Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
When I did my 100 days project, I found it really challenging. I’m so impressed that Amber has managed to do this: she wrote exactly 100 words every day for 100 days.
10,000 words, 10 megawords, 100 h-entries of hand-written HTML:
I can’t believe I have written ten thousand words. If I were to read everything out it would take me almost an hour. Yet, one hundred words seems like such a small amount. An amount that only takes a few minutes to write.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Joschi is documenting his commitment to “contribute at least one meaningful commit a day to a public Open Source project or a similar community effort.” So far it’s a really nice mix of coding and face-to-face activities.
Monday, October 5th, 2015
Kyle Halleman completed one hundred days of writing one hundred words. Respect! I know how hard that is.
Have a read from the first entry onwards.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
100 × 100
It feels nice to have 10,000 words written by the end of it even if many of those words were written in haste, without much originality and often without much enthusiasm. There were many evenings when I was already quite tired and then remembered that I had to bash out 100 words. On those occasions, it really felt like a chore, but then, that’s the whole point of the exercise—that you do it every day regardless of how motivated or not you feel on that day.
I missed the daily deadline once. I could make the excuse that it was a really late night of carousing, but I knew in advance that I was going to be out so I could’ve written my 100 words ahead of time—I didn’t.
My exercise of choice wasn’t too arduous. Some of the other Clearlefties picked far more ambitious tasks. Alas, many of them didn’t make it to the finish line, probably because they set their own bar so high. I knew that I wanted to do something that involved writing, and I picked the 100 words constraint simply because it sounded cute.
Lots of people reading my posts thought that 100 words was the upper limit in the same way that 140 characters is the upper limit on Twitter. But for me, the whole point of the exercise was that each post needed to be 100 words exactly. Now I kind of want to write a Twitter client that only lets you post tweets that are exactly 140 characters.
Writing a post that needed to be an exact number of words long was where the challenge lay, but it was also where the reward was found. It was frustrating to have to excise words or even whole sentences just to make the word count fit, but it was also very satisfying when the final post felt like a fully-formed thing.
I realised a few weeks into the project that the piece of software I was writing in (and relying on for an accurate word count) was counting hyphenated phrases as one word. So the phrase “dog-eat-dog world” was counted as two words, not four. I worried that maybe I had already published some posts that were over 100 words long. Later on, I tried to avoid hyphenating, or else I’d add in the hyphens after I had hit the 100 word point. In any case, there may be some discrepancy in the word count between the earlier posts and the later ones.
That’s the thing about an exercise that involves writing exactly 100 words; it leads to existential questions like “what is a word anyway?”
Some of the posts made heavy use of hyperlinks. I wondered whether this was cheating. But then I decided that, given the medium I was publishing on, it would be weird not to have any hyperlinks. And the pieces still stand on their own if you don’t follow any of the links.
Most of the posts used observations from that day for their subject matter—diary-like slices of life. But occasionally I’d put down some wider thought—like days 15, 73, 81, or 98. Still, I suspect it’s the slice-of-life daily updates that will be most interesting to read back on in years to come.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
100 words 100
Writing, editing, films, sandwich, atemporality, troll, mudshark, poetry, mandolin, falsehoods, transatlantic, wedding, secrets, phone, notifications, Dao, seamless, sparks, Dean, Isaac, Sunday, space, launch, beach, free, travel, speaking, history, inverse, reading, Spring, pow-wow, toggle, gentrification, web, bliss, Atanasoff, feast, components, CERN, intern, app, typography, books, late, Lusitania, ramen, indie, webmention, conference, conditions, spying, collaboration, Spacewar, correction, photograph, workshop, tools, trains, Greenwich, rehearsal, pride, birthday, ally, power, quiz, scale, Sophie, naming, Jeffrey, meetings, Interstellar, future, guests, practice, market, games, extended, dogs, decade, host, iPad, Cobh, tourist, Brighton, fecund, growth, tomorrow, special, comedown, solstice, weather, Codebar, animation, dConstruct, quieter, Edge, gas, exactly, done.
Monday, June 29th, 2015
100 words 099
This is the penultimate post in my 100 days project.
I’ve had quite a few people tell me how much they’re enjoying reading my hundred word posts. I thank them. Then I check: “You know they’re exactly 100 words long, right?”
“Really?” they respond. “I didn’t realise!”
“But that’s the whole point!” I say. The clue is in the name. It’s not around 100 words—it’s exactly 100 words every day for 100 days.
That’s the real challenge: not just the writing, but the editing, rearranging, and condensing.
After all, it’s not as if I can just stop in the
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
Two-thirds of the way through our 100 days project, Batesy takes stock of his journey so far.
(I should probably mention that I love each and every one of the pieces of hand lettering that he’s done …talented bastard.)
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
You might want to keep an eye on what the Clearlefties are doing here for the next hundred days.
One down, 99 to go.