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TWO MONTH ANNIVERSARY! and an audience poll!!!!

Posted in About on June 12, 2009 by theyearoftheblog

Well loyal reader… we’ve reached it. We’ve hit the two month anniversary and I couldn’t be happier with anyone else. Just you girl.

In any case, there are exciting things happening today to celebrate the two month anniversary. First off, the first guest blogger has contributed a blog! Blog #62 will be written by my fellow New Deal member Noah Forman! And what a blog it will be, loyal readers, so keep posted today.

BUT WAIT! There’s more! To celebrate this two month anniversary I’ve decided to try to maintain one of the blogs created in the past two months. How long this will last, no one knows, and the quality and frequency of the updates is not entirely certain, but one will be maintained by god. And I will let you, the reader, decide which blog! I’ve picked three of my favorites (links are found beneath the poll), but you can always write in your blog of choice in the comments section. So please vote:

MAKE AN EDUCATED VOTE! Check out the blogs your voting for:

1. CNN dot com dot com
2. Fifth Grade Book Reports
3. More Snickers Ads
-Or- check out the rest to see if there are any I’m missing here

This poll will be closed in one week (June 19th at noon). So vote and tell your friends to vote! Let’s see how many votes we can get on this mother.

Once again, thank you all for your readership. This project would be horrifically lame if it was just me… so thank you for your readership, and here’s to ten more months!

Keep posted for Blog #62 by guest blogger Noah Forman!


5/3/2009 – The Bill of Rights

Posted in About, Serious Sunday, Wordpress Blogs on May 3, 2009 by theyearoftheblog

Blog #22: The Bill of Rights for the Year of the Blog

I’ve now been going for three weeks, and have decided to clarify some of the rules of the project… don’t worry, nothing’s changing, I’m just clarifying and honing in on amendments to some of the rules… and I’m calling it the Bill of Rights. Who knows, these amendments might have to go through The Year of the Blog Senate and The Year of the Blog House.

Also, this is the second sunday in a row I’ve created like a legit kind of blog, or not a pure joke. I think I’m going to start calling this Serious Sunday!

Why April 12th?

Posted in About on April 10, 2009 by theyearoftheblog project begins on Sunday April 12th, 2009.

People may be wondering why such a grand project started on such an obscure date. Sure its Easter, but why would you do that on Easter? That doesn’t make any sense. Easter is for rabbits and eggs. It is not for blogs.

Well, curious internet reader, Easter is also the day that Jesus came back. And I’m planning on bringing blogging back the way Jesus brought himself back. Is blogging dead? Not quite yet. But the days of reading some random asshole’s blog about Weezer and how no one respects them anymore, even though they’re 15 years old, are coming to a close. On Easter, Jesus arose after dying for our sins. On Easter of 2009, I will bring blogs back from their grave, so they may have one last day in the sun after being host to quite possibly the worst writing in the history of man. Including Dan Brown.

Also I had a few free days before the 12th so I could sit down and work out the details of this project.

The Rules

Posted in About on April 10, 2009 by theyearoftheblog

The Year of the Blog Project follows these ten rules:

  1. The project lasts between April 12th, 2009 and April 11th, 2010. In that time I (Dru Johnston) will publish one new blog every day.
  2. Once a blog has been posted, it will be posted on the homepage of which will serve as ground base for this project.
  3. Blogspot or WordPress software may be used to create any of these blogs.
  4. Up to 100 tumblr blogs are allowed to be published throughout the year. The remainder must adhere to rule number 3.
  5. Up to 12 blogs may be ghostwritten. However, “ghostwritten” is a stupid name for this as I will give full credit to the writer, and label said blog as a ghostwritten blog. I just like the idea of calling a blog “Ghostwritten.” Deal with it.
  6. Each blog must have at minimum 4 posts (or pages if deemed appropriate) when published. Posts can be text or media, but they must be there.
  7. If a blog is missed that blog must be made up the next day with an added “bonus blog.” For every day late an extra “bonus blog” will be added. This means the project might easily exceed 365 blogs.
  8. Blogs may be created internally prior to the launch, however they will not be judged as an existing blog until they’re posted and linked to from So this means if you look at my blogspot account and say something like “but he has one already but it doesn’t have anything in it when I click it, durrrrrrrrrr” that doesn’t count.
  9. Once posted, blogs do not need to be maintained. Most will probably just sit there with four posts for all eternity. But they’ll be there by gum.
  10. counts as a blog, and will serve as the blog for April 12th, 2009.

The Project

Posted in About on April 10, 2009 by theyearoftheblog

I write unsustainable blogs.

In the past I have started blogs, and after four posts get bored and stop posting. This normally happens over the course of about thirty minutes, and these orphaned blogs, bastard children between my excitement and that bitch known as creativity, get left at my doorstep. Then they wither and die.

But as an aspiring writer who would eventually like to get paid to write on these things its not good to show your prospective employer a list of ten odd blogs, each with about 500 words total, and explain to him that when you have a project you stick with it. That you are full of ambition.

But I am the king of ambition. And to prove it, I’m starting this project.

Starting April 12th, 2009 I will be creating a new blog everyday for a year. At the end of that, if I don’t have at least four of them that I want to continue, I’m probably a miserable failure.

Welcome to The Year of the Blog

Posted in About on April 9, 2009 by theyearoftheblog

Check out The Year of the Blog in the Press


My name is Dru Johnston, and I write unsustainable blogs.

Starting April 12th, 2009 I will be creating a new blog everyday for a year. At the end of that, if I don’t have at least four of them that I want to continue, I’m probably a miserable failure.

Let me make it clear that by “Blog” I mean a brand new website. Not just a new post… what kind of a project would that be? It wouldn’t. That’s the answer.

For project details and rules check out the page links to the right.

For an organized list of all the blogs created so far click here.

Or if this is your first time to The Year of the Blog you can check out a few of my favorite blogs to get a sense of what’s going on here.