Friday, September 21, 2012

Pish Posh Challenge - Week 3

When I first started this blog, I didn't know where I was going to go with it. I didn't have in mind what it was going to be about or how often I was going to post. I simply intended to write.

I took me a little while to find my voice, but once I got comfortable with it the ideas started to flow much easier. I have really enjoyed this blog and intend to keep doing it for a long time. However, sometimes I get distracted by other things and the blog gets pushed to the side.

This not intentional. I just forget about it as I am doing other things. There were a few months last year when I only posted once the entire month. While I write more now than then, several times this year I have let a few weeks pass with getting back to the keyboard.

Everything I read tells me that one of the key practices to becoming a better writer is to write, write, write. This is why I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I saw that Pish Posh was doing her 8 WEEK CHALLENGE again. I challenged myself to post to my blog at least 5 times per week including the weekly link up back to her blog. So far, I have kept up the goal I set for myself.

Despite having made it, this week was a bit more difficult than last week. The neighborhood kids have been gathering sticks to place in front of my door. There are literally hundreds of sticks and twigs stacked two to three feet high every morning. Actually, I only assume it's the neighborhood kids and not some black magic curse from the witch down the street who hates me for calling her little demon child a little demon child. Earlier in the summer, after she shook her spatula wand at me, I started finding dead birds in my yard.

My week in review (click titles to go to post):

9-17  My First Love
I told the painful story of my first girlfriend and how she dumped me as soon as another guy showed her some attention...eight years later.

9-18  Irregardless, Let Me Acks You a Question
I begged the users of social media to make an attempt to use the written language in such a way that we can decipher it on the first attempt. I also had some words for people that have been exposed to one language their entire lives, but still don't know how to pronounce common words.

9-19  Happy Birthday to ME!!!
It was my birthday and I gave special acknowledgements to the bloggers that made it a little more special. I also shamelessly plugged my book. In, fact, I'll do it again. Click book cover (on right) to purchase ALL CRACKED UP.

9-20  Sign, Pole...MAILBOX!!!
My son used to drive me crazy in the car. This is the game I came up with to keep him from whining. He still whines today, but he's moved out and I can't hear it anymore.

Photo by Red
I've enjoyed the challenge these last few weeks. Knowing that I have to write keeps me more alert to search out topics to write about. I am always thinking about my next post and how to word it.

It drives my daughter nuts.


20 comments:

  1. Congrats for keeping up your goal for another week! It should only get easier from here, especially if it's all you're thinking about.

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    1. Thank you. It does keep my mind busy. A person only has so many old stories. I have to be on the lookout for new stuff.

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  2. Congratulations on keeping up with the writing!

    It's hard for me personally to post almost everyday, I run out of things to post about LOL.

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    1. Thank you. That was part of the reason for pushing. I found last summer that the more I write, the more I am inspired.

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  3. You are on FIRE man! Keep it up. You are doing great.

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  4. Fulfilling a goal must give you great satisfaction. Congratulations. I only post four times a week and that's as much as I can handle.

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    1. I typically only posted about twice a week and considered that posting regularly. This was a bit of a stretch for me. Another six weeks will be a real test.

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  5. Good job on keeping up with your writing. Practise makes perfect! Hope you continue with your awesome record. It's inspiring.

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    1. Thank you. I am having fun with it. Still several weeks to go.

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  6. Awesome, awesome, awesome! You are doing so well. Not only are you posting, but you are posting quality material. I'm still limping along at twice a week, but you make me ponder committing to posting more often. But I'm only pondering for now :)

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    1. Thank you. I do worry about quality. Some days it has been tough to make the time, but that's the point of a challenge. It has been challenging.

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  7. Nice work, Brett! I think we all know how easy it is to let the blog fall off when life gets in the way. You're doing a great job of keeping to your goal.

    I love the comic... so very true. :)

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    1. When I found that comic I saved it for later use. I knew I would need it at some point.

      Over the summer my posting frequency really started to slip, which was what prompted my goal.

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  8. I feel the same way right now. I am having so much going on - and not great stuff - I can barely find time to write at all, much less visit blogs, or keep up with that community. It is so important to the soul to do so though.

    Great posts this week! I love your comment - that's the point of a challenge. It is challenging!! My posts are slipping in quality, I feel. But I guess it's like relationships. Sometimes you don't need to be doing the quality things like the deep bonding, the dates, the new adventures. Sometimes you just need to show up and hold hands.

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    1. Thank you. This week has been exceedingly busy. Last night was the first time I posted just because I had committed to five times per week.

      I don't believe all my posts since starting this have been of the usual quality, but I am proud of a few of them.

      My keeping up with other blogs has been at a standstill for the last week. I hope to catch up on them tonight and tomorrow.

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  9. I totally agree that the more I write, the more ideas I get! My problem is like yours though - slotting in the time and bouncing back from when other endeavors push blogging aside. :(

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    1. I'm glad you can relate. Time has been the biggest challenge this week.

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  10. Way to go!! You're killing it with the posting, and writing about great things in the process! Be proud! :)

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