Blogging Challege, Day Zero

I’ve decided to do this whole “30 Day Blogging Challenge” thing because if I don’t have the immediate need to write my thoughts on a topic down, I can sit for hours staring at a blank page. This is rather more an amalgamation of several different challenges I’ve found, as all of them has at least one or two topics I have less than no interest in writing, and there are several topics in each that I very much wouldn’t mind writing on, so here we are. To give you a good idea of what to look forward to, or dread, I’ve included the list below.

Day One: My Blog’s Name

Day Two: What Books Influanced My Writing

Day Three: Dream Job

Day Four: Proudest Moment

Day Five: Five Year Goals

Day Six: Top Five Songs

Day Seven: What Am I Most Afraid Of?

Day Eight: What’s In My Bag? (Better question: what isn’t?)

Day Nine: Best Trip of My Life?

Day Ten: My Favourite Childhood Book?

Day Eleven: Five Current Goals

Day Twelve: Thoughts on Education

Day Thirteen: What Makes Me Happy

Day Fourteen: What Makes Me Sad

Day Fifteen: My Worst Habits

Day Sixteen: If I Won the Lottery?

Day Seventeen: Favourite Quotes

Day Eighteen: My Biggest Regret

Day Nineteen: My Hidden Talent

Day Twenty: Most Embarrassing Moment

Day Twenty-One: A Confession (I hate gum.)

Day Twenty-Two: About My Family (I.E. I could brag all day.)

Day Twenty-Three: My Biggest Pet-Peeve

Day Twenty-Four: Places I’ve Been

Day Twenty-Five: Handy Things I Have Learned (Pro Tip: Make your bed every day.)

Day Twenty-Six: Things I Still Want to Learn

Day Twenty-Seven: A Challenge I Overcame

Day Twenty-Eight: My Views on Religion. (Oof.)

Day Twenty-Nine: A Day in the Life of Me: Now in Bullet Form

Day Thirty: Favourite Movie Character (Mouse, from Lady Hawk. Points to you if you’ve even heard of that movie.)

 

(Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but a lot of these, I’ll be writing in one sitting because 1) time is at a premium in my life right now, and there isn’t always time in a day to write more than a sentence or two, and b) I really wanted to. I’ll still be posting it once per day, though.)

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So Here We Are

I’ve sat down (okay, mostly thought about sitting down) to write this several times this week. Every time, something came up; I was at work, I had errands to run, the computer wasn’t working (yet another skirmish in the ongoing battle betwixt myself and The Turtle), I couldn’t think of what to write. The list of excuses goes on, and honestly, that’s been my relationship with writing for the past five years. I’ve written a line here, jotted down an idea there, but I haven’t spent time actually practicing my writing for a very long time.

I had good reasons, of course; I went to college to get a degree in something I could enjoy and support myself with, and then once I graduated I needed to find a job, because apparently once you’ve received a secondary education, you are expected to ‘be responsible’ and ‘pay for your education’ and ‘have money for food and shelter.’

My chosen degree was graphic design, and I do actually love it quite a lot, but I found myself in a position of having to find a full time job to support myself as I tried to find a job in the graphic design industry, so that I could support myself as I wrote, and suddenly my time began being consumed with secondary interests out of necessity, and my main career-passion (writing) was set aside time and time again. It’s probably no wonder, then, that I’ve felt increasingly frustrated and purposeless over the last year.

It took me a year of deep thinking (that’s the nice thing about menial labor jobs: lots of time to think) and one good, capstone conversation with a fellow coworker to achieve the light bulb moment that maybe, just maybe, I should try to carve out some time every day to work on that which I love. Maybe, just maybe, I could actually finish revising that book I’ve been writing for fifteen years.

So here I am, writing.

I’m not expecting this blog to sky-rocket me to internet stardom (of course I’ve daydreamed about it; who in this culture with access to YouTube and a movie theater hasn’t entertained such fantasies, if we’re being honest with ourselves?) I’m not even expecting anyone besides two of my friends and my parents to even bother looking at the blog, let alone actually reading it. Think of it as an exercise in discipline.

My goal for this blog is, for now, rather vague. I’ve toyed with the idea of only posting fiction short stories, only posting my thoughts on things, doing some combination of the two, or just giving up and letting it sit for years, like the myriad of my other journals, diaries, and that Xanga page I got back when it was just starting to be uncool. (I’m not the most hip to the times when it comes to social media things, some times. I’m working on it. xD) For now, just posting anything consistently shall be counted as victory, so we’ll leave it at that for now.