Over the past two years, I have participated in two WordPress Challenges — Post A Day and Post A Week.
I found that posting daily was a little too much for me because I was pressured to write something every day – not necessarily writing ‘good’ stuff — just writing. It became increasingly difficult to WANT to write – it became a chore and I no longer looked forward to writing. The good part of Post A Day? I learned to write about ANYTHING – junk mail, weird words, quotations, silly situations — anything that worked for that day. The bad part? I learned to write about ANYTHING – which has its downside because you write about stuff you really don’t care about. Lesson learned? Writing daily made me stretch my skills but I felt like I was writing about all the wrong stuff.
So the next year I thought it would be better to try Post A Week. This gave me the freedom to write at least once a week – and possibly more if the mood hit me. I didn’t feel pressured to produce pieces that I really didn’t want to write. I started to want to write again. I thought more carefully about what I was writing – and if it was really worth putting down on paper. I did fairly well the first part of the year – posting at least once a week — sometimes even more! I was jazzed! I was excited! And then – I became LAZY! It was no longer that big a deal – it wasn’t that I was pressured – in fact, it was the opposite – why bother if I could write a couple in the next week or over the next month – and my average was once a week (sometimes it doesn’t help to be a mathematician – we tend to think in terms of overall numbers). The good part of Post A Week? I started writing more about want was important to me and not just about anything. The bad part? I seemed to lose my focus. Lesson learned? I need a little pressure in my life in order to accomplish things. That’s probably true for a lot more of us than we are willing to admit. Pressure to perform is not a bad thing — it can help keep us honest and excel in what we do.
Which brings us to this year. I needed to find a challenge which allows me to be true to myself with my writing so I don’t start writing about lost socks or something equally insane (although that might not be a bad post — I’ll have to think about that one) – but also gives me a little nudge to perform. With that in mind, I’ve decided to try my own Challenge this year — I will post something every Sunday night. I’m not going to put a specific time on my goal — because life gets in the way — but I WILL publish something every Sunday night – which means before midnight – and this is my first post.
Let’s see how this year goes with the Sunday Night Challenge!