My Personal December Challenge

I am challenging myself to write a blog post for every day this December.

Why?

Because over Thanksgiving I realized that writing helps me organize my thoughts and process my feelings. I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time this year, and I wrote out a lot about my plans, ideas, and choices to my brothers and sisters in a private Facebook group. I think it helped reduce the stress of the holiday, and it turned out to be a very enjoyable time.

Because currently I am teaching a writing class for my workplace’s after school program. While I am focusing on creative writing in the class, I think it helps me to be a good role model if I make sure I also make a point of writing when I can. Part of my struggle is worrying about whether a thing is “good enough,” and if I cling to that worry, I may never get anything done.

Because I haven’t been doing the podcast. The single biggest issue I have had with the podcast is finding enough quiet time to record it. I don’t have children of my own to be distracting me, but I do have a spouse and we share a small apartment. I don’t need it to be so quiet to write, but I do need it quiet to record, and unfortunately we don’t have access to an ideal space. The biggest reason I did the podcast to begin with was simply to prove to myself that I could do it; to have that knowledge in case I need it in the future; and to stick with it for at least seven episodes. I did all those things, and I always have the option of picking it back up in the future. Luckily I don’t think I have a big enough audience to be disappointed in me for letting it trail off.

Because WordPress allows me to save drafts and schedule posts for later. I can always begin writing about one topic, save my progress, and end up publishing a different one. I could also write about several topics in one day, then schedule them to publish one at a time.

Maybe if I can do this, I can actually make a New Year’s Resolution that I can keep in 2016!

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