I just counted how many drafted blog posts I’ve written in the last month. You know the type—several hefty paragraphs with solid points and some clever phrases, but you don’t quite have the time—or, more likely, the patience—to write it all out in a crafty post at this moment. So you decide to save it for later… but later never comes.
Next thing you know, you’re sitting on a pile of half-written drafts that are now either 1) outdated, 2) irrelevant to life, or 3) uninteresting to anyone but your parents.
12 drafted blog posts. Wow, would this little space of mine look different if I had gottem off my butt and finished them in a timely manner! I mean, some of them may still be good posts, just with some serious tweaks. I rant about Donald Trump. I discuss the 5 stages of grief when losing a phone. I sympathize for Orlando and the LGBT community. I talk about cleaning before parents come to visit. I share poolside musings. And on and on it goes.
I get upset with myself for being lazy and not dedicated to this blog that I used to take so much pride in. I ask myself why I’ve let Edna get the better of me and cease me into silence time and time again. I want to let this be my creative outlet, but I can’t get into the rhythm after a few posts or push myself to finish writing the drafts.
I’m a problem solver and apparently writing post ideas into my calendar is not a long-term solution. So let’s try a different route—a simpler method to just get my creative juices flowing again.
10 Day Challenge: 400-Word-Limit Blog Posts
400 words is easy. I am going to cap myself off at 400 words and, in fact, encourage myself to keep it more around 300. The most difficult part? Posting for 10 days straight. I won’t be sharing on any social media platforms (whaaa?). They may not even have photos (double whaaaa whaaaaa??).
This is a trial-and-error process. Bottom line, I have no idea what I’m doing. However, if I can train myself to simply write something and, in turn, get excited about my blog again, maybe—just maybe—it will grow into the steady creative outlet I want it to be.
Well, here we are: the 400-word marker!