I want to blog more regularly.
It’s actually one of my goals for 2017. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to write a blog post every day!
I’ve followed a few daily blogs in the past, which has given me an idea of what it’s like. Sure, I’ve never actually written a blog post every day, but I’ve seen what other people can do with it. That counts for something, eh?
Luckily for me, some daily blog writers have shared tips for running a daily blog operation. The tip that stood out to me is giving up on the idea of “perfectionism”. (Kelli Taylor wrote about this earlier in the year.) I know that sometimes the pursuit of “perfectionism”, or even my idea of “good enough”, can leave me paralyzed. This usually applies to personal projects in which I have high expectations of myself, and this blog could easily turn into one of those things. It already has, which is why new posts are so scarce.
Note to self: Practice what you preach! Do your best, and that’s good enough!
Okay, so let’s jump in and outline this project! 😀
Why am I doing this?
Oh man, you ask good questions, bro.
Writing regularly is something I’ve always wanted to do, and it’s something that I already do. The difference here is that what I write will be posted on the internet for anyone to read. That’s slightly different from journaling in a book that’s pretty much for my eyes only!
I also want to give myself more opportunities to practice my writing skills and style. I think that I am a decent writer, but writing every day should be beneficial. Essentially, I’m putting “practice makes perfect” into action!
What will I do?
Post something new on this blog every single day for a year. The post can be about anything I’d like, but with a focus on writing and improving my style. Besides that, creativity is my goal! But I’m not going to hold myself to too high of a standard because I know there will be busy days, sick days, and other obstacles.
Note to self: Have fun with the blog! Ultimately, you don’t want this project to become a drag.
What will I write about?
I’ll post about whatever I want to! Anything and everything is on the metaphorical table! I have ideas in mind for the next week or so, but I know there will be days on which inspiration will be lacking. So, I have come up with two tools that I will use in those cases.
- Writing Prompts – I have a list of creative writing prompts to which I can refer when I’m stuck for ideas. Most of them are very simple, but the point is to have a springboard for when I’m unable to write.
- Daily Categories – Basically I’ll have a writing subject for each day of the week. I don’t want to do this right away, but I will probably start using this system in a month or two.
Are there stakes?
Yeah, there totally are!!
After extensive thought and brainstorming with a friend, I’ve decided on a penalty for missing posts. For each day I miss posting, I will avoid television for a full day. And by television, I mean all forms of visual entertainment, including Netflix, YouTube, satellite/cable, social media video, etc.
Are we done?
Yup! That’s it for now. My daily blogging project has now officially begun! YAY!