One Year, 188 Questions

On February 15th 2009 I decided instead of posting personal status updates on facebook I would ask a daily question. That year has already gone by.  What started out as an experiment turned into a wonderful experience and a lovely habit.  I have gotten to know my friends better, had wonderful conversations and learned new stuff.  I have also noticed friends from totally different circles having conversations with each other which I think is an awesome thing.  Originally it was just a way to avoid the dullness of the status update or negativity and to start a conversation, it has done all of that and more.

I would like to thank everyone who has answered a question.

And today’s Question : Q.o.t.D:  What do you think of the Q.o.t.D, should I go on for another year?

Here are all 188 questions.  They are listed in reverse chronological order, the very first question is the one at the bottom.  You can always use these as conversation starters or ice breakers.

  • Q.o.t.D: A goal without a plan is just a wish. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery. What is your goal for today and what is your wish?

  • Q.o.t.D: Are you better at starting something, working on something or finishing something?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you were to give a book to your significant other, what would it be?

  • Q.o.t.D: How do you feel about the new facebook user interface?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your favorite company slogan? (E.g. Etlob aktar akeed fe aktar, Pepsi)

  • Q.o.t.D: Have you seen 1000 mabrouk? What did you think the moral was?

  • Q.o.t.D: Are you afraid of karma?

  • Q.o.t.D: Why do the Arabs hate the Egyptians?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your favorite comic strip?

  • Q.o.t.D: What have you owned for a long time, don’t really need but still can’t get rid of?

  • q.o.t.d: Have you been nice for no reason to anyone today?

  • Q.o.t.D: .if you were a fruit what would you be?

  • q.o.t.d. On a scale of 1 to 10 do you think Egypt can become a better country? How and Why?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your desktop wallpaper? How often do you change it?

  • Q.o.t.D: What do you wish you could see more often in the street? (e.g. Smiling people in the streets)

  • Q.o.t.D. 2009 in one word.

  • Q.o.t.D. What resolutions did you keep from 2009?

  • Q.o.t.D: What’s your favorite movie quote of all time?

  • Q.o.t.D: Do women lie more about their weight or their age?

  • Q.o.t.D: What was the best and worst things that happened in 2009?

  • Q.o.t.D: My lovely cousin Injy Gamal asked for a special QOTD. She said “”Since it is also copenhagen climate conference. I am really interestd to know about the level of awarenss in Egypt and how drastic the climate problem is and what we simple ppl can do in our daily lives to help make a change””. So people what do you think?

  • Q.o.t.D: Today is human rights day. What right do you think we really don’t exercise in Egypt and would like to see being implemented?

  • Q.o.t.D: Do you think being a woman is a disadvantage?

  • Q.o.t.D: What do you think of the statement, “some people do not deserve happiness”?

  • q.o.t.d.: what do you know about Sudan?

  • Q.o.t.D: How old or young do you feel?

  • Q.o.t.D.: What did you do this Eid? What was the best thing about the vacation?

  • Q.o.t.D: There are 2 ducks in front of 2 other ducks. There are 2 ducks behind 2 other ducks. There are 2 ducks beside 2 other ducks. How many ducks are there?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you were to buy me a birthday present tomorrow what would you get me? Heheheh it is my birthday and the world revolves around me.

  • Q.o.t.D: Do you believe in aliens? Would you want to meet them? What would they look like?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month what show would you choose?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you were a microbus/taxi driver what would you write on the back of your vehicle?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you had the money, would you start your own business? What would it be?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you could receive one small package this very moment, what would be in it and who would it be from?

  • Q.o.t.D: Quoting Gihan Mahmoud “looking around, finding that almost everyone she knows feel kinda ‘lost’, ‘distressed’ ‘confused’ or ‘on a diet’.” Do you feel that way?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your current favorite movie?

  • Q.o.t.D: What was your prized posession as a child?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you could be any age again for one week, what age would you be?

  • Q.o.t.D: What’s your favorite room in the house?

  • Q.o.t.D: “”More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them.”” Harold J. Smith. Do you learn from your mistakes? Do you deny them?

  • Q.o.t.D: What was the worst song that got stuck in your head (an earworm)?

  • Q.o.t.D: When was the last time you received a handwritten letter?

  • Q.o.t.D: What are you really grateful for today?

  • Q.o.t.D.: What is your multi-million dollar idea? (Yes, I can have two questions if I want)

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your favorite children’s book?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is the dumbest thing you have done recently?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you could create a magic pill that cured a disease, what disease would you cure?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your favourite thing about winter?

  • Q.o.t.D: When something bothers you, do you find it easy to express yourself?

  • Q.o.t.D: What was the first thought that popped in your head when you woke up this morning?

  • Q.o.t.D: Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

  • Q.o.t.D: What has been your most life changing event yet?

  • Q.o.t.D: What can’t you leave the house without (three things)?

  • Q.o.t.D: What do you usually eat for breakfast?

  • Q.o.t.D: What are you reading these days? I just finished Outliers and loved it.

  • Q.o.t.D: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your greatest extravagance?

  • Q.o.t.D: How was your Eid?

  • Q.o.t.D.:If you had an imaginary friend, what would their name be?

  • Q.o.t.D: Are you waiting for Farag?

  • Q.o.t.D: What are you doing this Eid? What is your favorite Eid memory?

  • Q.o.t.D: What will you be praying for the most in the last 10 days of Ramadan?

  • Q.o.t.D: What was the best gift you ever got?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your favorite time waster?

  • Q.o.t.D: What are you grateful for today?

  • Q.o.t.D: What do you do on Saturdays?

  • Q.o.t.D: Which loss is more difficult to deal with, your wallet or your phone?

  • Q.o.t.D: If you could have Iftar with anyone, who would you choose?

  • Q.o.t.D: Bema en masr om el donyaØŒ meen aboha?

  • Q.o.t.D.: What is your favorite Ramadanian dessert?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your favorite memory of Ramadan?

  • Q.o.t.D: What kind of impression do you like to leave on people?

  • Q.o.t.D: Are you proud of being an Egyptian (or whatever) and why?

  • Q.o.t.D:How do u like your coffee?

  • Q.o.t.D.: What is your favorite fruit?

  • Q.o.t.D: Which item in ur wardrobe is your favorite?

  • Q.o.t.D: What is your strongest sense?

  • QotD: What did you learn that turned out to be really useful in life, that you didn’t think was important at the time?

  • QotD: What is your most treasured possession?

  • Q.o.t.D: You won a prize either you get 10 $ in cash or a mystery gift worth 50$ which u might not like, which prize would you choose?

  • Q.o.t.D.: If you had the opportunity to have a country named in your behalf what would you like it to be called?

  • Q.o.t.D.: You were just given a yacht. What would you name it?

  • Q.o.t.D. : “”It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”” -Aristotle. What do you think of the quote? Can you entertain a thought even if you don’t accept it?

  • Q.o.t.D.: Are you a talker or a listener? Is it ever possible to really be both?

  • Q.o.t.D.: If you were writing your memoirs, what would you call the chapter for the current period in your life?

  • QotD: If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?

  • QotD: Describe yourself in 3 words.

  • QotD: What dish would you like to learn how to cook?

  • QotD: If you had to be a teacher of something, what would you teach?

  • QotD: If you were a smurf, what would your name be?

  • QotD: If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?

  • QotD: If you were given an opportunity to be born again, what kind of person would you choose to be?

  • QotD: Would you act or think differently if you were living in a different country?

  • QotD: If you could have a tattoo, what would it be?

  • QotD: What do you do now, that you hated as a child? {Inspired by Lasto’s post http://is.gd/1gEPv }

  • QotD: Which would you choose; a job you love or a job with more money?

  • QotD: Describe your shoes.

  • QotD: What is the current ringtone on your cellphone? Why?

  • QotD: When you first looked at yourself in the mirror this morning, what did you think?

  • Bonus QotD: Why do you think we lost yesterday? {real question later}

  • QotD: If you were an animal what would you want to be and why? {courtesy of Reem}

  • QotD: What trait in yourself that you would hate to pass onto your children?

  • QotD: What are your life’s mission and vision statements?

  • QotD: What do you consider your greatest achievement? (Two questions today, because I felt like it)

  • QotD: What is your favorite font?

  • QotD: Think “”happy thoughts””. What are you thinking of?

  • QotD: If you were a cartoon character who would you be?

  • QotD: What is the birth order in your family? Do you think it has an affect on your personality?

  • QotD: You have a magic wand, what spell would you cast?

  • QotD: What question do you hate being asked?

  • QotD: If you could live in any city in the world, where would you like to live?

  • QotD: Every new “”Today”” seems more anxious than ever. Do you find more solace in “”Yesterday”” or “”Tomorrow””? Why?

  • QotD: If you were a character in an Egyptian black and white movie, what would it be and which character would you like to play?

  • QotD: Do you consider yourself Liberal or Conservative?

  • QotD: What is your favourite item of clothing or accessory in your wardrobe?

  • QotD: What do you regret most not doing?

  • QotD: What lesson did your father teach you that still helps you in life?

  • QotD: If you could leave notes for the future, what message would you have left in the past for today?

  • QotD: What compliment are you most often given?

  • QotD: What is your favorite comfort food?

  • QotD: If you could change ONE thing in Egyptians, what would you change?

  • QotD: Your house is on fire, what item do you grab before you go out the door ? (assuming there are no living beings in the house other than urself)

  • If I gave you 1,000,000£ to invest, What would u invest in?

  • QotD: Pepsi or Coke?

  • QotD: Money or Power?

  • You know you are a mom when you get puked twice and all you want to do is hug the baby to make her feel better while both of u are covered in baby puke.

  • QotD: What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

  • QotD: If you could paint, what picture would you paint?

  • QotD: Why did your parents name you what they did? Would you change your name?

  • QotD: What are 3 things you have learned from a friend/spouse/relative ?

  • QotD: Why do you think countries below the equator have waged less wars than countries above the equator? (Courtesy of Lubna Rustom)

  • QotD: When you are really stressed, how do you destress?

  • QotD: If you could build or make something what would you make?

  • QotD: If your fairy godmother appeared and said she would grant you one wish, what would you wish for?

  • QotD: “”Life is … … …”” Please complete the sentence.

  • QotD: What do you wish other people knew about you.

  • QotD: Is it easier to make friends now or when you were younger? How long have you known your best friend?

  • QotD: If you were a TV channel what would you be?

  • QotD: What is your mission statement for life? Here’s some help if you feel stuck http://www.timethoughts.com/goalsetting/mission-statements.htm

  • QotD: What is your question for today?

  • QotD: What is your favorite Tv show of all time?

  • QotD: What was the most life changing event in your life?

  • QotD: If you were president, what are three things you would do or change?

  • QotD: Are you environmentally conscious?

  • QotD: What three things do you regret not learning to do?

  • QotD: How have you changed from the person you were 1 year ago?

  • QotD: You are at the beach, someone is drowning and screams for help, you don’t know how to swim, do you jump in and try your best or do you call for help?

  • QotD: What is the one dream you haven’t accomplished yet? (Courtesy of Reem Gamal)

  • QotD: If you were a mythical creature what would you be?

  • QotD: What is the best advice you have ever been given?

  • QotD: What would you rather be doing right now?

  • QotD: What is your favorite word?

  • QotD: What are you afraid of doing?

  • QotD: If you were shampoo, what would you be?

  • QotD: What do you love the most about yourself?

  • QotD: In life what have you done, that other people probably haven’t?

  • QotD: If you could ask one person, anything? Who would you ask and what?

  • QotD: If you were a bumper sticker, what would you say?

  • QotD: What do you bring most to a friendship?

  • QotD: If you had a time machine what time period would you like to visit?

  • QotD: What would you do if you won 10 million £?

  • QotD: What is the quickest false assumption people make about you?

  • QotD: What is your biggest fear?

  • QotD: What is the most important invention that you have been using in the last ten years? (Courtesy of Reem Gamal)

  • Is there a cure for repressed anger?

  • QotD: On a scale of 1 to 10, how well are you understood by other people (1 being totally clear and 10 being completely misunderstood)?

  • QotD: What was the last song you put on repeat and listened to over and over again?

  • QotD: In one word, how would you describe yourself?

  • QotD: What is the one word that perfectly describes your day today?

  • When life gives you lemons, learn how to make lemon meringue pie.

  • QotD: What is your personal motto?

  • QotD: What do you want to be famous for?

  • : If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would you lunch with?

  • : If you were a book, which book would you like to be?

  • : If you were a tree what kind would you be? Would you bear fruit? Would you have flowers? What would they look like?

  • If you were a flavour, what would you be?

  • How normal are you on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is marginally abnormal and 10 is totally abnormal?

  • Would you rather have the ability to rewind time or fast forward it.

  • Q. Ot D. If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?

  • Q.ot D. If your life were a movie show, what would it be?

  • has a Question for you: If you were a color what would you be?

  • has a question for you today; what is your dream job?

  • Today’s Q : What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever said to someone?

  • Question of the Day: If you could ask any question in the world and get a true answer, who and what would you ask?

  • Question of the Day : If you knew you were about to lose your voice permanently, what is the last thing you would want to say?

  • Today’s Question: What challenges in life have you conquered and emerged from a better person?

  • Would you rather be smarter or prettier?

  • If you could have one or the other, would you want an extra hour each day or an extra pair of arms all day every day?

http://www.chocolatemintsinajar.com/blog/2009/04/why-i-ask-questions-instead-of-update-my-status/

9 Comments

  • At 2010.02.14 11:12, Ola said:

    I like!! like reeaaaaaaaaaaaaally like!!

    • At 2010.02.14 15:42, jessyz said:

      hehehehe I am glad you do 😀

      • At 2010.02.14 11:20, Sandi said:

        Truly thought provoking. I love the idea, and I’m contemplating on implementing it too. :)

        In answer to today’s QOTD: yes, you should go on for another year!

        • At 2010.02.14 15:43, jessyz said:

          Please give it a try, you never know what you might learn about your friends or yourself.

          And I am definitely giving it another shot, although I am aiming for 250 questions this year. ISA.

          • At 2010.02.14 20:44, almondjoycie said:

            Great idea! I would love it also if you took the time sometime to give us the best responses. This is the stuff that makes social networking, well, social networking!

            • At 2010.02.15 13:01, jessyz said:

              I would love to but unfortunately I can’t find a way to export the comments too. I tried doing it manually once and almost hung myself.

              • At 2010.02.15 00:55, Amira AK said:

                these are really cool. i definitely think you should go on for another year, though i can never follow them because we don’t have FB at work anymore and by the end of the day i’m too tired to log on. but looking through this extremely interesting list, i can imagine a wealth of intriguing answers.. did you ever keep a record of them?

                • At 2010.02.15 13:08, jessyz said:

                  I tried to keep a record but couldn’t.

                  I love the conversations that take place most of all.

                  • At 2010.02.15 14:09, inas said:

                    yalla iam waitting for the book