Anyone who knows me even just a little bit has probably already figured out that I tend to get a little obsessed about certain things: And writing and creating stuff have always ranked fairly high in that list.
I’ve spent the last couple of years poking away at various projects that have (with that intention) tried to induce me to write more frequently. It is honestly just an unquenchable thirst that I can’t really explain any other way than to say — everyone is compelled by something, and for me: words.
I type therefore I am.
And the latest incarnation of this is a little weird. Not wanting to get too eager about promoting prior to at least getting a running start at the effort, I’ve been mum on the subject for the last month. But here’s the thing: I took on a massive writing project for 2015. Massive. Crazy. And slightly weird.
I’ve been writing short random essays… every day. One per day. Or, at least, writing one FOR posting every day as finding a free hour every day is tough, I’ve been sitting down and writing 2 or 3 every couple of days and then trickling them out the door on a schedule. Essays: minimum 300 words, to about a 1K word maximum.
But wait, there’s more.
So, you’re thinking: what kind of drivel is he writing now? Well, that’s the kicker. It’s completely randomized. Back in December I built out a massive (numbered) list of 100 topics. And then, yes, completely randomly I pick two of those topics, mash them together, and then write a little essay on the topic that emerges from two completely unrelated ideas.
It was an odd sort of experiment, but (and it surprised even me that) it seems to be working… inspiring even. Oddly, so and producing some crazy topics that I never would have written about without the effort.
So why am I mentioning this now? Well, since (as I mentioned I’m writing these things a day or so in advance) I completed my writing for January, the first month completely done (over fifteen thousand words) I thought I’d start getting even a little more aggressive in promoting it.
And there’s the part where it gets even stranger (you knew that was coming, right?) I started another completely different blog to post all this drivel into, tied it into a brand new social media account, and I’ve been running a bit of a secondary experiment with the gush of content I’ve been producing. Some cynical few might call it a kind of marketing/SEO/click-baiting scheme, but I prefer to think of it as leveraging REAL content into a curious effort to see if I can start generating enough revenue to start paying for all my internet and hosting costs. (And FYI, one month worth of content into this experiment and I can tell you I’m close to hitting a break-even on advertising revenue on my hosting/registration costs… One month! So, another surprise!)
It’s a lot of work, but honestly less than you’re probably imagining, especially when you enjoy the effort. Thus the plan, at least until I run out of momentum or creative energy is to continue the daily posts to the new project: GrokZine…the blog-a-zine of ten thousand random mashups of epic proportions.
Yes, I know… weird.