‘Some call it an achievement, I call it a continuous journey’
One year that changed me.
Helped me to welcome growth.
And be comfortable with inconvenient change.
I put my life on the Internet for all to see.
Anyone could take a look and read it all.
Nearly 10,000 people read my blog over the course of the year.
And that could be the same person in different times.
But nearly 10,000 views.
I can’t quite wrap my head around it.
But I never wrote this blog for anyone apart from me.
For me, the accountability drove me to write something every single day.
Throughout four different timezones.
I wanted to keep it to posting before 23:59 GMT for conformity.
When I was in the USA that was a bit harder.
Six hours behind led me to write about the day before rather than the day that I was living.
Around about October, I didn’t want to find a picture for the blog anymore.
I was over it.
But I persevered because I liked the accountability.
I’ve become used to taking on responsibility.
I like the challenge.
Although I wrote this blog for me, some people found interest.
Here’s why some even considered reading it in the first place:
‘Interested in trying new journalism and reading other thoughts from new angles’
‘Had interesting relatable topics, semi-formally but mainly quite casually written which I liked I find it interesting to see people’s blogging styles plus I thought the concept of a blog a day was cool’
‘Appealing and interesting’
‘Its interesting to know about someone’s life’
‘Was very interested by all of the IG captions that I wanted to read more! :)’
‘To keep up with your thoughts and activities’
‘Curiosity after you mentioned that you were blogging for 365 days straight — I wanted to see what type of content you would write about.’
‘I was intrigued.’
‘Because of the PR strategy’
‘Interesting to hear about another Londoner’s perspective on growth’
‘Because Danial showed me.’
‘Because I was curious Interesting thoughts and insights’
‘Needed to find some answers to questions I had myself’
‘Danial is clever and releases well written insightful content.’
‘Because I know you, because I’m interested in your writing style’
‘To see the topics talked about and to see the style of writing, whether it was raw and vulnerable or just briefly covering topics with no depth.’
‘I wanted to try and get inspiration for my blog’
‘you mentioned me in one, still honoured i love’
‘Danial is a great friend! But also a lot of his blogs were interesting!’
‘The content seemed interesting.’
‘General interest to see what your content what about. Writing 365 days is something challenge! — I was curious to see what you had to say!’
Each month that the blog went by I learned something new.
From the blogs where I released all my anxieties about myself to the ones where I shared what I did.
I did a lot in 2018.
I had two holidays.
One to Budapest with Alex and one to Karachi with the family.
I was on high gear most of the time and produced results even I was unsure I was capable of achieving.
To this day, I’m still in awe at all the people I’ve met, reconnected with and shared memories with.
I documented by 2018 story.
One that was revolutionary.
One that was open.
I felt love.
Not from family or anyone, but from myself.
In the journey to find someone, I found myself.
Given this selfish journey, people continued to read, here’s some reasons why:
‘You vary the subject matter, keeps it interesting’
‘The style of the blogs-some titles were appealing’
‘I like the little insights in to your day I get from reading. It’s important to document even the “mundane” stuff’
‘Relatable stuff and included tips in life. Helps us learn from your experience.’
‘Interesting topics and the boredom of commuting’
‘I believe you will go on to greatness and I want to see your journey’
‘After following your blog, I’d always receive post notifications straight to my phone each time you published. Since then, I’d always view your posts every now and then if the title or image preview looked promising.’
‘If things interested me and I had some spare time, I would read it’
‘You made me curry’
‘They can be insightful and fun’
‘The author’s discipline’
‘It’s an interesting blog, very real and raw’
‘The level of vulnerability was refreshing.’
‘The consistent release of the blogs made them consistently visible in my instagram feed — interesting titles drove me to open the article’
‘Interesting topics kept coming up’
‘ambition / your progression’
‘A lot of the content was interesting. Like the one where he spoke about promoting failure in London because the more you fail the more you learn.’
‘The content continued to stay interesting.’
‘I followed your uploads via Instagram. If the topic seemed of particular interest, I’d click through and read on.’
I always made the time for the blog.
But I never expected anyone to read it.
Because I wanted it to be a record.
One that I would refer to in dark times.
This year of writing made a lot of sense.
I had just gone on a study abroad semester where I learned a lot about myself.
I did a lot.
But I was ready for an invigorated 2018.
A 2018 which started off desperate.
Desperate for a job.
Desperate for self-satisfaction.
It wasn’t till April where I started to see some authenticity in myself.
Of course there were some parts that people liked and that’s why they read on, but some others shared their dislikes:
‘Always insightful, impressed you kept it going for the year’
‘Relatable, made me think Some were quite long but the ones I looked at were a good length’
‘I like it because it’s really honest’
‘I liked the blog as the topics were relatable to myself and my life.’
‘Short to read and easy to read.’
‘I liked how in depth each article is and generally found it super interesting!’
‘I liked it because it was inspiring’
‘I like how the blog is honest and easy to read — especially with “sentence per line” format on the majority of posts.’
‘I disliked that the Instagram posts didn’t have the links in them’
‘Because it’s relatable’
‘Overall, I love and appreciate the time taken to reflect and ponder’
‘I like that it was unique’
‘Genuine and no attempts to sound grandiose or better than anyone else- very easy to read to understand’
‘First of all, I find very interesting the concept of writing something, taking the time to think each day. And I found intersting what Danial wrote in his blog.’
‘Like the structure and concept of one a day’
‘Well written and raw thoughts’
‘I liked it because it gave me insight into specific problems I was facing. Only dislike is that sometimes the content was very specific but I like keeping up with your life my brotha’
‘Maybe more insightful, but less frequent weekly article would be better, perhaps a podcast. Respected the continued consistency’
‘Liked — often personal, perhaps controversial topics that many don’t write about. Disliked — personally I’m not a fan of your writing style. This might be because often there is little things of interest to write about or because it’s very ad hoc; perhaps I prefer more structured, analytical writing. I also don’t think Instagram is the best medium for this; if your blog is primarily text then adding photos (which are often loaded or have other connotations) with little meaning doesn’t often work.’
‘Liked- the range of topics, weren’t too long to read, raw.’
‘i like how you write, length was decent too !’
‘I learned a lot!’
‘I do like it. It gives great insight into your life and it’s honest and true.’
‘Because the challenge was to write every single day, sometimes content simply was not of interest to me.’
I didn’t start this blog to inspire anyone.
But maybe myself.
Someone who is usually self-motivated but struggles to finish things that he starts.
As the blog went on, I realise that it did help people, here’s how:
‘Refreshing to read someone’s thoughts about a different topic, often different to my own but valuable to see other ways of looking at things’
‘It was interesting gave a good backdrop’
‘It’s nice to hear about the daily ups and downs of other people, we’re all human and it’s good to see someone using social media to just be real and not sugar coat everything’
‘Yes it did’
‘Learnt the breathe in colours method (if i remember correctly), and it makes me calmer’
‘Certain posts have been uplifting 👀’
‘It kinda just assured me that everyone has sh*t going on’
‘The bit where you went bosh hit my heart’
‘Just reminds me to reflect more and be more grateful’
‘Yeah It did it!’
‘Yah, helped me write’
‘Probably as an example of a way to handle everyday life.’
‘Its a very thought provoking blog’
‘Didn’t read it enough for it to help me but some relatable thoughts were written’
‘Yes!!! Multiple times your reflections gave me new perspectives.’
‘Yeah, I was able to make bant with Danial about it’
‘Yes! Made me realise people feel the same things as me sometimes’
‘yes yes yes, insight/infectious mentality, raw honesty’
‘Helped me gain a new perspective I didn’t have.’
‘Helps me stay in touch with you.’
‘By providing a reflection of personal experiences and thoughts, I was able to relate to what you had to say. So in short — yes.’
The respondents shared some final thoughts too:
‘Good effort mate — 365 blog posts aren’t easy, everyday life is busy but finding something valuable to give back to the community is priceless.’
‘Keep it going I know the entire blog was based on 365 days but keep it going!’
‘Keep it up 🙌🏾💫 doing amazing!’
‘Keep up the hard graft. Great things come to those who work hard and you are one of the hardest working guys I have the pleasure to know’
‘Keep on doing what you doing and you’ll get there lad. Let people come to you.’
‘Is there more Danial for 2019?’
‘I love you man’
‘you’re cool, don’t stop pls k thx’
‘Are you doing it again ?’
‘Continue with content but perhaps weekly — creat longer posts surrounding particular areas/topics.’
So what happens now?
I will probably continue the write the blog.
But not to publish it to social media.
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I’ve enjoyed sharing my life with so many.
Let’s see what 2019 has in store.