I’m at the tail end of the 100 Day Challenge. In fact I’m both at the tail and the end because this is my 100/100th post.
So this morning, I was watching my Left Brain and Right Brain trying to have a decent conversation about the experience. They called in some media guy, they called me too, but we both declined to join them instead pulling chairs, to listen to them talk:
Left Brain [L.B]: So tell me, how did the 100 day challenge begin?
Right Brain [R.B]: [Clears throat] It all started with the questions. ‘Why do some people succeed and others fail? Is there a single quality that if everyone possessed, they would be successful? Consistency came shouting out loud. So I challenged myself to be consistent at something. Fortunately a few other people came on board, it couldn’t have happened without them. Journeying alone is so difficult!
L.B What 3 posts have been read most?
R.B: Somehow it’s posts about real people . . . probably a pointer to the kind of writing I should do? [gazes at roof contemplatively]
- First it was something on Rehema, my friend’s sister who passed on. Although I’d never met her, it hurt me so badly and I wrote some thoughts down. A couple of hundreds flocked to read it, and then some hundreds more each day. I could feel the blog tremble. It scared me.
- This one on Idd Salim got some crazy views too, and it did exactly what it was meant to do > dare B.A.K.E to launch a website in his honor, and although they grafted my post to make the website, it looks more like it was just a P.R stunt during his memorial. At this point I’m not sure anyone’s interested in making his content live again
- The last man standing made it to that list too. Salute.
- Wait, this one too about how I was beat up. Imagine, people enjoyed reading about being beaten up
L.B Is there a post you felt didn’t get the attention it deserved?
R.B: Haha, certainly the life and times of a blogger. An easy going post that I thought would grow wings and fly!
L.B: Are there any pieces that surprised you?
R.B: Oh yeah, certainly those fictional ones which traveled across blogs. Members of the challenge had a way to simmer them in genius.
L.B: How has this journey impacted you?
R.B It’s made me know that I can start something and complete it. It’s improved the quality and speed of my writing, which has gone to boost my career as a humanitarian writer. Again, reading masterpieces by bloggers everyday, has not only given me exposure on a wide array of subjects, but also contributed to improve my writing
L.B: Biggest lessons you learnt?
When you commit to something, never give yourself an excuse to miss it even once. Because when you do, it will be easier to abscond a second time, and yet another. You can do ett!
L.B Any advice to someone just starting out?
R.B Pick your pace. One post everyday for 100 days is hectic; even feels like a chore on certain points. But it’s very much possible. If possible pick a few fields of interest/ specialize in your area of passion. In case you lapse, keep getting back up. This is a journey between you and your old self, no one else is involved. Keep on.
L.B Any crazy surprises along the way?
R.B I was roaming online when I stumbled on another Edwin Kuria who has linked his profile to my blog! Keeps commenting on other blogs. Man, I hope he never does something crazy.
L.B Retirement plans
R.B We’ll cross that bridge when we get there
L.B But you’ve already crossed!
Haha, we’ll see. .