I think it’s pretty sweet to have a piece of the internet that I can make my own. But, I do this thing where every now and again I feel this overwhelming compulsion to make my little site all grand and spectacular rightthissecond.
So, I’ll write and take photos and write and write some more…and then I’ll poop out after a few weeks. Then the crickets chirp at the blog for a while, then I’ll decide I need to write and write and write again…
It’s not the most efficient way to keep the pulse a-thumping. Sure, sometimes life gets in the way, but more often than not, it’s all on me. I sprint out of the gate, then I act all disappointed when I run out of breath so quickly.
Of course I lose steam when I try to write that way. I don’t know how old I was when I first heard the tortoise and the hare story, but I do know I was in the single digits. How long will it take until I heed the moral from that one? It’s so simple, so basic. And so true. Any one of us can come up with a handful of real-life examples from personal experience.
If I want to craft a great site, I need to keep a slow and steady pace so that I can make it around the block a few times.
With that in mind, I signed up for NaBloPoMo, which means I’ve committed to a post a day for the entire month of November.
So, what you’re saying is, in order to pace yourself, you’ve decided to post more often than you usually do, even when you’re in crazy-write-all-the-time mode? That’s an aggressive schedule, don’t you think?
It’s not as counter-intuitive as it sounds. See, if I’ve committed to posting once per day, that means I have to come up with something to post every single day, no excuses. Some of my posts will be absolute garbage. If I’m lucky, I’ll cough up one or two pretty stellar posts. But it’ll all be out there, for anyone with an internet connection to see.
Later, when I’m not in a challenge like NaBloPoMo, I won’t be posting every day. But I’ll be in the habit of writing something (or taking photos, coming up with something) every day. At that point, I can throw out the garbage and save the good stuff to display for the betterment of humanity. (One can hope. More like, for something to occupy a few minutes of coffee time before you find something better to do.)
That’s my logic. Write lots, surprise self with good stuff here and there. It’s the same method I use for photography. Dress the kids up, take 1000 photos, then end up with two or three good ones. Show only those, then receive praises about what a great photographer I am.
So, that’s the plan – writing every day. Don’t know where this site is headed, but I’m in no rush to get there.