100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 1: Opening Ceremonies with Dave Fox
By Dave Fox
Welcome to the “100 Hours of Humo(u)r” global online party on Globejotting.com! It’s 10 p.m. here in Singapore and we kick things off with my sleep-deprived opening video ceremonies.
They are quiet ceremonies. This is because I am dreadfully sleep deprived right now — not a great place to be when kicking off a 100-hour online event, but perhaps as these hundred hours wear on, once I end up face down in a puddle of my own drool, you’ll have a few laughs.
It’s 10 p.m. here in Singapore, and every hour for the next 100 hours, my goal is to upload new humor-related content every hour. Some hours will feature quick humor blurbs. Others will feature humor writing tips. We’ve got four humor writing contests coming up over these next 100 hours, and a lot more.
In hindsight, this has been one of my dumber ideas. It’s been a very busy month with a trip to India (stories coming in the next hundred hours), and a major overhaul of my online humor writing course. I asked Kattina (my wife) if she thought this would be a good idea — because she’s always honest with me when she thinks I have dumb ideas.
To my surprise, her response was, “I love it.”
I might have left out the part about a new blog post each hour for 100 hours.
In any case, Kattina was very excited about this event and even went to work creating the fun logos you’ll see on the Globejotting homepage over the next 100 hours. But then, she saw what this was doing to me. She watched me descend into a quivering, sleep-deprived wreck. So she kindly cooked me a big tray of enchiladas, and has now fled to Indonesia for the weekend, where she will be sipping cocktails on a small, serene island rather than having to contend with me.
My original goal was to have around 50 of these hundred posts pre-written and ready to upload. In reality, I’ve got about 20 or 30 of them ready, and only three are actually laid out so far. So whether I actually pull off this cheap and tawdry publicity stunt remains to be seen. I will be sleeping periodically, with posts uploading automatically during those times.
With that in mind, before we go any further, allow me to say this in my defense:
Do not expect my best writing over the next 100 hours, and if spelling errors and other typos freak you out, you might prefer to go read the dictionary. On one level, I’m seeing this as a personal challenge, a learning experience in which I can let go of some of my writer’s perfectionism and just have fun slamming out lots of material.
On another level, I really just want to have a beer and go to bed.
But I am here people! It’s 10 p.m. in Singapore right now, early morning in North America, and other times in other places, I suppose. Check back frequently over the next few days to see how bad this actually gets. We will have some fun “flash humor writing contests every day for the next four days, with the first one starting within the next couple of hours.
In conclusion, please allow me to reiterate: This is a cheap and tawdry publicity stunt.
My ulterior motive for doing this is to unveil my new and improved online humor writing class, “Professional Humor Secrets for Writers, Speakers & Other Misfits.” I’ve been offering this online writing workshop for a couple of years, but this new version is a budget-friendly and improved iteration including new audio lessons to go with the previous printed ones, more flexibility than before (you can do it at your own pace, whenever you like, instead of on specific dates) and access to the new “Globejotters’ Lounge, our online humor lab and chat room for all of my writing students. It has just gone on sale with the start of this “100 Hours” mess, and will be available at a big discount until we hit hour 100. You’ll find more details on my Online Humor Writing Class page.
On that note, please enjoy my opening keynote speech for this prestigious event. Thanks for stopping by. And please, don’t try this at home.