I lost my streak:(
I was on a 53 day streak and doing well until just yesterday i forgot to log on!!! At first I was annoyed with myself but now I can see how it is a good thing. When I first started with Duolingo I was enjoying it and was doing so many tests a day I couldn't remember what I had learned. Then I cut it down to about 2 or 3 tests a day and had great motivation to learn Spanish. Then, suddenly, about a week ago it was becoming more of a chore then the fun learning it was at the start. I was only logging onto Duolingo to keep my streak going and didn't really care about learning Spanish. I read on another topic that the same thing happened to another guy that lost motivation and said that break is what he needed so that's what I'll do. (I was 2 days away from winning the 7 day wager as well :() Also, has this ever happened to any of you and if so was it from lack of motivation of you just forgot?
im making my tree gold now to refreshen the skills so that i can go back to immersion. i now refreshen every other day so that i dont get bored doing the lessons. having a high streak means nothing if you are not getting quality work done, so dont worry about having the highest streak. i once had a 330 day streak, but i was just doing basics 1 over every day just so i can have a high streak and to get some lingots, but it proved to be lackluster since i didnt learn new words and the lingots dont buy anything after the first 100 lingots that you get. i recommend doing duolingo work every other day/ every 2 days so that you can get a break from it. but if you do it every other day, then put in some more work and do it for ~30 mins/day.
I'm sorry about your loss. I lost my little streak due to Mother Nature. I was on something like 26 days and I lost it when my modem was struck by lightning and I was without internet or phone for three days.
When it gets to be a chore, just take a break (which you did subconsciously). ;) It's better to only have short streaks and not feel tied to Duolingo, then to have a 50+ streak and feel like Duolingo is punishment. It's much easier to learn a language when it's fun for you. The minute that it stops being such, you aren't going to retain it.