Greatest Hits

By Michael Strickland

100,000 Words

In 2003, I made a New Year’s resolution to write every day. This came about partly as a right-brain response to a left-brain semester in law school, partly as a rebellion against the writers’ block that continues to plague me even today. The idea was to force myself to write by making a public commitment and publicly posting my writings every day. Thus, “The Daily Strick” was born.

It quickly took on a life of its own, evolving from an informal Web log (“blog”) to a daily editorial column. More often than not, I stayed up too late composing a too-well-researched article, rather than spending 15 minutes summarizing the day’s events in typical blog style. Though this meant the project became more of an end than a means—my original intent was to use the site as a way to jump-start my creativity, not consume it—at least I was writing.

The close of 2003 also meant the end of “The Daily Strick,” since I had conceived it as a yearlong project from the start. But even now, I still get random emails from total strangers who find my articles in search engines, and the site receives a steady stream of new visits every day. After composing nearly 250 articles—100,000 words—I’ve published enough content on the Internet to draw in people who Google everything from aardvark to Zarathustra.

Browse the links to the right to read some of my favorite columns from the year of writing. Or explore the full oeuvre by visiting the Archives. It's been my pleasure to entertain, engage and exasperate you.

 

©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Best of the Daily Strick

1/16: Gulf War Memories
1/26:
Rondo alla Turca
1/28:
Edith Keeler Must Die
2/5:   
Pope: Potter No Problem
2/16:
Cold City
2/20:
A Man is a God in Ruins
2/23:
Peacemongering
2/28:
Rancho del Cielo
3/5:   
Beer Day
3/13:
Free, For Now
4/11:
Slow Glass
4/14:
Conspiracy Theory
4/26:
Hair Band Nostalgia
5/2:   
Baja Bound
5/30:
A Life Imagined
6/24:
America the Obese
9/12:
My Cup Runneth Over
9/23:
What Am I Doing at Work?
9/25:
Dreamscape
10/14:
The Business of Losing
10/23:
Reflections
10/27:
Ash Monday
12/12:
Old Memories

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