Blogging and I haven’t been getting along too well lately.
Forget about the number of posts I’ve managed to crank out here in the past few months. Since July, I’ve written a whopping total of 10 posts … which, I mean, okay, fine, isn’t horrible but it is significantly less content than in the past.
There isn’t any shortage of reasons for this and they’re the usual excuses. Not enough time. Personal stuff going on that isn’t fodder for the blog. Exhaustion from work — and since my job involves writing proposals and reports for a good portion of the day, staring at a blinking cursor is oftentimes the very last thing I want to do at night.
Don’t get me wrong: writing is still my passion, still what I would choose to do if I could do nothing else for the rest of my life. (Except maybe reading. That might win out.)
But something is happening with me and writing and I’m not sure I like it.
You see, I’ve never been the kind of writer who gets her thoughts down and then goes back to revise and polish. I write word by word, editing as I go. And … well, it’s tedious. I’m falling back into my perfectionistic, critical tendencies and it’s killing me time-wise. I’ll belabor over the beginning of a blog post and get out only a few sentences and then become so frustrated or distracted or think it’s crap that I abandon the whole post altogether. It’s frustrating because even though there is unbloggable crap going in my life, there is a lot that I really do want to bring to this space and share.
So when I turned the calendar to November this morning, I remembered that this month is NaBloPoMo. Maybe that’s exactly what I need to get my blogging mojo back, I thought. Some structure, some self-imposed discipline in the form of showing the hell up here every day for 30 days.
I know this is absolutely doable because last summer I gave myself a challenge to blog every single day — and I did! I called this 99 Days of Summer Blogging and nobody was more surprised than me when I actually completed this. It helped to generate content, kept me accountable and it was kind of fun.
So, I’m all in for NaBloPoMo 2017. I need something to jump-start my writing, to clear the deck of the half-baked posts lingering in Drafts, and to help me quash these perfectionistic word demons that are bedeviling me.
As always, blogging is more fun with friends, and there just so happens to be a NaBloPoMo party happening on a new-to-me blog, Blissful Lemon. (Love that name!)
Let’s do this. Here’s to a great month!