Mark, you're truly crafty at turning the tables around and loading off the well-deserved credits all in my direction.
Thank you but I meant every word and I will not retreat.
You know, the amazing thing was, I never felt disheartened by any of the criticism, especially the so-called nasty ones. Even that happening is a challenge by itself.
One can't please everyone at the same time even if one tried very hard and even if the demands were reasonable ones.
I never felt sorry, not once.
I found it pretty humorous that partcipation decreased but even that is subject to change since change is the only reality that won't change; it's bound to happen either for the better or for the worse.
Don't be discouraged with such things yourself.
You are better than to take such things as bad signs. It's mostly because the world out there is not at the same place as you are mentally or physically the but it doesn't define who you are or all that you know you achieved or can achieve. : ) It's about life and photographing life around you and challenges are just as good excuses to see some new photos that can take the challenge of a little contest.
If I had more time on my hands, I surely would start a couple of others with just as much enthusiasm.
With my complements.... : ))