Day 30: This Is My 300th Post

My 300th post.
My 300th post.

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s challenge is to sit back and relax. To look back what you’ve done in the last thirty days and make a plan for the next thirty. Accidentally, this post is precisely my 300th. Yet another reason for reflection. I hate the sentimental slant of reflection, so I’ll skip right to the part when you start with self-praise and end in self-depreciation. I love that one.

I can’t help being amazed by my excellent and perfectly useless blogosphere skills. On its own, it is very nice that I’m an advanced WordPress user, including some html code scribbling. In a larger context, I wish I applied myself so vigorously to house chores, study and work. That would be too nice, though. I can’t go on, I’ll go on. And I’m off to do the dishes.

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Day 29: Organise and Organise More

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s task is to draft an editorial calendar. To a person who organises everything (I mean everything) in her life, it would be more of a challenge not to have an editorial calendar already.

I’m immodestly proud of having published each of my Project 365 photos precisely at midnight of each day. I ridiculously insist on publishing all other posts on the hour because irregular numbers make me cringe (prime numbers are the worst). This is all the more hysterical when considering that my current blog theme does not show the hour when a post was published (!).

My editorial calendar follows the goal of publishing post a day plus an additional feature post for three days of the week. There is the Monday haiku, the Wednesday quote and the Saturday cat picture. That’s about as much as I can manage without either cloning myself or going crazy. I’ve already lost some life by blogging. I’d hate to lose even more of it, in case I need it later.

Day 28: Spreading Silliness

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s task is to obsess about stats. I’m good at it because that’s what I do. I usually stare at the stats with no particular purpose on mind, but today I’m supposed to analyse the results with the purpose of finding out what my most popular content is.

Unsurprisingly, my most popular type of content is content. That is, posts where I actually manage to write more than a single simple sentence. I can’t see what the fuss about people not reading is about. Surely they don’t click the article for the purpose of not reading it?

Encouraged in my silliness, I produced another would-be humorous column. In so far as hating on winter can be humorous. I don’t mind so much the winter as rather the fact that I’m gradually dying of exposure. Cherish my words, for I may not survive till spring.

Day 27: Revisiting Ghosts

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s homework is to revisit your favourite task so far. Inclining as I am to instruction deconstruction as much as to self-torment, I chose to revisit my least favourite task. That is, putting yourself at the mercy of social networks.

I dodged the original task by setting up a Flickr account and subsequently falling prey to photography addiction. (As if my blogging addiction wasn’t enough of a burden already.) Apparently, Flickr is not considered an actual social network, though.

In today’s retry, I undertook an unprecedented action. That is, setting up a Twitter account. The social media hater that I am, I can hardly believe what I’ve done. Hopefully, Twitter will prove convenient for my occasional outbursts of noteworthy smartness and silliness.

Day 26: An Article It Is

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s task is to develop a draft. This is excellent, as I was hoping for some writing to do. It is also too bad, as I have no drafts to develop. I don’t draft, I either write it or don’t. (Mostly I don’t.) A new draft it is then.

I drafted a slightly shocking stripping story (are you curious?) and a silly cat column. I can’t decide which of the two is less bad to publish. I think neither or both. Both it is then.

What bothers me is that I need to add a new category for articles. I don’t have one because I miraculously managed to blog for half a year without actually writing anything. What bothers me even more is that I need to write content for my new category. Writing it is then.

Day 25: Widget Wizardry

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s homework is to plagiarise. In other words – if I may twist the house decoration metaphor of the assignment – today you should visit your neighbours, make a tour of their house and then get the same garden gnome like they have. If I were the neighbour, I’d be flattered and irritated. Obviously, I’m not the neighbour and apparently, the blogosphere doesn’t view design feature plagiarism as a grave offence.

I make a policy of never stealing anything (in order to avoid being caught). I also found out that whatever design customisation it is that I’d like for my blog, it’s always an integral part of the other blogger’s theme. This makes stealing things, I mean, getting inspired by things, complicated. I believe I completed the task by rearranging my widgets for the 101st time and updating my header for the 202nd time.

If anyone knows when the blog will look passable enough for me to stop fiddling with the design, please tell me. I’m dying to stop fiddling and start blogging.

Day 24: A Share in Sharing

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s task it to read and comment on posts in response to the challenge that you picked the other day. I mean the day when I didn’t pick any challenge but instead stuck with the Weekly Photo prompt and stuck on my home page a sticky post in response to it. As a result of this I’m now stuck.

I’m also insomniac. I can’t sleep because I deliberately deconstructed yesterday’s homework and didn’t promote any fellow bloggers as requested. The ghosts of their unshared posts haunt me. I’ll do my share in the sharing now and please stop nagging me, will you? Go to sleep already, and so will I.

Are you still there? I hope you didn’t go to bed because I wasn’t talking to you but to the ghosts. I’m talking to you now. (No, it’s not complicated at all, and yes, I haven’t slept properly for some time now.) Here I pass on my recent blog discoveries that made searching for new reads worthwhile to me.

  • RED 365: a talented visionary’s photo project.
  • Da Dork: a perfect harmony of form and content.
  • FireBonnet: the happiest and best-designed blog.

Day 23: Alternative Kudos Giveaway

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s task is to put together a roundup of my favourite posts. This is what I meant to do with entire blogs rather than posts and I’m quite positive that I will do it soon enough. But today is one of the days when I don’t feel like following the prompt to the letter. It’s so awfully mainstream.

This is therefore an act of wilful defiance of given instructions and the result of a deliberate decision not to compile a list of my three favourite posts but a list of my three favourite non-mainstream (more or less) utilities that I suggest trying instead of their more popular alternatives.

  • If you want to keep in touch, instead of Facebook, try Skype. Unlike on Facebook, on Skype you don’t have to type smiley faces because you make them right on your web camera.
  • If you want to photograph, instead of Instagram, try Flickr. Unlike Instagram, Flickr won’t put instant filters on your snaps, so you’ll actually feel like you’re making some artistic effort.
  • If you want to post-edit pictures, instead of Adobe Photoshop, try Corel Paintshop. It’s like Adobe, but five times cheaper. That would be reason enough, but it’s also five times prettier.

For more unwanted advice, contact me via pigeon post. See, I’m all for non-mainstream alternatives.

Day 22: The Challenge of a Challenge

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s challenge is to join a challenge. Specifically, a blogging event. Does Zero to Hero count? I’ve already joined! I also take part in WordPress Daily and Weekly Challenges whenever I’m inclined this way (that is, when my work schedule is inclined). I’m not sure how many more duplicates of myself I would need so as to be able to join yet another challenge. (I just challenged myself to try and do the math. After careful consideration, I decided I would need a dozen of these please and thank you.)

Before the cloning of extra smart individuals (such as me) is allowed (was that a chuckle?), I fed myself an extra-large chocolate bar for sustenance and immersed in my archives. When I resurfaced, the count was minus one chocolate bar plus one rediscovered photo. This equals my response to the current Weekly Photo Challenge on the subject of juxtaposition. I’m juxtaposing chocolate and photography, just in case you were wondering. Also sky and wire, in case you were still wondering.

Day 21: Moss in Time

Part of series From Scratch to Super(Wo)man: My Take on the Zero-to-Hero Challenge

Today’s challenge is to elaborate on the new-to-me-format post published earlier. What I published was a gallery. How do you elaborate on a gallery? Add a new wing? Not being a bug (though those whom I bug might disagree), I have no wings to spare. Therefore I’m presenting an authoritative comment on my mock-epic photography-triptych Moss in Time (see below).

This artwork has no concept and no idea behind it. It came to being when I accidentally clicked to arrange my photos in folder by subject. I discovered that I’ve been shooting the same patch of moss over again. I’m not a great fan of moss, but my environment is desperately unphotogenic. That’s how me, a lover of city and civilisation, ended up with documenting a patch of moss in her yard.