GLM 70 day challenges

Over on Facebook we have the GoldList Method User Group – this contains users who discuss and share experiences with the Method and also help people with their questions about it as I don’t always have the time to help and not everyone has the time to wade through all the articles on here about it.

One of the features of this Group is that it is also home to the GoldList Method 70 day challenge.

There are going to be four of these per year, as 280 fits quite nicely into 365 with some space for a breather in between them. Some people do 90 day challenges but we like the idea of ten weeks. Timing-wise they start on a Monday a couple of weeks into a quarter so that at after ten weeks exactly they end on the last Sunday in a calendar quarter.

The idea is to compete first and foremost against yourself, as in any marathon, but people are also able to compare their performance to others as well as to themselves against a target or break records from a previous period.

The aim is to do as many lines of GL as possible. The unit of measurement in competitive Goldlisting is the line, and while this is not necessarily true, the working approximation is that a line of GL at any distillation level is the same work as a line at Headlist. So whether people are working mainly on headlists or on D1, D2 or even D11, it doesn’t matter, it is all the same. It doesn’t matter how many languages you study in the period in fact even the use of GLM on non-language learning projects is also  acceptable for this challenge. It is a celebration of self-study using the method and the feeding of the long-term memory.

The top three results in each challenge will be recorded plus anyone else who manages to exceed 5,000 lines in the 70 days. Everyone is welcome to join in threads and give their results and receive congratulations even if they are not recorded for posterity in the main thread and in here. There are no cash prizes and we assume that people are frank and honest in their reported result as you only hurt yourself if you lie about it.

The current state of knowledge about the Challenges to date is in the table below, pending final results from the people mentioned without numbers for the last challenge.

Here is the updated league table up to the ninth Challenge. Over 100,000 lines of goals were announced for the tenth one, and we will see if we finally make it over the magical figure of 70,000 lines for the Group, which we fell slighty short of in the ninth Challenge.


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