In retrospect, this month-long challenge was good for me. I can still say that, even after the whining, complaining, staying up at night thinking about topics, taking forever to write, obsessing, worrying, and stressing so much that I made myself ill. I loved every haphazard minute of it. You bet I did.
But it all starts out the same way. It’s like “Oh, a challenge! Shiny, Shiny!” And then after a few days it dawns on me that this is a daily ritual and I made a commitment and all those other big scary words most adults should never have to hear in their lifetimes. See, I’m not good at commitment. I like to make a big splash in the pool, then grab my towel and walk away. I’m a good starter, so I need other people around me who like to finish. You know?
But I found that there were a few deeply disturbed individuals following my blog posts whom I simply did not want to let down. 😉 The more they stayed with me, the more it made me want to complete the challenge. I learned that I indeed had the stamina within me to complete things. I had completed NaNoWriMo twice before. But it seemed much harder to show up for a blog post every day of the week except Sundays. It says to your readers: You matter to me. I care about you, and I’m here.
And of course I learned even more about anxiety, which never hurts. 😀
This is a bonus post for the month. My schedule, as you know, is normally M, W, F, and Sun. But the Powers That Be, this was important to them. And helpful for us as well, I think.
Have a fantastic day!
2 thoughts on “A-Z Blog Challenge Reflections”
I’m like you, Chris. I love the idea of a challenge–at first. A few days or a week into it, it no longer seems like so much fun. I hate to say it but I’ve started a few NaBloPoMo challenges and never finished them. I did do A-Z twice, but not again. I give you lots of credit for going all the way with it!
I know I’m going to sound stupid, Elaine, but what’s a NaBloPoMo, challenge? And making the A-Z challenge twice is pretty darn cool!