I sat down to my WordPress dashboard to decide between working away on a draft post, or starting a new one. Hey, said the little voice, how long have we been at this? I did a check and made the following discovery:
I pretty much kept this going for one year.
Remember, this whole things started as a way to keep writing. Lately the output has slowed down-a lot. While I feel better, I felt tapped out in the ideas department. It hasn’t stopped me from reading, and boy have I been reading. My GoodReads goal is 42 books, basically my age this year. As of this post, I find myself 43 percent behind. On the bright side it’s less than 50%. On an even brighter side, it means some long, overdue Book Talk posts.
While it’s great to hear people follow the blog, the next step is the fiction output. Before a leaf falls off a tree, National Novel Writing Month will roll around. It’s a different sort of writing contest to get people writing. The mission, if you are crazy enough to accept it, is write a 50,000 word story in 30 days. NaNoWriMo gets me going writing fiction for now. I know that approach can’t go on forever. It took a long time to get some rust off my motivation.
I didn’t think I was any good.
It’s a typical story, but one I feel determined write my own ending. The best part about keeping the blog is the fun. I forgot how much I enjoy writing. I enjoy talking about various topics. Now I need to expand, to bust myself out of my own box. When the call went out to guest blog, I took a look at the blog, then asked the author himself what topics does he usually cover. After getting a response, once again I sat frozen. Once again the fear of falling flat on my face took hold. Good news-it doesn’t stay for very long. I already looked like an idiot on more than one occasion, noticing nobody seemed to notice. I just seemed to notice.
So, raise your imaginary glasses to the keeping this up for one year. Now to keep going for another one.