Okay, so I just turned 50 today, and I've decided to do something I've never done before.
I'm going to blog every day for a solid year.
Never have I done something like this -- blogging with regularity? wait...who me? -- but the timing, for some reason, feels absolutely right.
I'm typically a blog-when-I-feel-like-it kind of writer, inspired by topics that move me to post, so I'm challenging myself to write (at least) a "tiny little something" for three hundred sixty five days in a row.
Some posts may be longer than others, while others might consist of "I really just can't EVEN...".
I have no idea how this will possibly go, but what I do know is, I am grateful to write, to be able to share my words with others. To be honest, it's one of the coolest feelings I know, realizing your eyeballs are taking in these words. So cool.
I've also decided to do this...whatever "this" is ... because it's a little bit scary and I want to challenge myself.
Thing is, I have yet to decide on a "topic". I mean, I'll be writing every single day, you know? It feels daunting right now, and frankly, I'm questioning the effort even as I type these letters...
However, I've been thinking about doing this for quite some time...perhaps a full year, now...and there have been so many thoughts holding me back from doing an effort such as this, like:
•Will it be interesting?
•Will this engage readers?
•Will I remain disciplined enough to stick to it?
•Who's going to read it?
•Won't I need to zero-in on some fascinating topic...like "365 days of cooking from the Julia Child cookbook"?
•Will I have time to do this with the other things going on in my life?
•Can I let go of some of my perfectionistic tendencies and just DO IT without overwriting or editing myself silly?
I'll be totally straight with you: I really don't know how this will go.
It's my hope that the effort affords some peaceful regularity, a way to process my thoughts on a daily basis. I hope the act of writing regularly and for myself yields something I'll eventually use at a later time. I hope this "tiny little something" becomes something with true meaning.
I'm already in the midst of writing a biography, so I'll need to carve out dedicated, regular time for blogging. I definitely don't do that right now, so we'll have to see where this goes.
Perhaps a logical theme or subject emerges in the writing process, but if one doesn't, well then, so be it. I'm cool either way.
Perhaps this is all just my idealized, wishful thinking, and that I'll try it for a week and then call it a day.
And, of course, that would be okay, too.
But for now, on this, my 50th birthday -- though I have yet to cite a topic or declare a theme for the effort -- you can count on a tiny little something from me every day moving forward. The only requirement I'm imposing upon myself is to write for at least 50 seconds and to publish at least 50 words a day. By the end of one year, that's 18,250 words. And with that in mind, I think I can manage this for an entire year.
And the rest, I am confident, will happen as it's meant to happen.
Thank you so much for riding along with me.
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