Yesterday was not only a milestone for my marriage (36 F***ing Great Years), but for my blog as well.
I started this blog on January 1, 2015, and have posted something every day since. That means yesterday’s post was number 1,000.
So pardon me for a little trip down memory lane.
Here’s what I wrote when I reached number 500:
This all started back on January 1, 2015 in response to a 31-day write and run challenge from Matt Frazier followed by a Seth Godin blogging challenge. Back then my goal was to get to the end of January, but then once that happened, I realized I enjoyed the daily discipline of writing something, anything. Admittedly, some days were, and still are, tougher than others to think of something to write about. Then I set my goal for 100 consecutive days of posting, and once I hit that goal I figured I would just keep doing it.
And so here I am. I’m sure if someone had asked me when I first started blogging if I thought I could publish something for 1,000 straight days, I would have said that was impossible.
After all, here’s the sort of things I was writing to my blog during that 31 day challenge:
I know it’s only been two weeks, so it’s not much of a sample size, but I continue to struggle with things to write about.
and then later in that same blog I wrote about my plan for how to come up with ideas for my posts:
I am going to try to be a better witness to the daily events that surround me, from the routine to the ridiculous, and from the outrageous to the heartwarming. (And that most certainly has been the case.)
And here’s an excerpt from a blog post during my first week of blogging:
My writing process for this 31 day challenge has been to just sit in front of the computer and stare at a blank screen, and hope that something to write about magically comes to me.
As you can see, it was hard coming up with something to write about during those first 31 days, so thinking I could come up with something for 1,000 days would have seemed crazy.
But to paraphrase the picture at the top of this post, a journey of 1,000 blog posts begins with a single post. Or as Seth Godin might say, drip, drip, drip.
But what has kept me going are the readers of the blog and fellow bloggers.
And so just like my very first post was about gratitude, I thought it would be appropriate to share my gratitude again.
I owe a great deal of thanks to my wife, who has read EVERY. SINGLE. POST. (yes, it is as painful as it sounds), and has helped make each blog post better. I also want to thank my three sons who offered their encouragement since the beginning. I also want to thank my Aunt, who also seems to have read everything I wrote. It has also been nice to hear from many friends, neighbors, and relatives, especially those whom I have not heard from in a long time (40 plus years in some cases).
I also want to thank David Kanigan, Seth Godin, and Fred Wilson. I’ve never met these three guys, but they are also committed to blogging on a daily basis, and thus provide a great deal of inspiration to me.
Seth Godin has been blogging almost every day since January 2002.
Fred Wilson has posted to his blog every day since September 23, 2003.
David Kanigan has been posting nearly every day since October 2011.
That’s a lot of blogging. And a lot of motivation. And not to mention great sources of ideas for a blog post (or two).
And for those of you who like to plan ahead, mark your calendars for June 22, 2020. That’s the day I reach number 2,000.