I Need Your Ideas, and Maybe Some Organ Meat Shipped Overnight  

With the next 30 day challenge right around the corner, I find myself once more looking for some direction. A direction that you (yes you!) might very well be able to provide for me. In lieu of the overly complicated and wordy explanations I typically force you to read through, I've distilled the high points of this post into the sloppiest outline ever. Enjoy, comment (check back too as I'll definitely be responding with follow up questions), and be sure to watch for the poll to go live on Sunday.

May 2009 - 30 Day Challenge Overview

  1. Challenge runs for the duration of the month, meaning May is technically a 31 day challenge.
  2. I post every day, no days off, and only within the parameters agreed upon in advance.
Previous Challenges:
  1. January 2009 - Daily Photo
  2. October 2008 - Daily Blog Post
Current Considerations for May 2009 Challenge:
  1. Daily video blog (vlog). I was thinking about taking this so far as to do a daily video blog of me eating something out of the ordinary, or "gross." But something that has still been cleared for human consumption, like brains or squid ink, not rotten food or an entire jar of mayonnaise. You guys could even offer dining suggestions and/or mail me gross (canned) food directly!
  2. Daily giveaway. My version of the daily giveaway would thankfully not be built around Starbucks and The Olive Garden gift cards. Instead I would simply give away things already in my possession. Maybe one day it's an old comic book, and an autographed picture of me from high school the next. How this would work exactly is still TBD. Most likely I would post the items with a little blurb, let people comment their interest (or complete lack thereof) in it, then a day or two later select a winner. And of course I would encourage the winner to send a picture back of them with their gift.
  3. Daily cartoon. I've never really done cartoons before, so my drawings would be crude and probably done on the back of an Arby's napkin or in MS Paint. Then again that might just work out in their favor.
  4. Daily chick flick movie review. I'm apprehensive about even sharing this one, as the possibility of eating blood sausages and fish eyes for a month seems like a slice of bacon-wrapped cheesecake by comparison.
Next Steps
  1. Help me out with some feedback in the comments. What do you think of the above ideas? Better still, do you have any new ones for me? All things that are either plausible or Ryan will be considered. When making suggestions, keep in mind that a) I don't have a lot of money, b) I work a full-time job, and c) I'd rather not be in (constant) fear for my life.
  2. Make sure to come back and vote. From April 19-28, that clever little poll I feature in the sidebar will be updated with the final choices for May's 30 day challenge, allowing you guys to ultimately seal my fate. Is it any wonder I already have a bad feeling about this?

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20 Reasons to Live

  • Kelly  
    April 15, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    I don't like when your comment header says "0 Reason(s) to Live." It creeps me out! At least one is enough!

    So I like your ideas. All of them. Except I have a hard time with VLOG stuff, because I don't have the attention span to watch them. Unless they're like thirty seconds long...

    And I like your writing, so I'm going to have to say I like the chick flick movie review. Seems mean to pick that one. Since I'm mean, that's the way I'm going!

  • Bernard  
    April 15, 2009 at 6:48 AM

    I vote for daily comic. If it's made in MS Paint, all the better!

  • E  
    April 15, 2009 at 7:07 AM

    Comic. It would be interesting to see how you develop over the course of the thirty days.

  • Lindsey  
    April 15, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    I like free shit. Especially if its useless and weird.

  • Monkey Girl  
    April 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Definitely, the daily chick flick reviews! I imagine that would be just torture and very time consuming.

  • shine (the artist formerly known as meshealle)  
    April 15, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    I really really like the chick flick idea. Although we may need to define what exactly that means. Because Mr. Film Professor Guy from College, I am still arguing with you that Orlando is NOT a chick flick. It's just a horrible movie. (And no, smart ass, that is not the only qualification for being a chick flick.)

    Also, what if you ate a weird delicacy everyday and then blogged about it? I'm thinking that would get really interesting around day 20 or so.

    Or maybe you could take the crazy person on public transportation thing somewhere and try to make a new friend on the bus each day.

    Or wear one item of women's clothing (or makeup) to work each day and see how long it takes your coworkers to notice. Of course, we'll need pictures of the item, so that might be more like the photo challenge.

    This has so many possibilities.

  • Christie  
    April 15, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    I'm totally voting for the Chick Flick review, because then I can MAKE your ass sit through Twilight, The Notebook, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and other vag flicks I have been dying to make you watch for 9 years.

    And I refuse to clean up your vomit if you have to eat a nasty food every day for 30 days. It would be like that Family Guy episode when the guys all drink ipecac and the last one to puke wins, because the minute you puke, I'll puke, then we'll both puke cleaning it up. It would be such a vicious cycle.

  • shine (the artist formerly known as meshealle)  
    April 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Good point. I hadn't considered that someone else might have to clean up the puke. That's just not cool.

    Also, I have to argue with Twilight as a chick flick. Unless we're talking about teenage chicks. In which case, please make him watch Hannah Montana.

  • Ashley  
    April 15, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    I'm either for daily comic or daily chick flick movie review. hahahaha. Both would be great.

  • Jay  
    April 15, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Kelly - Glad to hear you're so keen on giving me reason to live.

    Christie - Seriously? I think you more than anyone knows my penchant for gross food, and accordingly my ability to keep it down. And 3 of the 4 movies you named would be excluded, as I've already watched them at some point or another. These would need to be new movies, though I'm thinking about a standing veto on Twilight.

    Shine - Twilight is soooo a chick flick. Basically, if a film's target audience is 75% or higher women, it's a chick flick. Even if those women are actually girls. I draw the line at Strawberry Shortcake and The Olsen Twins though.

    EVERYONE ELSE - How is it that you all seem mostly in favor of the TWO ideas that will make my life the hardest? Don't get me wrong; if either the daily comic or chick flick review gets voted in, I will absolutely own it, but still... bastards. Also, expressing your preference here in the comments counts for nothing (at least officially), so make sure you come back after Sunday to vote in the poll!

  • Nicole  
    April 15, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Please watch/review Twilight!!! I feel like causing and abetting an international dispute. (Bring it on.)

  • Becky  
    April 15, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Before reading your options, I was thinking of a "comment on every post" challenge for your blogroll. But, out of your choices, I think the chick flick movie review would be a good read from your perspective.

  • Becky  
    April 15, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Or, maybe another one is coming up with your own version of the Bucket List and 31 things that people should do before they die?

  • hotpants™  
    April 16, 2009 at 7:14 AM

    If you watch Twilight, I'll shit a brick.

    I like the MS Paint comics or reviewing chick flicks, obviously.

  • Ryan  
    April 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    The chick flick thing is going to be terrible for you. You and your lovely wife have been far too fertile for you to have time to waste watching Matthew McConaghey take his shirt off for 2 hours every night.

    Of your suggestions the MS Paint is best.

    Other ideas include:

    - A daily rant where you get indignant about things that irk you, both important and insignificant. I'd suggest starting with the Richard Karn era of Family Feud

    - Every day you admit to liking something that causes you great embarrassment. This could include paying money to download Taylor Swift songs or that shower nozzle Christie purchased.

    - For 30 days you shall stick in a totally unrelated and absurd comment into a conversation. For example, you may be at your office having a discussion about charts or reports, when all of a sudden you say, "I never really felt close to my father until the day we killed a tiger."

    I'll add more later.

  • Jay  
    April 16, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Becky - Trust me, I already comment on all those blogs plus some.

    Ryan - I'm going to add your second idea to the list, as there are easily 31+ things about me I'd rather the entire Internet doesn't know. Thus making it an obvious choice.

    EVERYONE ELSE - Just an FYI, if I do get stuck with the daily comic option, I plan on doing more by hand than I do in MS Paint. So if it's specifically the MS Paint action you're Jonesin' for, you'll end up doubly disappointed!

  • Monkey Girl  
    April 16, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    tick. tock. 15 days and counting.

  • the projectivist  
    April 17, 2009 at 5:47 AM

    i like all of Ryan's ideas almost as much as i like my own idea, which is this:

    you must wear some item of clothing from Christie's wardrobe to work each day.

    i'm sorry, Christie - i can only imagine the toll that might take on your clothes (you could restrict him to the stuff you had been saving for charity) but just imagine the laughs! priceless.

  • Kelly  
    April 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    chick flick.

    Cause I can send Christie my list to torture you with. :-D

  • Brooklyn  
    April 22, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    I know I'm waaaay too late to offer new ideas, but can you make your "giveaway" items be things you find dumpster diving because 1) i want to see pictures of you (and your children) dumpster diving 2)happy earth day!

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