Here is the wrap-up for 24-Hour Blog Day 2011.
First, the concept. We got the idea from 24-Hour Comic Book Day. Basically, within a 24-hour time span we will produced 24 unique blogs on varying subjects. The topics were written down by ourselves and other non-participants and put into a box. We only knew the ones we wrote down, everything else was kept a secret. At the beginning of each hour a new topic was drawn and we had to write on that topic.
The rules were as follows:
-New post every hour
-Whatever was written as the end of the hour must be published
-No going back and changing things
-At least one paragraph
That was pretty much it.
The topics that were drawn along with corresponding hours were:
#1: Best of 2010 (11-12)
#2: Funniest Moments (12-1)
#3: When someone mentions childhood what one memory pops into your head? Explain in detail. (1-2)
#4: Methods of Destroying Traffic (2-3)
#5: Alter Egos (3-4)
#6: Friends (4-5)
#7: Write a review of your favorite movie/book/TV Show/Music (5-6)
#8: Theme Songs for Different Moods/Moments (6-7)
#9: Utopias (7-8)
#10: Where is one place you’ve always wanted to go, discuss the benefits of this place. (8-9)
#11: 12 Rhyming Couplets (9-10)
#12: Christmas (10-11)
#13: Irrational Fears (11-12)
#14: Better Creature: Dogs or Cats? (12-1)
#15: Cleveland (1-2)
#16: Mundane Talents/Skills (2-3)
#17: Someone/Something You’ve Always Wished You Were (3-4)
#18: Superpowers you either already have (or think you have), or would like to have (4-5)
#19: Write about your biggest fault (5-6)
#20: Most Influential Year In School (6-7)
#21: Pet Peeves (7-8)
#22: Awkward Moments (8-9)
#23: 80s Movies (9-10)
#24: Cartoons (10-11)
We started at 11 am on February 5, 2011 and ended 11 am February 6, 2011. Not everyone made it, but a surprising amount did. It was a ton of fun and I hope to do it again sometime soon. I will have video footage of it in a “Week In Video” soon.
Since unexpected things can happen to blogs, and none of them are self-hosted, I took the liberty of mirroring all the blogs as they were when they were written. Everything from the style of the page to the pictures are preserved forever in the annals of Killer Tofu. Anyway here are links to the mirrors as well as links to the actual blogs. Enjoy!
Actual Blog Links
Tim Franklin http://frimtanklin.blogspot.com/
Kathy Franklin http://whats-next-onthe-todo-list.blogspot.com/
Joe Flores http://doeyfowes.blogspot.com/
John Schuster http://twentyfourhourolympia.wordpress.com/
Andrew Preston http://iamkindathirsty.blogspot.com/
Lauren Kohl https://callmeloko.wordpress.com/
Elijah Davis http://www.tripleebattery.blogspot.com/
Mike Dodaro http://grownupmike.blogspot.com/
Amanda Keene http://seizetheweekkeene.blogspot.com/
Tom Zaglaras http://thefileclerk.blogspot.com/
Katie Fabrici http://kfabrici.wordpress.com/
Of all the years to actually write a “best of” this will probably be of the least troublesome. 2010 was a pretty solid year for Mr. Matthew Gyure. This post is mostly going to be gushing about all the new people I met this year. Its strange that something as simple as meeting a new group of people is enough to change your whole outlook on the places around you. I was pretty burnt out on the area around me. Things were getting that samey feeling and nothing of particular merit was happening. This changed when my friend, Katie, introduced me to my now girlfriend, Lauren. She was in an improv group called The Crazy Monkeys. Little did I know back then, but this would lead to some of the best friendships I have made in recent memory. I was incredibly intimated by them a first. They pretty much live exclusively on a diet of inside jokes and affection for one another, and I was privy to neither. They all did a great job of welcoming me into their lives though. Slowly, over time, I went from “Lauren’s boyfriend” to just “friend.” Spring 2010 was one of the most fun, and memorable semesters I had at Purdue. I feel not only did I make a bunch of new friends, but I had a personal transformation. I went from not really being comfortable with my adult(ish) self to knowing exactly who I am. The journey for self-realization is never ending in my opinion, but 2010 helped me make great strides in the discovery of Matthew Gyure. In a project managerial sense 2010 was a milestone year. It’s not if I did nothing. Most of these realizations were made by myself as they always are when it comes to personal philosophy, but I owe a huge thanks to my new best friends, The Crazy Monkeys (old and new), Lauren, and Katie for starting this whole thing.
Oh, my friends and I started an improv group, too. Thanks so much to them as well. It is so far unbelievably fun and I am so happy we followed through with it.
Sorry, this is so disjointed. I am not fully in “blog mode” yet and my thoughts are all swimming around. These will get better.