The Year of Months began in November 2009, though the idea itself hadn't been born yet. I participated in National Novel Writing Month for the second year and finished the first draft of Miranda's Fire. After November, I decided I wanted to do National Blog Posting Month after hearing about it from my friend Angela, so I ended up writing a blog post every day in December 2009.
Halfway through December, the idea of The Year Of Months started to form in my head. I think most people (myself included) want to expand their horizons, but don't have the discipline to do it without setting concrete goals. I realized that a month was a good amount of time to stick to something new; it's long enough to provide you with an experience but short enough in case you end up hating it.
I came up with about fifteen ideas intended to provide me with new knowledge or perspective to fill out the last 10 months of my Year of Months and let my blog readers vote on which I would do. Other than January (Non-Fiction Month - read an hour of NF every day), I haven't decided which month is which yet, planning on deciding along the way. Here are the themes you can expect to see over the next 10 months:
Photo Month - take at least one picture every dayApril 2010 Recipe Month - try a new recipe every dayJune 2010 Bike Month - bike everywhere within 7 miles of my houseMarch 2010
- Shop Locally Month - includes groceries and restaurants
Post-card Month - send a postcard to someone every dayMay 2010
- Craft Month - work on any kind of craft every day
Walk Month - take at least a 30 minute walk every dayFebruary 2010
- Conversation Month - start a conversation with a stranger every day
- Vegetarian Month - self explanatory, right?
My friend Paool mentioned possibly doing a Year of Months of his own. If you feel so inclined, I encourage you to do it! I'm really excited about the 10 months ahead of me. If you decide to do it (or even just a month), and blog about it, let me know so I can link your blog from here!