Yes, I’m taking the 365-days-of-blogging plunge.
You know that old saying about the definition of insanity that’s often attributed to Albert Einstein? “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Over the last decade or so, I’ve been guilty of this kind of insanity, and all last month I’ve been thinking about what to do to change things up.
And I realized one thing I really want to do is to blog more often. More consistently. And more meaningfully.
I thought I’d encounter more resistance to writing this post than I actually did. I knew I’d have to write it today – or be behind before I even started – and here it is only 6:30 pm and all I’ve done to procrastinate are: do my social media addiction thing on my phone for three hours, clean my desk, upgrade my WordPress installation to the latest version, add in a new newsletter subscribe form and change to a new template. And look! I have things to fix with the template, and yet what am I doing?
I’m writing this post.
By the way, I’m quite proud of the work I did cleaning my desk. It might have been for the purposes of procrastination, but it was well worth it:
And no, I didn’t do it my usual way (find an empty box and cram everything into it, then stuff the lid on and put it in a corner where it sits and collects dust for a year). I actually handled every single thing on my desk and found a new place to put it! I’m really quite amazed at myself.
So, procrastination out of the way, I’m ready now to formally declare my commitment to this new self-challenge: 365 days of blogging.
I couldn’t, however, commit to 365 days of blogging without some caveats. So here they are:
- While my intention is to blog every day, I refuse to write up a more or less meaningless post just because I need to post something and the well’s run dry.
- Which means my commitment is to 365 days of blogging, but I’m not going to make myself go crazy and say it’s going to be 365 days of consecutive blogging. There will be days I’ll miss. I’ve already accepted that – it’s built in as part of the whole scheme.
- And while the intention driving this whole self-challenge is writing a blog post every day, if I have days where I’m feeling particularly prolific (or wordy, depending on how you want to look at it), I may write extra posts and keep them on hand for those days when I come up blank and can only think of something really meaningless to blog about. Right off the bat, I know this might happen when I’m looking at the stack of books I’ve read and want to talk about.
You can see the other daily habits I’ll be tracking this month: writing, blogging, brainstorming, meditation, photo-a-day and create. Although I think I might start the creating habit a little later in the month.
Why now? Why not wait until January 1?
This is a good question, and one I asked myself when I first realized I wanted to commit to this challenge. One thing I’ve learned recently (better late than never, right?) is the value of being prepared. When it comes to plunging into ideas, I’ve always valued spontaneity, but lately I’ve been learning that preparation doesn’t have to be the antithesis of spontaneity – and in fact, the two play very well together.
And that’s why I’m starting this challenge in December. It’ll be a hectic month, and so my caveats may come into play a little more often than I might like, but the thing is, December really is the month for preparing to leave the old year behind and embrace the new year. This is the month I’ll be thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2015, the new habits I want to form, the things I want to do, the things I no longer want to be doing, my One Word for the year (I have an inkling already what that word will be).
In other words, this is the month I’ll be exploring all the ways I’m going to stop the insanity, stop doing all the same things and expecting different results. Decide how I’m going to drive the changes in my life from the inside out. And it seems to me, not only is regular blogging step one in the process, but it’s also a pretty good way to document my explorations.
So fingers crossed – here I go: 365 days of blogging!