James Proclaims (4)


This post, the one you’re currently reading (if indeed you are reading this) is the 524th post to appear on James Proclaims. Which is not hugely significant in and of itself, but back on October 30th 2017, I had only written a measly 324 posts. On October 31st, I wrote a post about Halloween. Little did I know it at the time, but with that post I was embarking on a blogging odyssey. But I was, and I did and this, my 524th post of all time, is also my 200th post in 200 consecutive days.

It’s a journey which, as the mathematically more astute of you will realise, took me past the milestones of my 400th post and my 500th post, as well as my three year blogiversary. The end of April also saw me complete six months of consecutive blogging, which seems noteworthy for some reason, but probably isn’t.

It started out as me just trying to achieve the feat of writing 30 posts in 30 days throughout November, in an attempt to complete National Blog Posting Month (or NaBloPoMo). At the time I thought I’d struggle to even accomplish that, but now that looks like a miniscule achievement. As well as NaBloPoMo, I also wrote 24 Christmas(ish) themed film reviews in a sort of Advent Calendar  throughout December, and in April I partook in the A-Z blogging challenge, writing mostly about the cartoons of my youth. The other 120 posts have consisted of slightly rubbish poems, even more rubbish doodles, some lamentably pointless reviews of 90s era movies and a few short stories, which aren’t nearly as clever as I thought they were when I wrote them. I’ve also introduced two never-seen-before features to my blog – the utterly inexplicable ‘James Explains’ and the entirely self-indulgent Magic Penguin stories, which are just a bit weird.

And I will continue to post many more unfathomable utterings to these pages for the foreseeable future. This is not the end of James Proclaims. I will proclaim again and I will proclaim soon.

But not tomorrow.

Because while I’ve enjoyed the last 200 days, I really do need to stop posting everyday. I have other things I need to do. They aren’t really things I want to do. A lot of them are beyond dull. But I’ve been putting them off for far too long. About 200 days if I’m honest.

For this has been the ultimate exercise in procrastination.

In the event that anyone is disheartened by the news that I will no longer be blogging on a daily basis then I would like to point out that no-one in their right mind should be at all bothered that a mediocre blogger decides to blog a bit less. But if that news still fails to console you, then rest assured, I’ll still be pedalling my prosaic prose in the blogosphere, just on a slightly less regular basis.

But probably still multiple times a week.

If, by contrast, the news that I’m not giving up blogging is the thing that disheartens you, then I would also point out that you really don’t have to read this stuff. No-one is making you. Unless you’re Mrs Proclaims, in which case I admit that I do make you read it, but you knew what you were getting into when you married me.

Anyway, the point of all this really is that in order to produce my 200th post in 200 days I had to write something.

So I wrote this.

Which is probably something of an anticlimax all things considered.



26 thoughts on “Multiple Milestones

  1. Respect, James. There is no secret to success in this life than unsexy hard work and graft. That said, I have some followers to sell you, usual place behind the dumpster at the kebab shop?

    I enjoy your sense of humour and your take on things. It is a wonderful oasis, your blog.

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  2. Stop showing off and making us lesser bloggers feel inadequate with your dediated consecutivism! And by ‘us’ I obviously mean ‘me’! And consecutivism is definitely a word…
    But in all seriousness, a huge pat on the back for all the achievements. I’ll be honest though, quite glad you’re taking a break as now I might be able to catch up with posts and clear my inbox!! Enjoy putting your feet up 🙂

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  3. Who are you? How did you insinuate yourself into my life these past 200 days……and more?
    We demand an answer James, and by “we” I mean Mrs Proclaims and me!

    On the other hand, a mightily sincere “well done”. Now get on with the other stuff that you need to do to earn a crust.

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  4. Since you started this journey of consecutivity on my birthday (October 30,) I feel I am due at least some of the credit. Although you probably didn’t know it was my birthday, so perhaps not. Anyway… you’re welcome. Reading your enjoyable 200 post streak almost takes the sting out of being 200 days older.

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  5. I’m impressed that you made it 200 days posting in a row! I had to take a year off just to deal with kids & work & health issues. I’m lucky if I post once a week now LOL! I’m happy you’ll sill be blogging but sad you’re losing your excuse to continue procrastinating.

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