My friend Josh sent me a message earlier today, telling me how impressed he was that I have been able to post a blog every day so far this year. Thank you Josh! I have to say, I’m pretty impressed myself. When I started this whole 365 Project, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to actually be able to keep it up. I’ve watched several people crash and burn trying to do the same thing, and I figured if I made it even six months, I would be pretty darn proud of myself.
With the exception of a couple days in the midst of our recent move when I was without internet or means of posting, I have kept this daily blog for 353 days.
353 blog posts (well, actually more, because there were a couple of days when I posted more than once).
Can I get a “Hell yeah!”?
I know not every post is really praiseworthy. Believe me, I’m not deluding myself into believing I’m going to be winning any Pulitzer Prizes or getting an endorsement from Oprah for people to rush right out and read what I’ve written here. But I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself for tackling this project and kicking its ass.
I’ve already had a few people asking whether or not I plan to continue my daily posts in 2012. You know, at first, I didn’t think I would. I thought maybe I would cut it down to posting just once or twice a week. I mean, let’s face it, these daily posts can sometimes drive me crazy, especially when I’m tired and sleep-deprived and swamped with other things to do and can’t for the life of me think of a topic. And I know you all have probably yawned and skimmed halfheartedly through some of the lame posts, wondering why I bothered to write them in the first place.
But, it’s a sickness. I can’t help myself. I’m a writer and that’s just what we do. Getting something on the page, even if it’s complete garbage, is my daily therapy session, my meditation, my medication. It’s the one thing that connects me to me. And when you’re a wife, a mother, a dog owner, a business owner, and a relatively productive member of society, a little bit of “me” time is often the one thing that can keep you sane.
I had something of an epiphany, right about the time I was packing things in boxes and helping Steven load our hundreds of boxes and bins into the van to start hauling here to our new house. Taking inspiration from my good friend Kara’s Trashed 365 blog (click HERE to check it out), I’ve decided that my 2012 daily blog will be devoted to sorting through every last box, bin, bag, and basket full of stuff in this house and either putting it away where it rightfully belongs, or getting rid of the useless and unwanted clutter.
And really, what better way to get to know someone and their history than to poke through their trash? So, get ready all you internet voyeurs. Soon enough, you’ll be getting a guided tour through some of the best and worst things I have managed to collect during my 31 years on this earth.
Stay tuned. The public unpacking of my life will begin January 1, 2012.
Until then, let me know your thoughts on my 2011 365 Project. Do you have any favorite posts? Least favorite posts? Things you loved? Hated? Wished you had your life back after spending time reading? Thanks for reading!