My post last week was my 10th post. I have done 10 in 10 weeks, and I managed to post all 10 by my self-imposed deadline of Monday by 8:10 pm…plus/minus 20 minutes or so on some occasions (which I believe is known as the ‘allowable new-parent buffer’). Why is this 10 in 10 weeks significant to me? Because when I started this venture of having a blog, I committed myself to writing 10 posts in 10 weeks…and all by my deadline. And I feel pretty good that I managed to accomplish it…but it was not easy.
I learnt a few things along the way.
- Writing is hard.
- Writing consistently is even harder, and
- Trying to think up something interesting to write about consistently is even harder than that.
My level of success with #3 is arguable. I probably succeeded on some posts, and may have failed miserably on others. But regardless, I am pretty happy with at least most of the stuff I have shared on here. And I am grateful for many of the replies, comments, and nice words of encouragement that I have received from various people along the way.
I have a new found respect for people who write regularly, and put out consistent stuff that others actually want to read. It is hard, and it requires a level of dedication, creativity, and a certain “who cares” attitude. Especially those you are able to write about themselves and are able to swallow their pride and ego in doing so. Much respect to those people who have a willingness to share in hopes that people can relate to their stories, and that their stories might provide some help or comfort in different ways.
So I guess officially this makes post #11 (kind of cheating – as I am writing a blog post about writing blog posts?). I hit and surpassed my goal of 10! Now that I have hit that goal, I have struggled a bit recently with what to do next. Keep going and do my best to write every week? Keep racking my brain every week in hopes that I have a great epiphany of what to write next? Or maybe give myself some slack…and lift my Monday 8:10 pm weekly deadline…and just blog when it feels right…and I have something that I feel the need to share.
As I play these various scenarios out in my head, that last option has been sounding more and more enticing to me. Besides, who am I really accountable too? If this blog was a business, the “owner” is the guy who this site is named after, and the only employee (more like volunteer) is that exact same guy. So c’mon, be a good boss…lift the deadline, take a vacation (un-paid of course) if you want, and come back to this when you are refreshed, energized, and ready to write!
So I think that is what I am going to do. And by making this decision, it’s as if this imaginary sense of pressure is off of me. No more weekly deadline. But I still plan to write on here, because I think I actually manage to come up with some decent stuff sometimes. This post here, and this one too being a couple of examples of my personal favourites so far. But I am giving myself some relief, and relaxing on my deadline. In fact I no longer have a deadline at all. I am going to allow myself to write weekly if I want…maybe monthly…maybe more or maybe less…who knows how often moving forward. I will blog whenever I feel I have that compelling (or not so compelling) story/ thought/ metaphor I want to share.
I plan on keeping this site going because it has given me this weird sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishment by doing it. But if you have become a “dedicated fan” (haha – rigghhtttt) of the content here, and have certain expectations of reading something once a week, well I apologize for breaking the routine, and I hope you still read when I do come up with something new. In fact, you can sign up for the email notifications, and I will let you know exactly when I have something new posted.
So I managed to hit my goal of 10 posts in 10 weeks. I am going to give myself a cyber pat on the back for that- congrats to me! Writing a blog was something completely new, totally different, and something I never would have imagined myself doing 10, 5, or even 1 year ago. So I am happy I accomplished this feat I set out to finish. For now, I have some other goals that I want to focus more energy towards. And maybe the journey to accomplish those are what I will actually write about in the future. But by completing this specific 10 posts in 10 week challenge, I hopefully can use it as a spring-board to provide me a bit of momentum, and confidence moving forward that I can take on newer and larger challenges.
Set yourself a goal, do what you need to do to accomplish it, acknowledge and celebrate the victories, and move on and attack the next one.
The other great thing about this blog is, I can come back and read that last line as a reminder over and over again. Thank you to all those who continue to read…’till next time.