First Month Down, 31 Posts

January 31, 2017

The first month of 12 is over for my personal “365 days of writing challenge” and I’m already feeling the benefits.

I haven’t written any particularly genius posts yet, but that’s not the point. I’ve managed to get into the habit of writing a published piece daily for the first time in a number of years. I’ve gone back to being inspired almost every day. I am now in the habit of finding potential content for my writing projects (even beyond this blog) in everyday experiences. One month in, and I’ve already re-trained some of my writing muscles. I can’t wait to see where I am at the end of this, and I am even more excited to experience the process.

This feels almost like journaling, although it’s certainly not as raw as the journals I kept for so many years. Now that I think about it, when I kept regular diaries, I was always highly inspired to work on my other (fictional) writing.  I can already feel myself getting back to that place mentally.

This first month has not been easy. There are days when I come home from work exhausted, and wonder what the fuck I got myself into. Early on, I thought to myself, more than a few times, that I’d stupidly committed to the impossible. I am now feeling confident and ready to ride out the rough days – and you’d better believe there will be more tough days. As usual, it looks like hurling myself off the proverbial cliff, out of my comfort zone, will be a great gift to myself.

Thanks to everyone who is tagging along for the ride, I hope to entertain you, at least some of the time!


This daily post thing is rough

January 8, 2017

Guys, I have only been at this 365 daily post thing for just over a week, but wow. This is hard.

My main goal is to post some content daily, and force myself to flex my writing muscles on a daily basis. So far, so good, but everytime I look back at any posts, I want to throw up. I’m happy that I’m making the daily post quota, but I’m not loving the quality of my output. I am hoping that as time goes on, the quality of the posts goes up along the same time as my level of comfort with writing on a timeline.

In the meantime, I greatly appreciate all of your encouragement. Cheers!

2011 in review

December 31, 2011

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I suck. I’m sorry.

May 17, 2011

I love that so many of you are persistently supportive and have asked me to move my ass already, and post a new piece.  I just wanted to let you know that it’s not that I don’t have plenty to say – it’s just that there’s plenty going on in my life – nothing so fascinating that you’ll hear about all of it anytime soon; just stuff that gets in the way of me really focusing on my craft.  The clouds are clearing, though, and I anticipate being able to knock something out very soon!  I realize that the whole “post-a-week” thing has been messed with over the last few months, but I figure if I hadn’t joined this challenge, I might not even have posted this many times by this time this year.  I continue to write regularly, but the prospect of publishing here every week continues to provide a veritable challenge to me.  Which I love.

Thanks again to everyone who is so supportive and fantastic – your kind words and regular commentary are appreciated more than you’ll ever know.  Cheers!

Love vs Hate: PostAWeek2011

March 3, 2011

This Post-A-Week challenge is kicking my ass.

I decided to participate in this challenge in order to force myself to write more often, and to activate a certain degree of accountability.  I already write in some form or another on a daily basis, but Post-A-Week requires me to “publish” something every week, to make at least some of my work available to the internet public regularly, no matter what.

I have to tell you that I despise publishing anything I’m not 200% happy with.  It absolutely kills me to release a piece that doesn’t meet my unequivocal approval.  Realistically, though, if I hold out and edit each post to death, I may as well forget “Post-A-Week” and find a “Post-Bi-Annually” challenge to participate in.  Read the rest of this entry »