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Gauche Alchemy was given the opportunity to assist in the development of a new site that makes it totally easy to determine which challenges are happening in cyberspace and which you might want to participate in. I, for one, love challenges, as well as all the hob-nobbing with other creative types and the potential to win fabulous prizes. It’s just a good concept all around. For me, though, sometimes by the time I get a chance to sit down and do a challenge, I’m so far out of the loop and don’t know what’s available and where.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. I head to my art area, ready to delve into some challenges. Laptop open, I hit a challenge site. The prompt doesn’t appeal to me, so I move along. I hit another challenge site. That challenge is closed already and the next one hasn’t been posted yet. So, I hit another challenge site, which looks like fun, but it requires the use of a particular product, which I don’t happen to have on hand. Pretty soon, 40 minutes have passed, and instead of feeling inspired, I’m feeling frustrated.
Now, I know some of you are more on-the-ball than I am and regularly participate with a couple of challenge sites. But wouldn’t it be nice to discover new challenges and communities that really get your mojo running? Or how about the possibility to easily determine “cross-challenging” possibilities? i.e., one project that can be entered in more than one challenge…
Challenge Central is the answer, folks. You gotta check this out – and if you agree that it is truly a fantastic idea, please share with all your creative friends. The more participation there is here, the better it gets, and the more we artsy-fartsy types can spend with our ART instead of looking for challenges that suit our fancy. It’s free advertising for the challenge site owner and only requires a brief form be filled out when posting a challenge. They can even post future challenges, if their schedule has been determined, which will automatically appear on the site on the appropriate date.
Best yet, if you think the site can be improved in any way, just dash an e-mail off to firstname.lastname@example.org – the site is still in beta, which means that changes and improvements are ongoing (although it is fully functional as of now). For the challenge site owner, participation in this beta period gets an entry into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate at the end of the beta period.
What are you waiting for? Go check it out! If you like what you see, please get the word out – join the Challenge Central Facebook page, Tweet, blog (there’s link button code available on the site for your sidebar)! As participation increases, so do the number of yummy challenges you have to choose from!