This is day fourteen of my two-week blogging challenge. After I posted the first one, I didn’t know if I could complete the challenge. I have never enjoyed blogging. I didn’t know if I’d be able to think of something worth saying in 250 words or more every day. I didn’t know if I’d be able to find time to write 250 words or more every day.
That was why I tweeted a link to the first post. A public announcement would force me to be accountable. It worked. One of my friends responded:
I’ll be watching for them. 🙂
— Michael C. McGreevy (@Critus) October 29, 2017
Another response and a handful of “likes” encouraged me to push on when I really wanted to quit midway through writing the third post. I didn’t want to let down the people who had expressed support.
By day seven, I had momentum behind me. Even though I wanted to keep going, I still struggled with each post. Often, I’d think of a topic, only to run out of steam about 75 words short of my 250 word goal. Either I’d said all I wanted to say, or I would recognize that the topic I’d chosen was so broad that I couldn’t do it justice without spending more time than I had available.
I’m proud of myself for completing the challenge. Confronting and overcoming my insecurities every day made me feel more powerful as a writer, and I want to keep going for another two weeks. This time, I’m going to make the minimum word count 250 words per day, not per post. So if I write a short post one morning, I’ll follow up with a second one later that day. Stick around, and keep me honest.