About threehundredsixtysixdays

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.

Why “threehundredsixtysixdays”?

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:

From Praxistheatre.com:
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 Laneway Magazine:
Live: Lightspeed Champion
Theatre: Altar Boyz
Theatre: Red Sky Morning

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,

28 thoughts on “About threehundredsixtysixdays

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  2. PS: When you do your 30 holiday celebrations in November, make sure you do one that is Czech 🙂 You can find out about all of the Czech/Slovak traditions in my “traditions” category.

  3. OK, one more comment. I’m also 31 and Canadian 🙂 But I live in Texas for now with a hubby and two kids. My blog is a way for me to keep cooking at home and sharing ideas with others who cook (or want to). I’ve discovered writing is something enjoyable, almost as stress relief! Do you think this experiment will be repeated with new month topics or are you too fresh off the project to think about it?

    • I totally agree! It’s a great way to unwind, get things off your mind, do something you love, and share it with other like-minded people.

      I’d love to try new monthly topics, but I am pretty fresh off the project to have a clear vision of what that will be. I’m writing the book about this project and during my research I’m hoping more great ideas will come from it and I’ll just run with that. Maybe not as structured as this year has been, maybe a little more fluid. We shall see. I love it, so I have to do something!

  4. Wow, this is absolutely amazing and original! I just discovered your blog – on the very last day of your project/experiment! I haven’t read everything yet but I truly hope you’ve made it and will get your experiments into a book soon!

  5. Wow, I’m sorry I’m this discovering this blog…then again, I can catch up. Very impressive goal(s) you set for yourself. I’m trying to write something every day. Lofty, I know. I look forward to reading more.

  6. I just watched Matt Cutts’ TED talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days.html) proposing the very same idea! While mulling his idea over, I was brainstorming some ways to document my life in 30 day increments, and then there you were, on freshly pressed, already doing just that! Needless to say, I salute your effort and this great idea! How wonderfully fitting that you set out on this endeavor on a leap year! I look forward to exploring your adventures and commitments. Maybe we could one day somehow share a 30 day endeavor and make the blogosphere a bit smaller. Cheers!

    • Ooo, I haven’t watched that, but I will have to. Thanks! That would be great. Any ideas? It would be wonderful to get a group of bloggers together working on a common project!

  7. I discovered your blog sometime late last night, and all I could think was, “This is amazing! Wait, it’s over?!”
    I really admire all the work you have done over the past year not only with this blog, but with changing your daily life as a whole. I can’t wait to start looking through everything! Such an inspiration 🙂

  8. Wow – what an achievement! I like the way you set all the topics out in advance. With my daily blog it’s all about writing tips and it’s pot luck what comes up. I’m on day 325 today – my 366th day is on 30 April 2012 on http://www.mywritingnotebook.com. I was considering doing a series of ebooks when I’m finished. Are you turning yours into a book?
    Great work

    • Thanks Sandra! Some great tips and info on your site, too. I just checked it out. Congrats on getting to day 325. I’m sure yours is as much a labour of love a mine is 🙂

      I’m working on writing the book as we speak. I’ve recently been posting about meeting with an agent and trying to go about the writing and publishing in the traditional way. But e-books are great too and from what I hear there are tons of programs to self-publish that are easy to use!


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