35. Five weeks.


One month down. I am busy doing a hundred posts in a hundred days, and I have discovered something quite interesting, in an “Oops!” kind of way. I am not alone. Writing a hundred posts in a hundred days is about as interesting and challenging as being left handed. And about as worthy of applause.

Since I started doing this, I’ve been looking at a lot more blogs. Not many people have the courage to undertake a hundred posts in a hundred days. Because they are all a little busy doing 365 posts in a year. Oh, well. The other part of my challenge is far more impressive. 60 000 views in a hundred days. Now that really is something to write home about. Almost no-one does that.

Geez, this working out thing is tough, hey guys? Guys?

Geez, this working out thing is tough, hey guys? Guys?

Especially not me. I seem to have settled on getting precisely half of that. But that’s OK. The numbers are just a game to play, an arbitrary measure like the high score on a computer game. Well, last month I got my high score. It was a pleasingly round number, too. 10 000. Which is a mere 10 000 less than I was aiming for, but no matter. If I’m going to fail, it pleases me greatly to fail in round numbers.

I’ve been enjoying myself more, too, since I stopped writing about politics and started writing about things that I find more fun. If you are 25 and reading this blog for the first time, bear in mind that I am forty, and I am allowed to have fun doing things that will make you fall asleep. I found an owl in my garden the other day, and it filled me with more adrenalin than bungee jumping with a severe hangover did twenty years ago.

This is nothing! Last week I found a turtle in my fishpond!

This is nothing! Last week I found a turtle in my fishpond!

I also wrote about a tree. Yeehah! I’m extreme like that! I can practically hear everyone under the age of 30 stampeding for the exit. I also did religion, Bieber, giant tortoises and a recipe. I just looked over that list and good God do I sound like an exciting person. You need a seatbelt and a tranquiliser to read this blog. Recipes! Tortoises! Trees! It’s all happening, right here! And you guys have a front row seat.

Anyhow. Onward and upward. I have no idea what I’ll do this week, but I’m sure something will come up. I hope to see you there. And thank you to those who have been following; looking back over those topics, it couldn’t have been easy. I’m not really sure with this whole democracy thing, but I am nothing if not bloody minded, so here you go. Cheers!

48 thoughts on “35. Five weeks.

  1. Nylabluesmum says:

    I think you are bloody brilliant for attempting such a feat!!! I ahve been AWOL for weeks now & will be slowly sifting thru all your blogs…(I will probably bore you with my replies, lol).
    I love your naked bungee jumping pic (I know it is npt you or is it???)
    I say bring on the giant tortoises!!! I LOVE tortoises…..

  2. Max Shields says:

    I must be getting old, because this is thrilling!

    I tip my hat to you, dear sir, since I get giddy when I get ten views in a day.

    Keep up the great work!

  3. Hey, I’m trying to get 100 hours of sleep in 100 days. Wish me luck!

  4. The only time your posts would render me unconscious is if I was laughing so hard I fell off the couch and belted my head into something hard. So far, touch wood, the falling off the couch thing hasn’t happened… Yet. The laughing uproariously happens with frequency though. Keep on writing just the way you already are. I might be under 35 but I find your posts rivetting. 🙂
    And yes, the comments are oft times just as entertaining. 🙂

  5. mariekeates says:

    I am one if those 365 day a year weirdos you mention. Just can’t help myself. I have to say though I don’t have nearly as many views as you or comments so you must be doing something right. Perhaps I should be posting less, treat me mean to keep me keen lol 🙂

  6. j226 says:

    I totally can relate to your FIND……considering I’ve been finding alot of country creatures and of course blogging about it!! hahaha….Your blog is very entertaining, keep it up!! 🙂

  7. southerndreamer says:

    You had 10k views? Wow! I am now a sad little blogger.

  8. Hope says:

    I love that little nugget of truth hidden in your humor- I have a lot more fun when I write about things that are, well, fun instead of the heavy issues I think I *should* be focusing on. Letting go and having fun, that’s the real challenge here (though 100 posts in 100 days is as well, no matter how many people are doing it).

  9. Thank you! I was actually thinking about this today and couldn’t find the right way to express it. Excitement changes. Keep being intense and thanks again!

  10. Linne says:

    I’m not sure which makes me laugh more; you or your commenters . . . If you do a book, you’ll have to include the comments, for sure. Love the photo of you skydiving; now do it again, minus the ‘buddy’ . . . 😉

  11. Lyn says:

    I’m 65 and love living on the edge with your blog. it’s okay though, ‘cos I keep my oxygen tank handy. My dog is trained to go for help if I fall off my rocker… I mean if I fall out of my recliner. So keep right on, writing on Mr 23Thorns. Your commenters are also very entertaining. Especially Narf77 😀

  12. menomama3 says:

    I LOL so hard when reading your posts, that I clutch the desk with both hands and turn crimson from lack of breath. I figure if I’m going to have a coronary from reading, you’re as good as it gets. Can’t wait until you write about grass growing as opposed to weed growing.

  13. My teenage stepson would be VERY VERY excited if the owl in the garden thing happened to us.
    Though you’re right, probably not by reading your blog post. Because, you know, he doesn’t really read.

    • 23thorns says:

      Imply to him that you are not going to read my blog any more because I keep including links to free porn sites in my posts. He will read it from start to finish. Comments included.

  14. sisteranan says:

    Say what you like, politics needs more humor. SA politics and your humor, in particular. Too hard? It’s easy to be a comedian when you have the whole gov’t working for you, innit?

    As for blog hits, i have seven blogs and actually got one hit the other day. I think it was you. So thank you very much; i will be revisiting 23thorns every 15 minutes until you reach your goal.

  15. Have you ever thought about creating a few e-books using the top posts in your highest rated categories? Like a book of essays? I remember reading that at one point you wanted to write a book, maybe you already have. There are a number of sites where you can sell e-books, so it might be profitable as well. I would definitely read them!

  16. Wait….writing about trees,crafting, and recipes isn’t exciting?

    Gosh. There goes my post about the blue-tailed lizard I found in the compost pile today.


    • 23thorns says:

      It is for me (A skink! I bet it’s a skink!), but I am middle aged. If you want to sell it to the twenty-year-olds you’re going to have to spice it up. Get SOKAN to knit it a tiny jersey, and see if it will eat any couscous.

  17. I’ll get back and around when I can, you don’t EVEN want to know about life here! But, go for it.Life is too short to hold back;I have not followed, (and probably am not following), that advice, but, write away!

  18. Leo says:

    I think your blogs are quite awesome and entertaining. I do at least one blog a day but I do it for myself, so the fact that I don`t get many comments doesn`t worry me. On one of my sites on iblog I have 1165735 hits but only about 1500 comments. This site has “likes” but they are really hits as you get no feedback.It seems most people use social networks and twitter which are really just like texting as you can`t say very much.

  19. dste says:

    I’m under 35, and I thought your post about the tree was very enjoyable. 🙂

  20. Jocelyn Hers says:

    Bungee jumping with a hangover? Either it cured you instantaneously or those watching were deeply grateful they weren’t directly underneath you.
    Owls can be more injurious than bungee jumping – at least jumping is supervised & has safety standards…

  21. James Corner says:

    You youngsters, so full of yourselves. I’m pushing sixty and I can put forty-year-olds to sleep never mind twenty-five-year olds. Heavens above, I even put myself to sleep if I try to write in the mid-afternoon. So bring it on. Thirty five down, sixty five to go. 🙂

    • 23thorns says:

      You have become a force for evil. Putting people in their forties to sleep deprives the world of the company of a generation in their prime. Twenty-five-year olds, however, and vastly more appealing when they are asleep.

  22. Ashana M says:

    I want more giant tortoises.

  23. That photo up there? Can we get more of those?

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