One would think after finishing Nanowrimo that I’d relax a little. That’s what I thought. But the idea of doing Reverb — a December-long personal blogging/journaling project started by Gwen Bell in 2009, in which you answer a prompt a day in the online format of your choice — was too much to resist. The “why, oh, why”:
1. I only half-assed the one in 2009 and skipped 2010 because I was finishing up the draft of my first novel, and now “they” are not doing it anymore. But they kindly left instructions on doing it on your own, so there you go.
2. Revising all year in 2011 made me neglect blogging in general, and this is a way to alleviate my guilt.
3. I’m feeling introspective anyway.
So, here I am, writing now in a place that everyone can see. After a year of writing a lot and having just a few eyes see the material, this will be interesting, and hopefully a good exercise to get my public blogging muscles up to speed again. For this month, I will blog once a day, or perhaps 2-3 times per day if I am feeling lazy, each entry answering prompts I made up for myself below. It’s a nice mix of playful topics with intense introspection.
DAY 1: RELEASE
What did you let go of this year?
DAY 2: FOOD
What was the best meal/culinary experience you had this year? What made it so great?
DAY 3: FUN
What was the most fun you had this year?
DAY 4: FASHION
What was your most beloved/favorite outfit? Your favorite time wearing it? How would you describe your fashion style this year? How did the way you dress change?
DAY 5: ACCOMPLISHMENTS
What were you deeply proud of doing, making, being, etc. this year?
DAY 6: BREAKTHROUGHS
What were your biggest breakthroughs? This can be in any area: emotional, spiritual, career, etc.
DAY 7: MUSIC
What were some of your favorite records and songs? What song will always remind you of this year?
DAY 8: CRUSHES AND LOVE
Who or what did you crush out on this year? Who or what did you fall in love with?
DAY 9: LIFE LESSONS
What life lessons will you take away from this year?
DAY 10: FAITH IN THE HUMAN RACE
What made you deeply proud of others? What disappointed you?
DAY 11: ONE WORD
What is the one word that would describe or encapsulate your 2011? And what word are you aiming for in 2012?
DAY 12: BEAUTY
What was the most beautiful thing you saw/did/experienced this year?
DAY 13: VIBRANCY
What is the one moment from this year where you felt fully alive? Describe it in as vivid detail as possible…
DAY 14: GRATITUDE
What were you grateful for this year?
DAY 15: REGRETS AND SADNESS
What did you miss/mourn/grieve for this year?
DAY 16: AWE
What inspired mind-blowing AWE in you this year?
DAY 17: MORE/LESS
What did you wish you had less of in 2011? What did you want more of? How about next year?
DAY 18 & 19: TRAVEL/ADVENTURE
Did you travel? Where did you go? Where would you like to go in 2012? What adventures did you have this year? What did you do, who were you with, where were you? And what adventures would you like to have next year?
DAY 20: YOUR LIFE IS A MOVIE
Pick and describe a few moments this year that defined you, your life, your world.
DAY 21: PEACE
What soothed your soul?
DAY 22: DECISIONS
What was the best decision you made, and why? How about the worst?
DAY 23: HABITS
What habits did you acquire/change/transform or stop this year? Anything you’re aiming for next year?
DAY 24: CELEBRATIONS
BEST PARTY EVER IN 2011! Describe it!
DAY 25: GIFTS
What was the best gift you got this year? How about the best one you gave?
DAY 26: SPEAK NOW I will get in big trouble if I answer this honestly! Also, I’m wicked behind on this project, so I’m making this easy for myself, ha ha.
What was the most memorable conversation you had this year? Was there something you wanted to say but didn’t or couldn’t?
DAY 27: ANTICIPATION I realized this is the same as Day 31!
What are you deeply excited about or for in 2012?
DAY 28: CHALLENGE
What challenges did you face this year? How did you face them?
DAY 29: CONSUMPTION
Did you buy something that made you happy? Why did it make you happy? Did you buy something you regretted?
DAY 30: STOP
What did you stop doing in 2011 that made a difference in your life? Anything you want to stop in 2012?
DAY 31: EXCITEMENT
What are you excited for next year?
In the spirit of earlier Reverbs, which were big on community and participation, I invite anyone and everyone to join along. You can make your own prompts, or do the ones above. You can answer in depth, in brief or in haiku, if it so pleases you. All, or just a few. On Twitter, on Facebook, or on your own blog. Use the hashtag #Reverb11 on Twitter, message or at-reply me on Twitter as well, and hopefully I will find you to read — or let me know here. There are no rules, just words and thoughts, each one after another, hopefully coming together to mean something.