The challenge, should one choose to accept it, is to write 30 posts in 30 days.
As I read in Shane Nickerson’s blog via Wil Wheaton’s blog via my newsreader (got that?), this fellow Shane posted a few days back that he has decided to do a 30-blog-posts-in-30-days personal challenge. He came up with this 30-in-30 plan, it seems from the rules he laid out for his challenge, to motivate himself to write more regularly and with more thought to content than he has recently. And Wheaton spread the idea along through one of his posts, and challenged people reading his blog to do the same. It looks like people are taking up the challenge.
Writing a blog doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it’s really hard to think of something to write about. A lot of times, especially on a blog like this where stuff is more personal, there are enough things going on in everyday life that I can always manage to put pen to paper, metaphorically speaking. But some days, I draw a total blank. There are days when I get up and I have nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. There are days when I am so NOT motivated to write anything. Days when I am sick, or tired, or busy, or whatever. And on my other blogs, where research and forethought are required, it is much harder. I really struggle sometimes to find content that inspires me to write or, in the case of my volleyball blog, write something in some way that doesn’t bore people to death.
So I think it’s an interesting challenge, and I’m going to do it, starting tomorrow. I think it will be a good exercise for me. I’m usually pretty good at writing most days and not skipping too many, but there are things I’d like to improve on. I need to do it for a few reasons, not least of which is the continued motivation. If there’s a goal, I want to try to live up to it. But also, it’ll help with keeping my focus. Instead of coming to my computer and faffing around looking for a topic or inspiration, I hope this will get me into a better routine of writing and research.
But I am going to need to set some of my own rules for myself. Maybe “rules” is the wrong word; possibly “ideas” or “guidelines” would be better. I don’t want this challenge to be a chore. I want it to help expand what I am doing now and make me a better writer.
So, 30 posts in 30 days. Could you do it? If you have a blog, give it a try.
We shall see if I can. (Eep. No pressure…)