It’s the second week of my blogging challenge and how am I doing? Well, I haven’t quite yet, but I still haven’t wrote a post ahead so I’m always working on my posts about two hours before the midnight deadline. I guess I haven’t talked about that before. Another rule to this blogging challenge that I set myself is that I have to have the blog posted before midnight for the post to count for that day. This keeps me for putting it off and putting it off until this three in the morning on a work day and I just give myself permission to go to bed.
I’ve been down this road with these kinds of self challenges before so I know all of my sneaky tricks that I use to get out of them. It sounds like I don’t like writing doesn’t it? Like if I was so in love with this, why don’t I just easy bang out thousands of words at a go? Why all the games?
Because writing is hard. That is why I love it, but to do it well takes a lot of effort. You have to dig within yourself and find the Good Stuff that buried within a lot of just Okay Stuff. It’s not always the most fun process. Cupled with the fact that writing when you aren’t getting paid for it requires creating a habit within yourself. I have been very, very bad at this. Even in college when I was writing the most, I only did it a few days a month. And I still managed to write over 20 short stories in just a few years.
But the writing has been easy for the last few weeks. And something happened to me this week that should make things a lot easier: I got new glasses. Normally that shouldn’t impact writing but I haven’t had new glasses in about six years. In that time, my old ones had been screeched to hell and back, so it would get a little annoying to write at the computer for long periods of time. I could just focus on what I was doing and ignore the scratches but after a while It would get to me. More the fact that I hadn’t gotten around to fixing the damn things than my eyes, but both were in play.
As far as the other things I’ve been doing aside from just writing, adding the blog to StumbleUpon was one of the best things I could have done. My added readership has just about doubled, so if you have a blog, I highly recommend it. Look forward to me trying more things with the blog. I’m going to try finding some free pictures to add to posts so that they pop a little more. And I’m probably going to connect the blog to Google plus at the very least.
The challenge is going well so far. I’m at the halfway point so I think I might be able to do this one.