I am writing 100 essays in 100 days: aiming for 300-1000 words for each and 100 views per day. “Funny” and “educational” are the main goals of each essay. PJ O’Rourke, Carl Hiassen and Dave Barry are my favorite writers. No matter the topic, about every other paragraph you are laughing out loud. While not as extremely funny I also love Larry McMurtry. When I first started my blog (February 2013), I intended to write in a style that emulated these authors. But, I ended up mostly only posting pictures and writing little captions underneath them like:
Doing the 100/100 is a good challenge that “forces” me to actually write things and change it up a bit. One of my favorite blogs, 23thorns, did a 100/100. I really enjoyed it and once it ended, I thought, “I can do (a version) of that too!” One thing 23thorns did was weekly progress report and I now see why he did it: one day of the week, no need to think of a topic. Sometimes thinking of a topic is the hardest part of writing a random essay. Exhibit A: I wrote a post entitled “Pictures I Didn’t Take”, not exactly a compelling subject. So sue me, it was a long day and while I could laugh at jokes, I couldn’t seem to make any.
So how is my progress? My site stats haven’t really increased at all. I’m averaging 30 views a day. And by 30 I mean 20ish. I have 250 followers and by 250 I mean 245. The greatest number of hits Spy Garden has ever gotten (in one day) is 110 and that is the day I posted an obituary for my golden retriever. So basically my dead dog is more popular than my jokes about corn.
This woman got 2.5 million views in 36 hours when she posted a letter to her daughter in consideration of Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance. I am quite tempted to write about Miley Cyrus in an effort to get more views and followers but this would pose several problems:
1. I don’t really care what Miley Cyrus does. I mean, I care about her in the way I have concern for humanity, but not enough to write 300-1000 words about her. We all have free will and as soon as we start judging others, it is only a matter of time before the lens shifts and reveals our own transgressions. (People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones and all that). Miley may look a lot worse than me/you/whoever at one moment in time but I believe we are all sinners and she can be forgiven for anything, as can you or I.
2. Popular media in general really has nothing to do with my blog and even though at times I’ve drifted off the topic of “Creative Home & Garden”, writing about Miley Cyrus would just be taking it a bit too far off course mostly because Spy Garden is rated PG. It is, first and foremost, a home and garden blog through the lens of childhood. My kids don’t know who Miley Cyrus is and I am ok keeping it that way.
So more reflection on my progress 1/10th of the way in…I do not feel I’ve fleshed out every topic I’ve written about in the nine essays so far and this is mostly because I only devote 1-3 hours or so a day to blog-world which is not really enough time to properly edit, expand ideas and do much research. In terms of my writing style, I use the word “mostly” far too often. As in, “I mostly think writing 100 essays in 100 days is a good idea.”
I didn’t really ever want to write about “blogging” mostly (there it is again) because I wanted Spy Garden to be accessible to non-blog writers. Someone who does not have a blog probably cannot relate to the trials and tribulations of composing a post. I have mostly (I know, I know) refrained from being self-aware of how this blog is written and just posted things about the garden without calling attention to the bloggedness of it all. So I won’t do weekly progress reports. Maybe every 10 days or maybe whenever I can’t think of any other topic.