One year ago today, I unintentionally began a personal project, posting to this blog every day for a year. I didn’t realize it at the time, it just kind of happened as I began in late October of 2008, rolled on through November’s National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), and just kept going. After a few months, I decided to see how long I could go, one day at a time, and then about halfway through, I was on a mission to see if I could make it through an entire year of posting once a day.
Meaningless as it may be in the grand scheme of things, I mark this year with a certain sense of accomplishment. I saw it as a creative exercise, getting myself to sit down (even when I didn’t necessarily want to) to compose a post every day for a year, displaying more diligence than with any journal I’ve ever kept. I rarely lacked for material but often had to squeeze in the time.
Often the spontaneous posts (those I never would have written had I not wanted to play the game and get an entry in for the day) were some of my best received. Many times I sat down with one thing in mind and hit the “publish” button with quite a different post, surprising myself with what resulted. I managed to post on election day, after working over 20 hours; I posted from my vacation in the middle of the Caribbean; and I occasionally drove my friends crazy as I searched desperately for a connection to the interwebs, so I could make my post of the day while away from home.
I’m also proud that very rarely did I have to punt in order to make my deadline. It was never for lack of something to say and almost always came down to a matter of timing. On a few occasions I nearly forgot and barely squeaked through in time. A few times, I was literally heading up to bed when–d’oh!!–I’d realize I have one last thing to do before calling it a day.
One side effect I’d hoped to gain from my daily postings was an increase in readership to the site which never happened. That was a bit of a disappointment but I kept on because, while it might have been nice, that wasn’t the reason why I was doing it.
And now that I’ve reached the milestone (actually 365 + one posts in a row) I’m going to take a break tomorrow and intentionally break the string. That way I won’t be tempted to go for another year.