JD (jdbracknell) wrote,

100 Things, because our f-page needs YOU!

I've seen various mumblings lately about LJ being quiet, and although many comms seem more active than ever, when it comes to personal entries, a lot of the bloggers I used to read here have left for pastures with word counts leaner. Whether your kink is bondage or baking, Tumblr is great for picture porn, and there's definitely a place for film reviews that read:
Saw #thehungergames. Not as good as book. @lennykravitz, marry me?

But the thing that drew me to LJ was the words, the abundance of words, the LJers who would wax - and not just poetically, but informatively, knowledgeably, and passionately - about their specialist subject, be it film, books, sex, art, equality, that darn boy wizard, design, music, or novelty cupcakes. I've been as guilty as anyone of slipping into the habit of not providing much actual content here - aside from the odd Hipsta pic of my cats doing something stupid - so I throw down a challenge to myself and anyone who wants to play: Blog 100 Things, right here on LJ. (you're also more than welcome to play on DW/Wordpress/any other blogging platform if you'd like to, but if you want to use a banner, you'll need to recode it)

How's this work, then?

1. Pick a Thing.

2. Commit to blog about it 100 times.

3. Your 100 Things can be as personal or impersonal as you like. You can compile your own Best Of list, use someone else's as a basis (e.g. Rolling Stone's Top 500 albums of all time or Film Stage's Top 100 films of the decade), talk about something you're passionate about in 100 pieces, catalogue 100 days, or even ask your flist 100 probing questions. You can interpret 100 Things any way you like, but here are some examples to give you an idea of what you could do:

100 Recipes I've Never Tried Before & Other Kitchen Disasters
100 Of The Best & Worst Pop Videos In The World... Ever!
100 Things I Wish I'd Known At 15
100 Awesome/Awful Sporting Moments
100 Books Everyone Should Read
100 Songs By The Rolling Stones: Discography Discussed
100 Films I Endured Subtitles For, Were They Worth It?
100 Places I've Hung My Hat
100 Moments When Ordinary People Changed My/The World
100 Things I Overheard
100 Fics I Really Loved
100 Brilliant Goals
100 Pics of Abandoned Buildings
100 Philosophy Quotes & Their Every Day Application
100 Things I Bought In Thrift Stores & How I Restored Them
100 Inspiring People
100 Cult TV Things
100 Rooms I Wish Were Mine
100 Lessons Life Taught Me This Year

Need more ideas? Check out this post by springinstep!

4. 100 entries?! That's a lot! Yes, it is. That's why it's called 'a challenge' and not 'something to piss about with for five minutes'. Frightened you don't know enough about any one Thing or will get bored?

- mix and match with something like '100 Books, Songs, Films, and TV Shows I Have Loved'

- alternatively, you can break your 100 Things down into subcategories. For example, if you pick Cult TV Things, you can make 10 entries about Buffyisms, 10 about Firefly, whittle down the top 10 Star Trek episodes, post about 10 TV shows that are so cult your flist will never have heard of them, pick 10 kisses, choose your favourite 10 characters etc.. Likewise, you could break a fic 100 Things down by pairing and fandom, or Awesome European Films could break down to 33 Spanish films, 33 French films, 33 Italian, and Flemish-speaking Belgium's cinematic masterpiece. Like that, 100 breaks down pretty quickly into chunks, but the point is to challenge yourself - and it'll hopefully give you something to post about when you can't think what else to post about (and save your cat from Vogueing).

5. The idea is to generate content that's considered, fun, focused, and interesting, and to make 100 entries featuring 1 Thing each. If you/your flist really, really can't face that, you can bundle your 100 Things into packages (50 entries of 2 contrasting Things - 1 book I love, 1 that I never finished, 25 entries of 4 similar Things etc.). The minimum number of entries you need to commit to making in order to take part is 10 (10 Things each).

6. There is no deadline for this challenge. You can sign-up at any time, and post completely and utterly at your own pace. Zip through them in a few months by all means, but if you can only post once a week and it takes you two years to finish your 100 Things, that's fine, and if you end up posting randomly and not finishing this decade, it still counts.

7. Number your entries in some way so you know when you're done, and tag them with something like '100 Things' or 'one hundred things'.

8. When you make your first entry, leave a comment here to sign up with your chosen subject matter, the tag URL for your entries, and a note about if you're willing to add people so they can read your entries. I will compile all the entries for the challenge into an index. I (and others) have had endless issues with links for LJ tags breaking, so I'm going to recommend that you come back every now and then and refer to your entry on the sign-up page and check your link still works. If it breaks, drop me a line with the new link and I'll fix it asap.

9. When you finish your 100th Thing, go here and say so. The first 10 people to finish get a shiny prize!

10. You're welcome to a banner to announce your participation and entice your flist to join in:

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

11. This challenge is open to absolutely everyone - don't be shy about signing up, even if you came here via a link, you've never seen me around, and don't know anyone else who's taking part. Any questions, you can leave them here or PM me. I don't bite.

12. Lastly - but most importantly - have fun with this, don't stress about it, and I don't want to hear any 'I would take part but I don't have 10 Things to say, let alone 100'. You do. You really, really do. Sign-up and attempt to prove me wrong, if you want, and we'll talk about who was right when you're posting Thing 58 ♥.

Who’s with me?! For the record, I will be posting: 100 Songs That Taught Me Everything I Know. Be afraid, be very afraid.


! I have moved this whole thing to a comm: 100things_index

If you have a question/problem etc, please leave it here, where you can also sign up. Please DO NOT leave sign ups and links here in this post. I'm unable to collect and collate them and add them to the index if you don't leave them in the correct place.

I know I have a lot of unanswered comments here, and right now I've just spent 8 hours coding on top of flu, so I'm going go and fall face first into a medicinal red wine... and then I will do my best to answer anything pressing. Thank you for bearing with me ♥.
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