Epilogue

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Well, yesterday’s post was obviously the hardest post I’ve ever written. What did I want to include? How did I want to say it? What should I leave in? What should I leave out? What kind of tone did I want?

It’s like trying to make a series finale for a TV show. Sometimes you get Seinfeld which was utterly disappointing. Sometimes you get Six Feet Under which was utterly mind blowing. Hopefully mine fell in the meaty party between the two.

For my halfway point reflections post, I listed the top 10 most read posts.

Top 10 Most Read Posts:

  1. #54 Finally Talk to that Cute Girl in Yoga
  2. #1 Go to a Party by Myself
  3. #310 Attend No Pants Metro Ride 2012
  4. #127 Take an Aerobics Class with Richard Simmons
  5. #201 Perform in a Live Show Called “Mortified”
  6. #17 Taking it Up a Notch – Exposing Myself on Reddit
  7. #15 Post a Really (really… really) Embarrassing Video of Myself on YouTube
  8. #113 Spend the Day in Solitary Confinement
  9. #56 First Kiss in a Public Place
  10. #154 See Her Again

It’s interesting to see what changed. Clara’s first post tops the list. Her posts also close out the list at spots 9 and 10. Like I said before, people like a love story. Even if it doesn’t work out. Mortified, my reddit video, Richard Simmons and the very first post of the blog were always popular ones. The No Pants Metro Ride post rocketed to #3 probably due to it being mentioned in the Huffington Post. And Solitary Confinement came out of nowhere to land in the #8 spot. I always thought that was one of the most interesting posts of the blog.

Some statistics over the year:

39,971 Visits
19,154 Unique Visitors
100,205 Pageviews
2.51 Pages/Visit
00:03:53 Avg. Time on Site
60.84% Bounce Rate
47.88% % New Visits

I actually fell off pace a bit from the first half of the year with visits but I had such a huge spike from my reddit video I think it’s still pretty good. My pageviews went up however which is a good sign. Average time on the site went up by 20 seconds as well which is phenomenal.

Top 10 countries who read this blog:

  1. US
  2. Canada
  3. New Zealand
  4. UK
  5. Australia
  6. Netherlands
  7. Germany
  8. Sweden
  9. Poland
  10. Ireland

No real surprises there. Mostly English speaking countries. Poland seems kind of random. And Germany?

It’s still cool to think people from around the world have been to my blog. Maybe I’m a rock star in Poland, who knows.

Overall, I never felt the blog was as popular as I thought it should be. Maybe that sounds conceited, but I really believe I had some good stuff here. I think I could’ve worked on the design better and utilized social media more. It’s hard though. Everything took so much time. Time I didn’t have.

The blog doesn’t even feel like it’s over. It took all day to write the post yesterday and today I spent redoing my finale video. I wasn’t satisfied with it at all but this new one is SO much better. I hope you enjoy it.

And I’m going to work tomorrow. Yes, I know. Crazy. But a friend of mine offered me some freelance work at his company. It’s twice what I was making before so I figure work there for a few weeks and really have a nice cushion for the future. I told myself I wasn’t going to turn down any job offered to me. I just didn’t think it would be this soon.

It will be good though. Change is good. I know that now. I just have to keep moving and not get complacent. That’s the death of innovation.

I have a couple of interesting projects in the works. I can’t say much about them now but here’s where you’ll first hear about them. I’m revamping the blog when I get a chance. I’ll keep an area dedicated to the year-long SYED project and then the main page will be the new blog. It will still be focused on scary things but I won’t be restricted to those posts. I’ll have my incoherent babblings and rants as well. I hope you all stay tuned for it.

Thanks again to everyone. This really is the last post of the year-long Scare Yourself Every Day project. Now… cue music…

32 Comments to “Epilogue”

  1. Sherry 6 March 2012 at 1:52 am #

    Aw, I’m going to miss reading this. This was an amazing blog. It was so exciting to see what you’d do next. Email your fans when you decide to embark on your next project!

  2. Jeroen 6 March 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Brilliant idea and blog, kuddo’s. I’ve only read 4 of your articles, but they were great.

    (Noticed your not amazed by the amount of visitors from holland? We neither speak English ;))

    • Greg 6 March 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      Ha I am amazed by any foreign visitors! Aren’t Americans boring to you?

  3. trivtrav 6 March 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Just found this thanks to Reddit. Great blog…thanks for sharing! A shame I didn’t find it sooner, but on the other hand, I will have plenty to read for a while!

    • Greg 6 March 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      Feel free to ask me anything as you’re going through the old posts!

  4. Buddy 6 March 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Congratulations. Well done. I’m proud of you. What you did is incredible, it’s difficult, and it’s become an inspiration to many.

    This wouldn’t be a proper Buddy-post if there weren’t a [url=http://scareyourselfeveryday.com/?p=707]compliment-sandwich[/url] in here somewhere, so here it is. In your previous (The End (?)) post you said “I used to always put things off until a “better” time. I learned there never is a “better” time. And if you put something off, it’s as good as never doing it” and in this post you follow it up with “[…] so I figure work there for a few weeks and really have a nice cushion for the future.” I suppose you can see the point I’m making, and all I should add is that I don’t disapprove, I only caution 🙂

    Back to the sweet stuff.
    I think it’s really impressive what you’ve pulled off, and I think you can carry this with you in your life. Not just as a story, as ‘something you once did’, but as lessons learned that you carry deep within you now. They say it takes 21 daily repetitions for a habit to form. You’ve done that 17 times over, and then some. I wish you the very best of luck with all your future endeavors, and you can be sure that whatever you keep posting on the blog here, I’ll be reading it. RSS-feeds don’t expire.
    Once again, congratulations, and thanks so much, it’s been great 🙂

    • Greg 6 March 2012 at 6:22 pm #

      Ah Buddy. I was sad I hadn’t heard from you. I hear you about the work. I’m still torn. I’ll see how I feel after a week. I don’t want it to delay anything though. I’m going to try and make it work.

      Thanks for your support and your constructive criticism. It helped push the quality of the blog. I hope you stick around for the next part!

  5. jchawkinson 6 March 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Congratulations Greg. This blog is awesome, not only because we were able to laugh at all the crazy situations you put yourself in (and make fun of you for them), but because it is such an honest, candid diary of your life for the past year. Thanks so much for doing this and for letting us participate in it, even if only for a few entries.

    • Greg 6 March 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks! I love hearing your feedback on the blog and was so happy you got to do some scary things with me. Some big ones too!

  6. GroovyNerdMandy 6 March 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Congrats man! So I am ashamed to say I just found your site via TheDailyWhat and wow, just have to say this is amazing. I can’t wait to start reading about your experiences and i’m starting with #1. 🙂

    • Greg 6 March 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      Thanks!!

  7. TulsaDreamer 7 March 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Damm! I just now found your blog thanks to JoshSpector.com. And now you’re finished! Can’t wait to read everything.

    • Greg 7 March 2012 at 11:18 pm #

      Thanks and lemme know if you have any questions

  8. storyteller 7 March 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I give you compliments for your advertising and self marketing ambition, it just shows the current inflation and depreciating US dollar are causing people to do extreme and unusual things to capture attention and jobs. Many of the things you have done ARE NOT very scary to aggressive people who have always pushed them selves out of NECESSITY not novelty. Eating living and unusual foods, kissing in public, going to parties alone, etc. are just everyday realities to many people. Maybe not for Americans (give the support you are getting) but for others in this world they are everyday activities. I appeal to your screenwriting abilities. I know no other screenwriters so your media exposure peaked my attention. I am writing a story that will be a guaranteed Hollywood hit. The shocking and gut wrenching storyline makes your stint look like child’s play and it timely to world events. Email me if you are interested in bringing my story to the masses via the cinema. Like you, I think VERY big. Good day!

    • Will F. 7 March 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      Greg, congrats on getting your first spam! Although I’m unclear on the technique being employed here – if this dude wants to sell you an e-cig or acai berry diet or screenplay that “it timely to world events”, not sure why he had to open with 150 words insulting you and the dedication it took to do this yearlong project…

      • Greg 7 March 2012 at 11:24 pm #

        First spam? I have thousands of spam comments that my filter has deleted. I hate spam!!

    • Greg 7 March 2012 at 11:21 pm #

      I thought about deleting your comment but I think it’s hilarious. Thanks.

    • Shannon 12 March 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      If you’re such a BAMF, do it yourself.

  9. WineDineDaily 7 March 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    Congratulations Greg for your commitment to this awesome blog. What a great journey you had!
    Best 🙂
    Corina

    • Greg 7 March 2012 at 11:22 pm #

      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading

  10. Vivi 7 March 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    This was sooo great!!!! Ah, memories 😉

    Let us know what you’re up to soon!!!

    xoxo

    • Greg 7 March 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      Thanks Vivi for being here for so long. Wish you could’ve gone to the party!

      • Vivi 12 March 2012 at 11:48 am #

        Me too!!! Next time I’m in LA, I’m letting you know!! 😉

  11. TheDabawenya 7 March 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Go to Afghanistan and scare yourself everyday! LOL! You did a pretty good job! 🙂

    • Greg 7 March 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      Thanks and no thanks to afghanistan!

  12. Mayura 7 March 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Its amazing to think you got so many more readers almost instantly after you finished. I guess you really went all out with post about this site.

    • Greg 7 March 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      Thanks for being a supporter. I really appreciate it!

  13. Dawn 8 March 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    This site is so awesome ! I tried to get on here yesterday once I found out about this from the Yahoo! story. I think that’s when everyone was trying. Congrats to you for you for doing this, and you inspired me to do something I was afraid of doing, sending a certain someone a friend invited on Linked In ! I did it, and this person accepted : ) I wish I would’ve known about this when it first started so I could’ve followed along ! Good luck to you in the future.

    • Greg 8 March 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks for coming back! Yeah, the site was getting slammed. I’m so sorry it came to a grinding halt. Glad to hear you did a scary thing. Keep it up and tell me about it!

  14. Shannon 12 March 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Congratulations! You’ve grown more as a person in this one year than some people do in their entire lives. It’s just amazing how much confidance you seem to have gained in the last year. Best of luck with your future projects!

  15. Dave M 25 March 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Thank you so much Greg for documenting this journey, it’s been a truly inspiring read even though I have stumbled on it a little too late to fully appreciate the individual steps. What I have seen though is the full journey and the end result. You’ve clearly enjoyed it and come out of the year with a lot of life experience, many new friends and a new outlook on life. I applaud that.

    I remembered hearing about this some time ago, but hadn’t thought to follow it up until today. I felt particularly low about how unexciting and unappealing my life was and somehow thought to hunt around for the site. I’ve spent all day today reading through your posts, following this year’s journey and it’s really inspired me to start making some small changes in my life and try new things. If I can show even a fraction of the dedication you’ve had to this then I’m sure I can improve my day to day life hugely.

    Once again, thank you for being an inspiration. I wish you all the best in the days to come. 🙂

    • Greg 28 March 2012 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks for reading. I’m glad you can find some inspiration in what I did. Hope you can find that excitement in your life again.