Every year, the same thing.
“Summer went by too fast!”
“How can it be back-to-school time already?”
“It seems like summer just started!”
We make bucket lists, grand plans to make the most of these lazy, hazy, crazy days. We vow to keep summer simple, to enjoy the moments that matter.
And then September arrives and those days become a blur.
Did you know there are exactly 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day? A lot can happen in that time.
A lot that’s worth remembering and sharing with your words and photos.
Inspired by my friend Emily Levenson, who recently did a #100DaysBlogging project, I have decided to try something similar.
Introducing … 99 Days of Summer Blogging! Starting this Monday, May 30 and continuing through September 5, 2016, I plan to blog every single day.
Yes. Every. Single. Day.
For 99 days.
Why am I doing this?
- Because I need the discipline of writing every day. I do. I need to practice Ass in Chair time when it comes to writing and actually GET THINGS WRITTEN. I need to get better at writing first and editing later, instead of writing a sentence and immediately start futzing with word choices.
- Because at this moment, I have 206 blog posts in Drafts. A very, very small percentage of those are actually completed. The rest are half-baked concoctions. Some of those may become #99DaysSummerBlogging posts. If I’m doing any new writing on them (e.g., finishing a partially-written book review) then it counts.
- Because I need to spend a little less time on Facebook — and by spending time here instead of there, my writing will get stronger.
- Because I want to start thinking more strategically about planning potential posts (I need to do an editorial calendar) while at the same time tapping into my creativity and cultivating ideas for potential writing projects. I’m always thinking, “Oh, I could definitely do a post about that!” or “This is a perfect blog post.” And then the idea or the moment vanishes, lost forever. I’m excited about seeing what those nuggets hold.
- Because writing and connecting is how I work through things that I’m dealing with and how I gain greater insights about what this life is trying to teach me (even though I may be a stubborn learner). At the same time, some of the issues our family is working through aren’t ones for the blog so there’s that. But maybe a photo or a quote will be.
Do these issues resonate for you, too? If so, jump right in … the water’s fine. These posts don’t have to be Pulitzer worthy. (Trust me, mine won’t be.) Perfection isn’t what this is about. Rather, #99DaysSummerBlogging is about cultivating our craft, capturing ideas and thoughts, and carving out some time for reflection and stillness among our words.
99 Days of Summer Blogging starts Monday, May 30 — Memorial Day here in the United States. (And if it’s not summer where you are, no worries. You can still participate.)
I’m not doing a linky thing for this. Rather, if you’d like to participate, simply do a post on your blog and link back to melissafirman.com. Feel free to grab the button, too. (That’s an actual photo taken by me during a beach vacation — “downnashore” as we say where I’m from — two years ago.)
Will you be taking the 99 Days of Summer Blogging plunge?