By my count, I’ve written more than 200 blog posts this year.
Is that a lot? It feels like a lot, but then I know of some people who post several a day, so maybe not.
Every one of them, I thought was a good idea when I wrote it, but as I look back, so many of them have me feeling “meh” at best.
Therefore, I decided to see what posts I still feel really good about or had fun doing, and here’s what I came up with.
My advice to everyone to kick ass in life, even if I’m not following it these days.
I could still use this advice.
Go ahead and give it a try.
This may be the old post that I read the most this year, including me getting completely tongue-tied.
Ahhh … memories.
Where I finally figure out what it is about New York City for me.
Me, a year older.
Defending millennials and not fitting into Generation X.
The algorithm thinks it knows me.
Don’t tell me what I’m supposed to like!
Sorry, I’m still not convinced Bend, Oregon is a real place.
I still don’t run, still have the pink T-shirt and now stand at the front of the exercise class.
Seventy-three answers to questions you didn’t know you wanted.
What would happen if I ever wrote a book.
Note to self: do not wait another 12 years to go back to Portland.
I guess I should include something about this …
I’m not even sure Mix gets how helpful he is to me.
I thought this was clever.
They still do.
The blog post is perfectly fine, but I just love the story.
This one actually frustrates me, because I think there was a great post there and I couldn’t quite land it.
This is my most-popular post of the year, so I should include it.
Me, being a dope … ‘twas ever thus.
This is as close as I get to pure bragging. I think this is the best writing I did this year.
I hope her mom liked the photos.
I had all kinds of fun working on this with Renata, but I’ll confess that her stuff was a lot better than mine.
I write things because I want people to read them. So does anyone else who does anything for public consumption.
There’s still time to get one of these made by next October.
That’s 28 posts, basically one in every seven or so, which is more than I thought it would be.
But the point of my doing this exercise is not to say, “Hey, everyone, read this stuff of mine” — although I would obviously love if you did — but because I want to discover how to make everything I write something I can look back on and say it was really good or lots of fun.
One sort-of theme that I noticed was that I was drawn to a lot of posts where I really had to dig in mentally and pull my thoughts together to make it happen, as opposed to just dashing something off randomly.
If I stuck with those kind of posts, they’d take longer to write, and I’d probably post less often, but I also like the idea of taking an everyday observation and trying to make a story out of it.
So we’ll see what happens.