Here's a suggestion for anyone interested in competing:
Several people have mentioned that they really were unprepared for the amount of material it takes & just didn't have the time to be part of the F.O.T.M. contest. It really does take a lot (especially the F.O.T.Y), but there's no reason you can't be an active participant even when life's responsibilities start overwhelming your month. All it takes is a little preparation.
Most people post every 2-3 days during a contest period. The most ambitious will even post daily, or several times a day, but that's quite a bit and a great way to possibly lose the readers' interest and/or run out of material halfway through. Personally, I think averaging a post every other day is perfect, with a handful of extras near the end to really increase the excitement (and pressure on the other guys).
An ideal solution, and one that helped me, was to write your story before the contest begins, and break it up into 10, 15 or even 20 segments. You don't have to post every day & not every post has to be a novel. It's quite acceptable to describe a more complex aspect of your Bronco story (such as a mod, rebuild, long adventure, etc.) in several posts. Writing them all in advance gives you the advantage of sticking to an outline, and gives you a chance to review your entire story as a whole, and making it flow & more readable. I wrote all my posts out as individual MSWord documents and kept them in a folder on my desktop.
You can also plan what photos to use & where to place them in the story. I would cut & paste the link from my photo-hosting website into my pre-written paragraphs. Later, you can always change them or add more where you think it's needed. It's good to have lots of pictures, but you don't have to go crazy. Honestly, too many pictures are not a good idea; no one wants to see 800 photos of a half-day trail ride. Others may have different opinions, but I think 2-4 photos in a post is a nice amount. You can always mix-in a few posts that are more photos than text to add some variety.
Approaching it this way made it very simple to go to "Day 4" or whatever I labeled a segment, copy the entire thing (text & photo links all in one swoop) and then paste into a post. Bam! It can literally take a minute or two every few days & you could even do it on your phone during a break from work. I emailed a few days' worth to myself when I was going to be away for the weekend, & then everything was on my phone. If you have more time, you can "tweek" your posts to respond to people's questions or the general direction the "conversation" of the contest is going that month. But if you don't have time, or don't want to, you're already set.
All this assumes you'll put a night or two of serious work into preparing before the contest begins. That's not as hard as it sounds, either. The best writing is a good story, and that means everything progresses in a logical order. The best way to do that is to create & follow an outline. That may sound daunting, but it really isn't. Once you have an outline, you write posts that follow the story progression that you've laid out.
I hope this helps someone & maybe encourages a few who don't think they'll have time to get online and write a long, detailed post every night for a month. The contest does take some commitment, but just because you "think you will be too busy" doesn't mean you can't plan ahead & still participate successfully.