As I mentioned earlier this month, with the 2012 Shoe Challenge over, I’m now starting to think about a new challenge for the new year. I know a lot of you are still working your way through the current challenge, so I wanted to do something that would easily be able to run alongside that, and also something a little less restrictive than the “wear all your shoes in a year” format I’ve gone with the last three years.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with a couple of options:
1. A monthly shoe-styling challenge, with everyone wearing the same style or type of shoe
The idea here would be that every month we would use the shoe forum to agree on a date and a specific type of shoes (Red shoes, black shoes, flat shoes, heels… you get the picture), and then on that date, everyone would post photos, either on their own blogs, or in the forum, of themselves wearing those shoes. The aim of this challenge would be to see all of the different ways people style the same type of shoe, and to that end, on the designated day I would publish a roundup here on the blog, in which everyone would be able to link up their blog/image (and thus get some traffic to their own blogs, too), and view them all in the same place.
2. A weekly Shoeper Shoesday challenge, based around a much looser theme
When I posted about the new challenge in the forum, Alvina came up with the idea of making it a weekly challenge, rather than a monthly one. I think it would be too tricky to co-ordinate themes on a weekly basis, but I’m happy to host a weekly roundup, perhaps something along the same lines as the “Shoesday” posts I used to do, whereby on a certain day each week, everyone makes the effort to wear their best shoes and posts the photos, in the same kind of roundup described above. With this option, you would still be essentially “saving” your shoes by wearing them, but without the obligation to wear them all in a year, or get rid of any you don’t “save”. So it’s basically applying the principles of the original challenge to everyday life, in other words, but hopefully in a less rigid, more fun way than in previous years.
These are the two ideas I have at the moment, but I’m still open to suggestions! (And there’s no reason we can’t do both at the same time if there’s enough interest. From the response so far, however, I don’t think there will be, so I’d really appreciate your feedback on this one!) I’m also keen to gauge how much interest there is in a new challenge: as I mentioned in the forum, the software I use for linkup posts is something I have to pay for, and I don’t want to do that, if it turns out that no one actually wants to take part, as was the case with Shoesday, for instance.
So, what does everyone think? Would you take part in a new shoe challenge? And if so, what kind of format would you like it to take? For me, the most important things is that it be something that people want to participate in, so as always, I’d love to hear your suggestions!