One Year of Writing In…

I’ve written a blog post every single day for a year exactly now. Actually, there have been two or three days I’ve used the “buffer by one day” clause and had to write two the next day, but still– 365 posts in as many days.

The bet was Sebastian’s idea, and I agreed to it for two reasons. First, I thought it would be an unequivocally good thing to do, and second, because it was just crazy enough that I didn’t want to back down from the challenge.

It’s amazing to me how quickly something can become normal. As soon as I wake up every day, I’m thinking about what I’m going to write and when I’m going to do it. Sometimes I have a great idea for a post and can’t wait to get to it, but other days I’m busy and am grasping at straws for something to write about. As unpleasant as that may be, I wonder if it’s maybe the most valuable part of the exercise. After all, the hard part of blogging is coming up with compelling ideas for posts. Maybe practicing that 730 days in a row isn’t such a bad idea.

I think my writing has become better, but it’s hard to know for sure. This is definitely a case of the frog boiling so slowly he doesn’t notice. I feel like I get more compliments on posts that I think are just “good” now, so that’s probably a positive sign.

I’m a little bit sick of writing every day, but I’m also a little bit sick of working out all the time and doing other things that are good for me, so I don’t put too much weight on that. The truth is that it’s only a small imposition, and the benefits seem to be worth it.

Looking forward a year, it’s hard to imagine that I’ll really come up with another 365 things to write about. But it also felt that way on week one, so there’s probably not much truth to it. I vacillate on whether or not I’ll continue after a year. There are definitely some days that I don’t want to write, and it’s largely a waste of time, but there are plenty of other days where I unexpectedly get some good writing out of myself. I think I may switch to a quota of four posts per week or something like that.

I’m curious if, as a reader, you’ve noticed anything in this past year. Were the posts better? Worse?


Photo is a street in Bruges, Belgium.

It’s actually been a bit more than a year now. I’ve been spending a lot of my writing time working on my new book, so I’m going through my backup posts I have written.






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