all downhill from here (50/99)

99 Days of Summer Blogging

As of today, summer is halfway over, unofficially — if you consider summer to be from Memorial Day through Labor Day, as I do.  I wish I could say this summer is flying by, but it’s not.  It feels long and difficult and challenging and uncertain. And this is on all levels — personal, political, all of it.  I think a lot of us are feeling similarly, yes?

(Forgive my pessimism.  I started writing this post at 3:30 a.m. today and I am putting the final touches on it after watching the utter travesty of a shitshow that was the Republican National Convention. Which was also the inspiration for the title of today’s post.)

With this midsummer’s mark, my 99 Days of Summer Blogging project has also reached its midpoint.  Granted, I realize this probably doesn’t matter to anyone but me and maybe a handful of bloggers who love this sort of thing, which is fine.

For several reasons, I didn’t think I would last this long with this 99 Days nonsense. I tend to fizzle out early with blogging endeavors like these, so believe me — nobody is more surprised than me to see this still going on Day 50.

It’s been an interesting experiment.  The positive aspects have been that I’m writing more, which is good. And for the most part, it’s new content.  When I started this, I thought it would be a good way to clear out some of the posts in Drafts, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, I’m writing posts that I may have otherwise procrastinated on, had I not been doing this.

I will say that, as of now, I’m not likely to take on another long-term blogging challenge like this anytime soon.  It’s a lot of work to crank out a daily post — which I knew, of course, but it sometimes comes at the sacrifice of other things, like reading. There have been more than a few days when I’ve just wanted to come home from work and read instead of writing a post. And I know, it wouldn’t have mattered if I skipped a day nor would it matter if I gave up altogether right now, but at this point it’s the principle of the thing.

Of these 50 posts, I was curious to see which ones received the most views during this time. Here they are, the Top 10 Most Popular, from most views to least.

Best Books of 2016 …Thus Far (33/99)
This Is the Father’s Day We Almost Didn’t Have

And Then We Practice (39/99)
Weekend Cooking: The Joy of Culinary Arts (6/99)
kicking off 99 days of summer blogging (1/99)
Why I Decided to Delete My Cell Phone Photos (9/99)
love and orlando (14/99)
discombobulated (3/99)
Book Review: Sugar Crush (2/99)
beautiful day (13/99)

Here’s to the next 49 days!