100 More days

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This is my 265th blog post. Just 100 more days and I will have completed a blog post everyday for an entire year. It has been easier to do than I thought it would be, but way less fulfilling than I imagined it to be.

In the first few months, I worried about what it would be like to write on days where I had a lot of freelance work to do or on days where I didn’t want to write. I imagined life would get in the way a little more than it has. I still have a long way to go. I am not ready to celebrate just yet, but the last hundred days felt worth commenting on.

As of right now, the plan to pull the whole thing down remains in place. I’m going to dump all entires into a PDF and sit on it for a while. A few months ago I was pretty stoked about the possibility of publishing a Kindle book of the collected advice column, but I really don’t think I’m going to go forward with that. The work just isn’t that good. Unless you know me and enjoy talking to me anyway, there just isn’t any reason for that to exist. No one reads it for free, so why offer it for sale?

While the above probably sounds like a bunch of sad bastard nonsense, it really isn’t. Mrs. Lott and I are purging our already empty loft of clutter and when you do that sort of thing, you begin to think about non-physical clutter. This could be emails you’ve hoarded or bad habits you’ve picked up. The point of getting rid of the junk in your life is that you have more time, space and energy for other thing you enjoy doing more. Things that bring you happiness. This blog does not bring me happiness.

The podcast I’ve been doing with my friend Marc, Scary Thoughts, is where my energy will go when this blog is finished. That project is so much fun to do and people really seem to enjoy it. And I’m actually happy with it. A lot of the writing in this blog project has been mediocre and the good writing has been angry. That’s not what I want to be. That’s not what I want to put out into the world. The voice I have on the show is the voice I am interested in.

If you asked me if this blog was any good, I don’t know what I’d say. If you asked the same about the podcast I’d say “hell yes it’s good.” That right there is a great metric.

All the above said, I’m going to finish the last 100 days strong. The content is going to be uplifting and positive. Tomorrow we’ll have a new president here in America and possibly legal weed in California. A lot of people are going to be unhappy tomorrow. I’m going to do my best to not be one of them.

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