Update: I have finished my year of month-long social experiments (read my 366th post here for a recap of what I went through and what I learned), but I am still blogging periodically about the process of writing the book, my life and other fun facts about the topics I covered.
What is threehundredsixtysixdays?
threehundredsixtysixdays is a year of my life I am devoting to month-long intensive experiments, in which I will research each topic and write about my personal journey. At the end of this year, I plan to combine my research with my experiences and publish a book with my findings. The topics I have chosen to explore are very different, but all have some sort of cultural or social significance and are a challenge for me. My plan for the next twelve months is as follows:
MARCH 2011 – Extreme Couponing
APRIL 2011 – 30 Days of Art
MAY 2011 – 31 Days, 31 Dates
JUNE 2011 – Cooking 30 Countries
JULY 2011 – Only Online Purchases
AUGUST 2011 – Out of My Comfort Zone
SEPTEMBER 2011 – 31 First Kiss Interviews
OCTOBER 2011 – Vegan for the Month
NOVEMBER 2011 – 30 Holiday Celebrations
DECEMBER 2011 – Good Deed a Day
JANUARY 2012 – Life at the Poverty Line
FEBRUARY 2012 – Surprise month voted on by you, the reader
Each topic will either be me immersing myself in a lifestyle (Vegan for the Month, Life at the Poverty Line) or doing a modification on the topic each day for the month (Cooking 30 Countries, 30 Holiday Celebrations, Out of My Comfort Zone). For more details about each topic, please see the “The Months” menu above.
Next year, 2012, is a leap year. My experiment finishes on February 29, 2012 – the three-hundred-and-sixty-sixth day of the year.
Who am I?
I am a 31 year-old woman living in Toronto, Canada. I work as a server to pay the bills in an Irish pub where I wear a kilt and serve a lot of beer and nachos. I write as my passion and sometimes for a little money or free tickets. I’m hoping one day my writing could help pay a bill or two. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Graduate Diploma in Journalism. Hence, a lot of my published articles are more about theatre than anything else. Here are links to a couple of my favourite pieces that are published on the web:
Soul Circle Mentors: Is making friends with wealthy people part of being a theatre artist?
Women making and attending theatre up. Women in charge of theatre still down.
“What happened to ‘Hear Me Roar’?” Part 1
“What happened to ‘Hear Me Roar’?” Part 2
From Upstart regarding my Home Cooking blog:
Stewing over home cooking
How did I get here?
Last year I spent a month eating only home-cooked food and wrote about it. I went from being someone who was not feeling well, rarely ate at home, and didn’t know how to bake a chicken breast, to a competent healthier cook. I had a few followers who really enjoyed reading my blog and have encouraged me to keep writing and to do something more with my ideas. With the success of writers like A.J. Jacobs (My Life as an Experiment, The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-It-All) and Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) among other writers, now is a perfect time to do it.
The idea to do a year-long series of month-long experiments has developed over a period of time with help and encouragement from many friends, family and random strangers at parties. Through a process of brainstorming and weeding out the not-so-feasible ideas (my brother suggested I become an alcoholic for a month, and a couple of friends were really keen on me interviewing for thirty jobs that I’m not qualified for), I have refined the concept to what is now threehundredsixtysixdays. I undertake this experiment partly to learn, partly to share, and partly to keep me writing every day.
Thank you for joining me on this journey,