Ten score and no more years ago, I had a title and nothing else. The 2K11 24/7. What did it mean? What was it all about? It’s almost seven months in, and I STILL DON’T REALLY KNOW. It’s not like I haven’t tried to categorize the blog, but it’s just too broad to simply be labelled as one thing. It’s a daily blog of hope to get people through their days. It’s a collection of ideas, meant to help readers figure out how to get a little more out of their lives. Or maybe it’s just a random blog still trying to find its place.
I won’t lie — I’m pretty damn surprised that I’ve gotten posts out daily for 200 days STRAIGHT now. I’ll be the first to tell you that I couldn’t have done it without a little help, but it feels amazing to have stayed consistent for so long. On Day 1, the number 365 seemed daunting. Unreachable. But here we are 199 days and posts later.
Let me let you in on something I’ve learned this year, though — blogging’s like a second job if you take it seriously enough!
If you’re doing a daily blog, you need to try and keep motivated so that your content is ALWAYS fresh. Gonna be out of town for a bit? You better schedule some posts in so you don’t miss a beat! It’s something that you’ve always got to keep at, but your writing will be BETTER for it. You’ll keep raising the bar higher and keep trying to outdo your previous efforts — and if all goes well, you’ll come out at the tail end of the year far more developed than you were when you started.
Would I ever try to do a year’s worth of daily posts again?
- not so intensely, or
- not without some help, or
- not without a little more focus.
What made the 2010 20K easier to write in some ways than the 2K11 24/7 was the focus — I had a very specific goal in mind, and I was going to try and blog about it over the course of the year. The 2K11 24/7 didn’t offer the same luxury of such simplicity. With a broad goal of trying to improve the world daily and no idea of what I hoped for things to look like at the year’s end, it makes for very open-ended and very CHALLENGING writing.
But with time comes both knowledge and experience — next time, I’d make sure to start with a single, focused topic and find others who’re passionate about the subject matter to blog with.
So thank you for being here for 200 posts so far — another 165 ’til we’re onto another year, another goal and whatever else may come!
I hope you enjoy the ride until then!
–Casey E. Palmer