My third year of blogging was my favorite so far. I was consumed with completing my list of 101 things in 1001 days, and I had a lot of fun with plenty to write about. (Related post: Year in Review, 2013)
Now that the challenge is over, I am trying to think of what’s next. I liked having a focus for my energy, and I liked how my eclectic list led me to many enriching experiences. As much as I loved working through my list, though, I am sure that I don’t want to make another one.
I have a tendency toward “all or nothing” behavior. I will get obsessively committed to a task, but then once I complete it, I lose interest.
For example, I committed to walking at least 10,000 steps a day. It was on my list to do it at least six days a week. Good goal, right? Once I got a streak going, though, I would not let myself break the streak. I love streaks for their own sake, but I also worried that I would sink back to couch potatoness once the streak was broken. I kept up the streak for 1,043 days, including days when I should have just let the streak end (going out on my own in a sketchy Costa Rican area as midnight approached springs to mind). Finally, I made a purposeful decision to break the streak. And what happened? I sat on the couch for the next four months and gained 10 pounds. All or nothing.
So, really, one of my main goals for the coming year is to take life as it comes. I want to be moderate and change the “all or nothing” approach.
Now that I am list-less, I am looking for a new focus, and I haven’t found it yet. I know that I want to take on bigger, more meaningful challenges. (As fun as it was to get a zombie makeover or throw a Spam dinner party, it didn’t exactly change my life or the world.)
I am worried, I admit, about having fewer topics to write about, but life always rolls along and brings new opportunities. We’ll see one year from now whether my fourth year of blogging was a wild success or a petered-out failure, or just maybe something in between.
I looked over the things from my list that brought me the most satisfaction, and I would like to keep them going — in a moderate way. Please excuse the list-like nature of what follows, but these are things that I would like to keep going in some way:
- Confronting fear
- Trying new things
- Helping others
- Guitar playing
- Walking regularly
Funny Search Terms
Each year, on my blogging anniversary, I like to look over the search terms people Googled to find my blog. I will never understand the people out there in cyberspace, but I like the boost in my stats that their ridiculous queries provide.
Random search weirdness:
- freakshow (What’d I do?) (my post)
- love song if j alfred potluck (Try a little harder, people. That’s barely even close.) (my post)
- Apocalypse Girls [in Persian] (my post)
- too timid mama said turkey leg (my post)
- kittens drawer (my post)
- brain made from peach pit
My blog provides a guide to recreational activities:
- woman and donkey f#@king (I never wrote about that, I swear.) (my post)
- cardio tennis hate (I love it, though.) (my post)
- how to do rugged maniac if you are fat (Ouch, Google. Just ouch.) (my post)
- frog yoga (my post)
- teen summer bucket lust (my post)
- minecraft mom in real life (my post)
My blog solves people’s problems:
- who to call i got graffiti in my garage (my post)
- in what order should i hear led zeppelin (my post)
- why do i pussyfoot around my 20 year old son? (my post)
- how to look after a zombie (my post)
- what happens if you don’t get a fortune in your fortune cookie (my post)
- how to wear a luminous yellow jumper (my post)
Keep on searching, people. You never know what you’ll find.
In May, I kept refreshing my blog stats on my phone one afternoon, excited to see my stats reach 100,000 views, 854 days after beginning my blog. I have a small blog, but a milestone is a milestone, and this one seemed pretty cool.
I had a more dubious achievement a few weeks ago when I checked my stats and saw a lot of visits coming from a BuzzFeed post. I clicked through to check it out, and my anxiety ratcheted up at the headline: 12 Worst Types of Kisses. What Internet troll was making fun of me? But it happily turned out to be harmless, and pretty funny too. (I’m #5 on the list, the Desert Rose.)
Timid No More
During this past year, I published an eBook (on Amazon), Timid No More, that collected my favorite experiences from my list of 101 things in 1001 days. Now that I’ve completed the list, I’m updating the book to include all 101 things. (I think there will be a way to get the updated version for free if you’ve already purchased the first edition.) It’s a labor of love mainly for myself, but I have so appreciated the people who have shared kind words about it. (More info here.)
Here’s to a great fourth year of blogging. Thank you to all the readers who have supported and encouraged me. I appreciate it, and you motivate me to keep writing.
Previous blog anniversaries
- Peanut Zombies and Squeamish Vegans: My First Blogoversary
- Less Timid, Less Squeamish: My Second Blogoversary