Combine that with my being a member of the Historical Sew Fortnightly, and I start to get curious about things like how many of our members are actually participating in the challenges, and which challenges are the most popular. So I turned those questions into a giant spreadsheet, and then made that data easier to read through two charts:
Despite the fact that we almost doubled our membership in 2014, about the same number of people participated. Although, we did almost double our numbers of those who completed all challenges in the year (26 in 2013 (plus the bonus #0 for a total of 27) and 24 in 2014): 4 "full-marathoners" in 2013 and 7 in 2014, and only two people did all challenges both years.
As far as I could tell, 389 people participated in at least one challenge. If you're a member of that group, you did better than about 80% of our members! (At the end of 2014, we had about 2000 members.)
My second chart only asks how many people did each challenge, but it also shows some interesting trends, most notably how interest drops off as the year goes on (this being especially pronounced in 2014). But you can also see which types of challenges were more interesting to people. Both years, the "Under It All" (13.3 and 14.3) challenge was one of the most popular, and it was joined by other concrete themes like "Bodice" (14.4) and "Accessorize" (13.7). Less popular were the challenges with more fluid themes like "Pretty Pretty Princess" (13.12) and "The Politics of Fashion" (14.11), though I often found these more enjoyable due to the added challenge of interpreting the theme. If you'd like to compare the numbers to their challenge names, the Dreamstress' site has them all listed on the respective HSF pages: 2013 and 2014.
And if you have any desire to see the full set of data, visit here.
Hope you enjoy! And feel free to leave a comment about what you've been wondering about the HSF, and maybe I'll continue with my figuring!