one month from today,
it’s my birthday this second edition of the 1970kikiproject will conclude. since i have but FIVE new experiences left in order to reach my target, i am not at all concerned about achieving my goal of 41 new experiences. in fact, i have had to judiciously pick and choose which projects “qualify” for the remaining precious few spots.
what i am all hot and bothered about is this:
what exactly am i going to do for the third round of the kikiproject?
you don’t know how many walks, quiet pockets of time at the storeS, and random moments have been spent brainstorming what to do next year. forthwith is a very rambl-y account of the ideas that have been swirling through my brain…
question: do i want to have a kikiproject, and blog about it?
i love writing, and i totally enjoy the connection with friends, family and blends that blogging permits.
but what to do? if i’m going to have a year-long project, it has to be something about which i am completely jazzed and embrace 110%. it has to be fun, creative, and slightly quirky. the last thing i want is to initiate a project with half-assed enthusiasm, get more and more bored, lose steam, and quit part-way through the year.
question: will i keep blogging every day?
i’m 90% sure that this answer is no. but i like having a blogging schedule. so, do i post an entry mon-wed-fri? the same two days every week? once a week? if i don’t blog every day, will i miss the social aspect of connecting with commenters, daily? but, after (most likely) accomplishing my goal of having a blog post for each calendar day of 2011, i am feeling the need to switch things up.
moving on: my brainwave ideas, thus far:
the glaringly obvious idea: i am a runner, right down into my soul. i will be 42 in january. a marathon is 42 km…do you see where i am going with this? the problem: since day one, i have consciously chosen to keep my blog free of personal running talk. why? i recognize that i am a very competitive person, and i knew when i started blogging that if i recorded workouts for the world to see, i would push myself detrimentally to go further, faster, sooner, quicker. plus, when i get injured (it’s inevitable, all runners get an ache or pain, at some point), i get really down on myself, and i would be incredibly frustrated and depressed if i couldn’t follow through on a training program exactly as i had planned it out. on the flipside, maybe i SHOULD blog “train for a marathon” in order to curb my enthusiasm and to keep myself accountable?? it would be a new direction for the blog…
idea: take a photo of the day every day, for a year. i’ve done this! i did an old-school version from january 9th, 2005 to january 9th, 2006, with a disposable camera:
problem: it’s a repeat project! not on the blog, but in real-life. i want to do something new! photo of the day was super fun, i didn’t miss a day, and i have a treasured chronicle of that one year of my life.
(if i DID choose to repeat this project in a blog-version, i can see myself posting the photo every day, in the evening, with a short write-up).
idea: wear a different tshirt every day for a year. yes, i have enough tshirts to do this. problem: tshirts are not warm. i intensely dislike being cold. a tshirt hidden under layers of fleece is kinda silly and useless.
idea: gain 42 lbs. i could pull a renee zellweger/bridget jones and gain this substantial amount of weight. if my goal in blogging was to quadruple my readership, i betcha this would be the way (weigh?!) to go. it would be an interesting social experiment, and would certainly provide personal growth (pun!). people eat (pun!) this kind of stuff up – look at the popularity of super size me!
idea: give up diet pop for a year. yes, once again, i am enjoying pop – not consuming nearly as much as i used to, at least – and no i didn’t tell you about this, something i feel badly about, given this post. just thinking of embarking upon this idea makes me miserable. but it would be good for me. like eating brussel sprouts. i’ve gone pop-free before, a few times – my record is 13 months, so i know i can do it (and i know i miss it when i do it). but it would be good for me. and it would make my mom happy (you never outgrow wanting to make mom happy, am i not correct?). the only saving grace is that i would tell myself that starting january 9, 2013, i could drink as much pop as i wanted for the rest of my life. and for the duration of the kikiproject, in lieu of pop, i could have as much coffee with stevia as i could tolerate, for the entire year. problem: i just have to get back to liking coffee…[eta: a-ha! since i've already gone 13 months pop-free before, this idea, too, is a repeat project! am i off the hook??!].
idea: should i try to read 42 books? see yesterday’s post – not likely to happen!
idea: i could knit 42 socks (21 unique pairs) for charity. perhaps, but that would mean there’d be no other knitting projects for the year…no knitting for little e and cutie c, no creating imaginative blankets, no last-minute christmas gifting…and this idea bores me already. i am yawning just typing out this proposal…
now, i still have (correction: make that ONLY have – wah!) one month to further internally debate [sorry for the split verb, there] my various options. flash of brilliance, come to me!!
HEEELLLPPPP!!! ideas? suggestions? feedback? i’m
[tangent: i would have sworn that the expression is "i'm wracking my brain..." - in composing today's blog post title, i googled, just to be sure, and all of the sources i checked confirmed that the right spelling is indeed "racking your brain." now i know!].