A few years ago, I signed up for Michele Rafter’s WOURDCOUNT Blog-a-thon, a blog a day for the 31 days in May. I fit it in around a slew of paid writing gigs and part-time jobs that kept me in groceries, my volunteer projects, my HOME projects (I make lace—old-timey delicate lace, and I knit Infinite Hugs and seamless slippers), and the occasional community event. I slaved over my keyboard and completed the month-long commitment with about two nerve cells left in my store of sanity.
The following year, I THOUGHT I was re-upping for the WORDCOUNT Blog-a-thon, and I was prepared to take it in stride, me being a veteran of it and all. But it was ANOTHER blog challenge that I registered for, by ANOTHER Michele, and it was the month before WORDCOUNT, so I had two commitments. My replenished sanity suffered another serious depletion.
And before I knew it, I was blogging for a THIRD challenge, The Ultimate Blog Challenge, and those folks renew their blogging commitments EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. Aaaugh. You wanna talk burn-out? I was in flames by the middle of the month.
It wasn’t like I needed the pressure of daily writing—I was already writing every day, sometimes for three different clients. What I needed was a challenge that would inspire me to grab a nap, but I never found one. So I just scaled back, left the blogging world alone for a while, and discovered that I LIKED not having the pressure of blogging, reading, commenting, and sharing every night of the week. I quietly dropped out of the blogging scene.
It’s been a while, now. Life, and my writing life, had settled into a comfy routine. I was content to write when I had work, and read an occasional blog from a friend, and fill the rest of my time with quiet, homey pursuits.
And then … my very first editor in the world, Lauren McLaughlin, enlisted my help in promoting her upcoming e-book, “The Handbook of Spiritual Tools.” Would I share her daily posts? Would I help her find new audiences?
Since she was already POSTING about these spiritual tools every day, I suggested that she BLOG about them, too, and find a whole new fan base with The Ultimate Blog Challenge. Write the blog, post it to the group Facebook page, visit two blogs by other writers and comment/share, and voila! Instant wider audience.
BUT. Lauren didn’t have a “home” for her blog, and wasn’t sure how to register, so I said, “Oh, no problem. Let me walk through the procedure and then guide you through.” What I forgot was … in walking through the procedure, I was actually registering to participate.
So here I am on October 1, committed (through no intent of my own) to writing a blog a day for all 31 days in October.
Thanks a lot, Lauren! See you in the Facebook group!Share on Facebook