1: Not having the list didn't deter people. That's good, but it didn't make it any easier to find blogs. In fact, I found it a little harder and more time consuming to go through the comments. The other problem was it took me a few days to notice the warning about needing to load more comments. I kept thinking mine were getting caught in spam. Plus, I don't know how many people didn't know about it either and who was clicking to load more comments. It also didn't help that the Load More link was AFTER the comment box. That's their blogging host's doing though, but really, it should be before so people can see it before commenting and know there are more comments hidden.
3: Not everyone used the html in their comments. Those ones, I'm not going to lie, unless the theme was really interesting, I skipped. I did like the format some people used and I tried to remember to say what my theme was and the category when commenting.
4: For the theme reveal I had WAAAAY less comments. Previous years, I had over 80. This year I had just over 30. Beginning of the challenge, mine were on par with last year and then it started to drop off. I got less comments, but it wasn't a ton less. My page views were pretty steady.
Was the lack of list a success?
I kinda felt like I failed this year because for me the challenge is about visiting people and I didn't do that as much as I wanted to. I can still go visit after the fact, but I know myself, and I never end up doing that because I'm trying to keep up with current posts. Again, the fatigue plays into this. My energy feels like it's becoming more and more limited every day and I have to pick wisely where to use it.
I will be back next year––with or without the list. I enjoy this challenge. Maybe by next year I'll have a better handle on my illnesses and more energy to spare.