What makes a good project?
So many things! Depends on what you're looking to get out of it. Want to build your portfolio? Write a book? Practice a skill or get better at using a tool? Just have fun? Get clear on what you want out of the project.
Once you have an idea, here are some practical tips:
Can you give feedback on my project idea?
No, sorry. See above for tips on picking a good project and watch the Q&A from last year here for more guidance. This year's Q&A will be Sunday, March 22nd 9-10AM Pacific on Instagram Live here.
But what if I have no idea what to do?
What are you curious about? What do you love to do just because? What do you want to get better at? Brainstorm with a friend. Look it up on the internet. What have other people done that you find interesting? Or maybe your project is 100 days of figuring out what to do. That's cool! Another good place to start is by thinking about what you want to get out of doing the project. Download our reflection guide here for some helpful prompts to get you going.
Why should I do the project?
We’re not that into should around here. Do you want to do the project? That’s a great reason. Other great reasons: because taking five minutes out of the day to do something just because you love it is pretty radical. Because creative confidence is earned through practice. Because inspiration shows up when you do. Or just…because.
What makes a good hashtag?
Something unique and specific. The first year I did the project my hashtag was #100DaysOfPhotography, which was neither unique nor specific. If I want to find those posts, I have to scroll all the way back to 2015. A lifetime ago! Search what you're thinking about using and see what shows up. You might want to try something else if it already has a lot of posts.
What if I'm not on Instagram?
Then you're not on Instagram. You can sign up. Or post on another platform instead. Take a picture just for yourself. Do what works for you. And…part of the project is putting your work out there. It’s vulnerable, we get it. You get to set whatever boundaries you want around where and how you share your art.
What if I'm not an Artist?
Ooh, trick question. We’re all artists. Yeah, really. You don’t have to think of yourself as one (yet), or even think of yourself as being particularly creative. A lot of us have complicated relationships with our creativity. We’ll work on it. You just have a desire to practice something and a willingness to commit to it for 100 days.
What if I miss the start date?
Any day is a good day to start your own #The100DayProject. Try reaching out to a few friends or posting on the social platform of your choice looking for co-participants.
Is it okay to change my project once I start?
Anything is okay, it's your project. The rules are made up. Here's the deal: sometimes it's worthwhile to work through something. Sometimes it's better to cut your losses and walk away. What's right for you right now? Only you know.
Can I do works in progress?
What if I miss a day?
Most people miss a day (a lot of days). Sometimes people take a year or two to finish their project. However many days it takes you to do your project is perfect. Don't stress, do what you can, and have fun with it. This isn't meant to make you feel bad. Make it work for you.
Is the project taking place in other countries or languages?
Yeah! People from all around the world take place in this version. Want to create a page or site in another language? Send it to us and we'd be happy to share. For now, we've also got the Netherlands.
Where do I listen to the podcast?
On the podcast tab of the website or most major platforms.
Who started #The100DayProject?
Michael Bierut! Read his reflections on the project or listen to our interview with him here. Elle and friends brought it to Instagram in 2014 and Lindsay started co-leading with Elle in 2017.
What if I have other questions?
Most answers can be found here, by signing up for the newsletter, watching the Q&A, following @lindsayjeanthomson, or looking up the hashtag #the100dayproject on Instagram.
Who's running this?
This year it's LJT, with a lot of love and encouragement from Elle and other talented friends. That's me. In addition to leading #The100DayProject, I'm a writer and cofounder of Women Catalysts. In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, a bizarre yet life-affirming experience I chronicled for VICE.
How can I support the project?
We're so glad you asked!