December 01, 2007

A New Thing a Day

Writing about web page http://newthingaday.co.uk

In recent weeks, I've come to two conclusions- firstly, my life is boring, and secondly, I'm not doing any where near enough writing.

So, what to do? In an effort to make my life more interesting, I've decided that for the whole of 2008, I'm going to be trying one new thing a day. In an effort to force myself to do more writing, I've shelled out for a website in which I'll be recording my year of what I'm sure is going to turn out to be nothing but humiliation and awkwardness in the face of new and exciting experiences. The solution to both of my problems can be found at (or, once I find someone with enough webmonkey knowledge to help me sort out what I need, will be able to be found at) www.newthingaday.co.uk.

Unfortunately, coming up with a list of 366 anythings is quite difficult, let alone a list of 366 anythings that might be worth doing, non-fatal, and (ideally) relatively entertaining to read or write about. I got to about fourteen, and then found myself completely and utterly stumped.

Basically, then, what I'm asking for is help in coming up with ideas for things to try. They don't have to be big- truth be told, I'd prefer they were small, simple things that aren't expensive and don't take too long, and hence won't interfere too badly with this 'real life' thing that I've been enrolled in- but I'll take anything, no matter how stupid it seems.

Suggestions in the comments, if you'd be so kind, and wish me luck.

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  1. sketch/paint something in public, sing on a stage, ring a stranger’s doorbell with some excuse (you could pretend you’re polling, or maybe you could just ask them how their day was), poll people, give away a random small gift to somebody on the street, go out dressed in a bin bag, cook a complicated meal, play in a park like you were 5, leave a note pinned to a bus stop when nobody’s looking, learn a few phrases in different languages, study nonstop during an entire saturday, read new books, get involved in a protest, listen to new music, download the first episode of a show you’ve never watched before, hand-craft christmas presents, do a new workout, completely alter the shops you rely on (replacing tesco w a green grocer for example), read a lecturer’s work and ask them about it, click on websites to make free donations, learn a new word (you could do that every day), learn a new joke (ditto), wear a sign saying INFORMATION and hand out free maps, memorize some geography, plan your future, clean your entire house, have a 5 minute conversation with a randomly chosen person on the piazza, join a new society, invent a game, try to figure out what your 10 year old self would write about who you are now, enter a competition, get a tattoo, preferably across your forehead, saying “I Have No Imagination, I Could Only Come Up With 14 Things, Isn’t That Pretty Sad?” etc.

    01 Dec 2007, 20:00

  2. Unfortunately, I’ve done most of those, and most of the others aren’t really the kind of thing that anyone would want to read about. It’s not a lack of imagination but a sense of practicality, and the fact that I’m limited by the fact that I have to do one every day. 366 variations on ‘try an extreme sport’ is esy to think of, but would be a bitch on wheels to carry out.

    04 Dec 2007, 21:08


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