And with the final result published on Adventure Rules yesterday, that’s the second Blogger Blitz event done. The past few months have been a rollercoaster of excitement, nervousness and anticipation for everyone involved in the competition and we’ve managed to survive a total of seven rounds consisting of amazing entries. It’s sad it’s all over for now but at least we can finally take some time out to catch our breath!
Before I do so however, I’d like to wish a huge congratulations to Michael from Git Gud at Life for being this year’s winner. I had my doubts when he decided to enter the event with a character like Frank Fontaine from BioShock; after all, he has no special weapons or powers as such and could potentially be seen as underpowered when compared to some of the other challengers. But he proved us all wrong with some excellent post formats and plot-twists and deserves a massive round of applause.
Teri Mae from Sheikah Plate and her sidekick Ganondorf were worthy competitors and didn’t make it easy for Fontaine however. It’s been lovely to see this blogger’s writing style develop in confidence of the course of Blogger Blitz and knowing how modest she is, I’m sure she doesn’t realise just how good her fiction is! She may not have come out on top but making it to the championship match two years in a row shouldn’t be underestimated: hopefully one day we’ll get to find out how her villain’s story ends.
I’d also like to say a big thank you and send plenty of hugs to everyone who took part, along with my fellow judges. Having the opportunity to participate in the event and enjoy reading all the entries, as well as working with these excellent people and getting to know them better, has been an absolute honour. I’d highly recommend signing up as either a competitor or judge if Blogger Blitz comes back for third year in 2019 (and let’s all hope it does); it requires effort but you honestly won’t regret it.
There’s someone else who deserves a mention too and it just so happens that he’s one of my favourite people on the internet. In the time since Later Levels started, Ian has been one of the most encouraging and supportive bloggers I’ve had the chance to meet; always there with a friendly comment, a cheery outlook and a word of advice when it’s needed. He’s had a lot going on recently and it hasn’t always been easy but he should be extremely proud of what he’s achieved with Adventure Rules.
New and old writers alike can learn a thing or two from this man. I love how he’s bringing the community together through Blogger Blitz, giving everyone the opportunity to meet new bloggers, inspiring a bit of friendly competition while celebrating our hobbies. It’s this kind of event that puts the positivity here on display and show just how welcoming our group is. I’m really glad I’ve been able to be involved once again – and even gladder I’m able to call Ian a friend.
In fact, Chris from OverThinker Y and I have become partners-in-crime in honour of this year’s Black Sheep twist and we have a little something up our sleeves to say thank you to Ian. We wanted to show him our appreciated for all the hard work he puts into his events and we think we may have come up with the perfect way to do that. We’re still in the planning stages at the moment however, so stay turned and keep your eyes peeled for more details coming over the next month or so…
And with that, we say goodbye to Blogger Blitz 2018. What a wonderful time it has been.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.