I thought I’d finally gotten rid of all those political ads, now I’m getting tons of stuff offering me jobs. WORK? Are they kidding? And I can’t seem to get them to stop! I spend much more time trying to delete enough email so I know what I’ve got in which I’m interested than I do it writing anything.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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