Reimagining 500 Days of Women: Digital to Analog

Nellie McClung quoteIf you follow this blog, you may wonder what has happened with 500 Days of Women (#500DOW)? This post answers that question. First, a brief reminder of the genesis of the idea. I wanted to do something to honour the lives and contributions of women, I needed to learn how to use social media and I was feeling better, so I wanted to challenge myself.

What did I learn? So much, really. First of all, I learned that I am not a Twitter person! Nothing I want to say fits the 280 character limit in a way I am satisfied with. I know many people use Twitter to get support and to give support (shout out to @MHCrisisAngels). I am very happy to see this, but it is not for me. I find the constant attention to my smartphone that is required to be an effective agent for positive change on Twitter is not in my wheelhouse. For me, it increases anxiety.

In summary, this is what I found out about my passion project:

  • I’m not well enough yet to commit to a daily routine on social media (more about this in my Deep Dive Into Benzos posts)
  • With the energy I have available for the project, I’m not reaching many people
  • I am learning so much about women’s struggles and successes, and it inspires me
  • Picking 500 woman to feature is pretty easy, but it does take time to do them justice
  • I don’t want to give up on it (if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again), but
  • I don’t want to keep going as I am (doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results)

I had to think about what I was offering versus what people might need or find more useful. I have decided to stop posting on social media and focus instead on creating a journal with daily quotes and anecdotes. The journal will run from Monday, July 1st, 2019 to Wednesday, November 11th, 2020: 16-months or 500 days. I will make it available as a free PDF on June 21st, 2019 at the Coraine Wellness website. The website is not live yet, but I do have a mailing list for updates. Come check it out and sign up! It won’t be a daily onslaught of updates and marketing emails, because that’s not how I roll.

“In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself. The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather — in many cases — offers an alternative to it.”

—Susan Sontag, Reborn: Journals and Notebooks

Peace & progress,

Colleen

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