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100 Things, because our f-page needs YOU!

I've seen various mumblings lately about LJ being quiet, and although many comms seem more active than ever, when it comes to personal entries, a lot of the bloggers I used to read here have left for pastures with word counts leaner. Whether your kink is bondage or baking, Tumblr is great for picture porn, and there's definitely a place for film reviews that read:
Saw #thehungergames. Not as good as book. @lennykravitz, marry me?

But the thing that drew me to LJ was the words, the abundance of words, the LJers who would wax - and not just poetically, but informatively, knowledgeably, and passionately - about their specialist subject, be it film, books, sex, art, equality, that darn boy wizard, design, music, or novelty cupcakes. I've been as guilty as anyone of slipping into the habit of not providing much actual content here - aside from the odd Hipsta pic of my cats doing something stupid - so I throw down a challenge to myself and anyone who wants to play: Blog 100 Things, right here on LJ. (you're also more than welcome to play on DW/Wordpress/any other blogging platform if you'd like to, but if you want to use a banner, you'll need to recode it)

How's this work, then?

1. Pick a Thing.

2. Commit to blog about it 100 times.

3. Your 100 Things can be as personal or impersonal as you like. You can compile your own Best Of list, use someone else's as a basis (e.g. Rolling Stone's Top 500 albums of all time or Film Stage's Top 100 films of the decade), talk about something you're passionate about in 100 pieces, catalogue 100 days, or even ask your flist 100 probing questions. You can interpret 100 Things any way you like, but here are some examples to give you an idea of what you could do:

100 Recipes I've Never Tried Before & Other Kitchen Disasters
100 Of The Best & Worst Pop Videos In The World... Ever!
100 Things I Wish I'd Known At 15
100 Awesome/Awful Sporting Moments
100 Books Everyone Should Read
100 Songs By The Rolling Stones: Discography Discussed
100 Films I Endured Subtitles For, Were They Worth It?
100 Places I've Hung My Hat
100 Moments When Ordinary People Changed My/The World
100 Things I Overheard
100 Fics I Really Loved
100 Brilliant Goals
100 Pics of Abandoned Buildings
100 Philosophy Quotes & Their Every Day Application
100 Things I Bought In Thrift Stores & How I Restored Them
100 Inspiring People
100 Cult TV Things
100 Rooms I Wish Were Mine
100 Lessons Life Taught Me This Year

Need more ideas? Check out this post by springinstep!

4. 100 entries?! That's a lot! Yes, it is. That's why it's called 'a challenge' and not 'something to piss about with for five minutes'. Frightened you don't know enough about any one Thing or will get bored?

- mix and match with something like '100 Books, Songs, Films, and TV Shows I Have Loved'

- alternatively, you can break your 100 Things down into subcategories. For example, if you pick Cult TV Things, you can make 10 entries about Buffyisms, 10 about Firefly, whittle down the top 10 Star Trek episodes, post about 10 TV shows that are so cult your flist will never have heard of them, pick 10 kisses, choose your favourite 10 characters etc.. Likewise, you could break a fic 100 Things down by pairing and fandom, or Awesome European Films could break down to 33 Spanish films, 33 French films, 33 Italian, and Flemish-speaking Belgium's cinematic masterpiece. Like that, 100 breaks down pretty quickly into chunks, but the point is to challenge yourself - and it'll hopefully give you something to post about when you can't think what else to post about (and save your cat from Vogueing).

5. The idea is to generate content that's considered, fun, focused, and interesting, and to make 100 entries featuring 1 Thing each. If you/your flist really, really can't face that, you can bundle your 100 Things into packages (50 entries of 2 contrasting Things - 1 book I love, 1 that I never finished, 25 entries of 4 similar Things etc.). The minimum number of entries you need to commit to making in order to take part is 10 (10 Things each).

6. There is no deadline for this challenge. You can sign up at any time, and post completely and utterly at your own pace. Zip through them in a few months by all means, but if you can only post once a week and it takes you two years to finish your 100 Things, that's fine, and if you end up posting randomly and not finishing this decade, it still counts.

7. Number your entries in some way so you know when you're done, and tag them with something like '100 Things' or 'one hundred things'.

8. When you make your first entry, give it a tag like '100 Things' or 'a hundred things'.

9. Save the URL of the tag rather than the entry itself. To do this, click the tag in question, and copy what appears in the nav bar. It should look something like: http://jdbracknell.livejournal.com/tag/my%20flist%20is%20awesome

10. Copy-paste this form into a comment here, and fill it in with the tag URL in the correct place:

Keep the coding mice happy by:

- not coding your link. Just give us the URL.
- don't ramble, especially on the public/flocked and NSFW/triggering questions. We're skimming and extracting info. We don't have time to pick the saliant parts out of 'OMG, IDK...maybe if I talk about that one book I read last year there'll be triggers but I'll warn, pinkie swear...' or 'um, well, I like friends, but my flist is kinda massive, so I'm only adding people if their favourite colour is blue and they fill out this questionaire in my profile'.

NB: I (and others) have had endless issues with links for LJ tags breaking, so I'm going to recommend that you come back every now and then to check your link still works. If it breaks, drop me a line in a comment or a PM with the category you're indexed under, and a new link and I'll fix it asap.

11. When you finish your 100th Thing, go here and say so. The first 10 people get a shiny banner and a place in the hall of fame.

12. Bask in the glory of having done your bit to make LJ the world the whole goddamn universe a better place ♥.

Want a banner?

[grab one and the code here]

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

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{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

Problems, Questions, etc.

If your original sign up was missed, we're sorry. Please leave a new one below and we'll add you asap. If something in your entry in the index is incorrect (a broken link etc), please leave a comment here with a link to your current entry in the index and what the required correction is.

New sign ups FYI

After you've been indexed, your comment will be screened so we can stay on top of what has been catalogued and what hasn't.


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May. 7th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Hello, my name is: Lucy / subtlynice
You can find my entries here: http://subtlynice.livejournal.com/tag/!100%20things%20challenge
I'm writing 100 Things on the subject of: Favourite fictional characters
Entries will be public/flocked: Flocked
Will you be posting anything NSFW or potentially triggering? No
Are you happy to add people so they can read your entries? Happy to add active LJ members
Which index category do you want to be in? People, Both Real & Fictional
May. 8th, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Hi, your tag leads to all flocked entries, so the link turns up the LJ goat. If it's something you want, you can make a public entry saying you're doing the challenge and then that will turn up - and the rest of your entries can be private, no problems.

I'll still code your entry into the list, but I just won't be able to check the link is working because of the flock.
May. 7th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
I've got a question. Does the main content of the entry need to be posted on livejournal? My LJ is mainly for fanfiction (very long fanfiction, but still fanfiction). Meta posts are http://fandombouquet.blogspot.com/ Here, but I link them regularly from my LJ.
May. 7th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Nope, you can post your entries wherever you want to (if you want to use the banners you'll have to recode them yourself, though - I only LJ) :).
May. 7th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Um, I'm sorry if this is spamming your inbox. I just tried to post a question, but LJ marked the comment as spam. This seems to be happening any time I post a link in a comment, so I'm not sure I'd be able to sign up for your challenge at all since you require tag links. Anyway, my question was basically, does the main content of the entry need to be posted directly to livejournal or can it be linked to from another platform? (I hear you about wanting to encourage more meta posts, I've intentionally kept my fic and meta separate for my own sanity because I post very long fics.
May. 7th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
LJ is doing that a lot - I'm unspamming as we go so it won't be a problem :D.
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May. 8th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Hello, my name is: ojuzu / esmenet
You can find my entries here: http://ojuzu.livejournal.com/tag/one%20hundred%20things or http://esmenet.dreamwidth.org/tag/one+hundred+things
I'm writing 100 Things on the subject of: Gender(queer); or, One Hundred Gender Things
Entries will be public/flocked: public
Will you be posting anything NSFW or potentially triggering? not likely, but if so I'll warn for it and (depending on severity) put it under a cut as well
Are you happy to add people so they can read your entries? n/a
Which index category do you want to be in? OMG There's No Category For This

I'm waiting to actually write and post things until after finals week, so the above tags contain no actual posts yet and won't for another few days.
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May. 9th, 2012 07:57 am (UTC)
Sure, we'll just put a note in the masterlist about the language.
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May. 9th, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)

I've already signed up and had "100 things about parenting" as my subject... but I have narrowed it down. Am I able to have it changed to be more specific to read "100 Bad Parenting things (that are actually GOOD parenting)" ?

Please? Pretty pretty please? With a cherry on top?
May. 10th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Done! :)
May. 10th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
I'd love to join in, just to get back into writing - but I can't think of 100 things I'd like to say about a specific topic. So, can it be something a bit broader, like "100 (random) things about fandom"?

F.e. I'd like to rec a few fanfics in various fandoms, write meta about things that bother me (like the role of women in HP, Toby in West Wing etc), write episode/book/movie reviews - just whatever muse strikes me. Would that be okay?
May. 11th, 2012 07:39 am (UTC)
Plenty of other people are doing similar things, so I don't see why not! :)
May. 13th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
Instead of dividing our 100 things, can we sign up twice, or should we only have one active sign-up at a time.
May. 18th, 2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
You can sign up twice if that's how you want to do it :)
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May. 18th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Gonna put this under "Food, Drink, Cookery & Recipes" :)
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May. 16th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
If I decided to change my topic after posting five entries, should I let you know so the index can be changed or just let it slide?
May. 18th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
You can just let us know and we can re-index if you'd like! :)
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May. 18th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
OK! Changed indexing! :)
May. 20th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
*raises hand* Um, quick question. I'm kinda doing this regardless... just not sure if it's 'legal' via the challenge rules, or if I'm flying on my own here. :P I posted a poll on my LJ to ask my flist what they'd rather see the challenge done on (I couldn't narrow it down any more than the categories I did the poll with!), and it became a split, with Baking Recipes and Photographs as the winners.

I'm planning on still doing 100 entries, and having 2 separate cuts... one with the recipe, and one with photography. You would be able to see both in the same entry. Is this kosher for the challenge, or should I not legally sign-up?

Thanks in advance! ^_^
May. 22nd, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Well, it's up to you, but if you want to be added to the masterlist, go ahead and sign up! I'm not sure if you mean one with recipes and one with photography as 2 x 100 things or 2 x 50, but it all seems to fit the spirit of the challenge anyway. :)
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