30 Days of Shamelessness: Days 1-4
I’d point out that I’m epically behind in the 30 Days of Shamelessness — but to do so would undermine my Totally Accurate Claim that there is no wrong way to participate in this project. Consecutive days, shunschmecutive days.
So, shameless participant Libby Block referred to the 30dos as a “wonderfully creative exercise in silliness” — which I think sums up this first week marvelously well. It’s true (and this has been discussed a bit on the Facebook page), that — for many of us — there are some significantly more “challenging” challenges ahead than behind. (Consider, for instance, the varying weight between “holding yourself accountable for something crap you’ve done to someone else” and — y’know — owning your favorite “bad” television show.)
Speaking of which:
But, despite the apparent simplicity of these first few tasks — and the fact that they’ve been — gasp! — more fun than fear-inducing, I do think they carry some weight. The notion that important work cannot, on occasion, be fun always tends to strike me as an excuse to play killjoy. As necessary as it is to, say, bawl openly or focus all our rage — I think it’s also necessary to embrace the ridiculous and hilarious within.
To, in essence, shake our booties, shake-shake:
Of course, all that booty-shaking requires us to focus extra attention on remaining properly nourished.
And properly rested, o’course.
I have to say, the response to this project has totally blown me away. On Facebook alone, we’re up to 96 FRICKING SHAMELESS participants. There is additional awesomesauce taking place on Twitter and Tumblr, as well as throughout the larger blogosphere. I want to do some sort of participation round-up, so you can bounce your way through some of the incredibleness I’ve witnessed, but for now, here’s a completely-non-representative and admittedly-biased-in-favor-of-folks-I’m-related-to taste of what’s gone on:
And in case that isn’t quite enough evidence of what Hank Green (the man behind both “Shake-a-Booty” and my current favorite love song, “Adult Female”) calls “the power and importance of the silly,” here’s a non-30dos video that thoroughly embraces both: