In the last 2-3 months I’ve written two blogs posts (this one and this one) dedicated to a recent pet project of mine: a blog 365 project I started back in April called Whose Line 365, sharing YouTube clips of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on a daily basis for a year. Unfortunately it’s time to put WL365 out to pasture, way before its time, only 1/5th-ish of the way through its journey.
You see, Warner Bros. Entertainment – the copyright owners of the US-side of the show – have started to request that YouTube blocks clips of its show. I’ll admit that the reason that I went ahead with WL365 was because for years they didn’t seem to care that WLIIA clips were being shared on YouTube – just my luck that they start to care now, but I can’t exactly argue. Regardless… given the fact that a) the majority of the clips available online are for the US version of the show, b) they’re starting to disappear one-by-one with no sign of stopping, c) I don’t want to get into any trouble for sharing them and d) I’m insanely busy in other aspects of my life as it is, I’ve decided to pull the plug on the project.
R.I.P. Whose Line 365. It was fun while it lasted. You may have been a Mochrie, but you went out in Stile(s). Take Care(y).
In early April I started a blog 365 project: Whose Line 365, a blog dedicated to sharing a Whose Line Is It Anyway? clip from YouTube every day for a year. As it’s just hit its 50th post, I wanted to go into the reason why I started it and also what I’ve learnt so far from the experience.
Well… the first part – the reason – is as simple as this: I love the show. The blog’s About page reveals how I came up with the idea to do it as a blog 365 project:
I once joked with my wife that “watching a Whose Line clip a day is good for the soul.” As a keen blogger elsewhere, the light-bulb moment happened, and the rest should be obvious!
I’ve had a lot of fun doing it so far. Watching a clip a day – or a few in one go – has been awesome. I was watching clips regularly anyway, so it’s not really that much more effort to grab the YouTube embed code and throw it up as a blog post.
That said, I can’t believe I’m only 1/7th of the way through it all. It already feels like I’ve been doing it forever! Even this early on I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and so I wanted to share my experiences so far as well as advice for those thinking of doing a blog 365 project of their own!
Make sure it’s viable
If you’re doing a blog 365 project that’s similar in nature to mine then make sure that there’s actually enough material to last 365 days. Fortunately for me, there’s a ridiculous amount of WLIIA scenes on YouTube. I mean crikey – I could probably do 365 clips of just Party Quirks scenes alone!
I’ve been busy! I’ve just launched a pet project called Whose Line 365: a blog 365 project where I’ll be sharing a clip of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (both the UK and US versions) each and every day. It started on 6th April and will continue until 5th April 2014.
If you’re a fan of WLIIA, why not check it out? If you want to be updated as-and-when posts are published, then follow it on Twitter: @WhoseLine365