There are two reasons that I’ve signed up for a blogging challenge. And when I say, "signed up” I mean I committed to blogging for 30 days straight. There is no formal place to sign up. It was an agreement I made with myself and then announced it publicly in my social media spaces to solidify the commitment.
Today is Day 8. I got up at 6 a.m. and stared at the blank screen. "I’ve got nothing,” was my first thought. Followed by, “Well, it didn’t take long for the well of creativity to dry up.” Which prompted a frantic search through my Evernote account for the tag #blogideas.
One of the best ways I know to keep my commitments is to remind myself why I wanted to do something in the first place. So I found myself asking the question, “Why am I doing this challenge?” And there lay the content for this post.
I’ve been blogging for a long time. I don’t know how many years it has been but I think it is safe to say well over ten years. I’m a weekly blogger. I normally send out a newsletter every 7-10 days with my blog in it. I also record a weekly podcast and send out a weekly newsletter for that endeavour as well. And I write content for social media and a few other blogs. So, did I really need to take on this challenge? I did.
Reason 1: I wanted to become a better writer. In order to do that I need to be more consistent in my writing. I want to build my writing muscle. It’s pretty easy to come up with a blog post every week. It doesn’t require much effort. There is a lot that happens in a week to stimulate ideas. Conversations, books, videos, news events and more fill my head with ideas that gel into a topic that I want to write about. But day-to-day? I don’t always have time for that sifting process to take place. It requires that I tap into a more disciplined approach to writing and not rely on ‘inspiration’ to the same degree.
Louis C.K. said, “I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get better as a result. It comes from the work."
It always comes down to the work. It makes sense that our skill develops when we do something consistently. You can’t just pick up a camera/paint brush/microphone and expect to be good at something. You have to do the work.
Reason 2: I am seeking to integrate what is important to me. I’m attempting to pull together seemingly divergent interests. I care about leadership, the environment, self-development and spirituality. I’ve kept those in silos in my life. My business was about leadership. At one point I had separate blogs for each of those topics. (I am the proud owner of a lot of domains!) I have had this growing desire to see how these things can come together in my life. I’m using this 30 days commitment to explore all of these things on one platform under one domain = sandyareynolds.com I’m not sure I can hold them separate any longer. I want to see what emerges as I bring them together.
As Woody Allen said “80 percent of life is just showing up." And I have for 8 days.