I am about to embark on one of those write for 30 days straight challenges that I generally elect not to participate in because I know somewhere down the 30 day line I will fall off the challenge. You see, I can be sort of a stick in the mud when it comes to blog writing. For me, a blog post that has not been laid out and rewritten at least two times on paper is something that generally won’t make the light of day on my blog. Thus for me to crank out a blog post when I am crunched for time, which lately has been everyday, is something that has stalled this blog, a blog I had such high hopes would become an outlet for me to share my thoughts, dreams, hopes, frustrations, and joy with anyone so inclined to read it. While I would love nothing other than to blame my stalled writing on my present day hell (otherwise known as my job), I’m afraid that a large part of this angst is my fault as I need to learn to let go of my “perfectionist” ways when it comes to blog writing and get back to blog writing just for the sheer joy of blog writing. In practice, this means giving myself permission to write about everything and anything without worrying about length, relevance, or subject matter. Now, this does not mean that I will begin writing blog posts that are the equivalent of tweets, “I am eating pasta.” I sincerely hope to write something a little more meaty than that during this 30 day challenge. Essentially, I want to shed my irksome need to “perfectly” lay out what I post on my blog. My problem is that I tend to over- think a blog entry to the point where I am spending inordinate amounts of time trying to put all the pieces together when at least half of that time should be spent actually drafting an entry. To clarify, writing with total abandon is not what I am hinting at here. What one communicates should flow and make sense. However, striving to be coherent, and hopefully entertaining, should not involve delaying opportunities to write blog entries.
All in all, I hope that this challenge will lead me back into the habit of writing more frequently. I used to write virtually everday, but for various reasons, I have let something that I adore doing take the back seat to things like my distress over my job coupled with a whole host of personal sagas. For 30 days, I am going to throw all of these barriers to the curb and write. A coworker has agreed to help me along this challenge by checking in to see if I have written a blog post for the day. Being that I have been so pressed for time lately, my coworker and I have agreed that on some days my blog posts may consist of a few random tidbits from my stream of consciousness. The important thing is to write. So, with all of this in view, I am ready (I think) to set out to write. One day down, 29 days to go….