The folks at WordPress notified me a couple weeks ago that I’ve now been writing this blog for three years.
That’s a pretty big accomplishment for me!
I am a terrific “starter.”
I’m also a pretty amazing “quitter.”
I have the best of intentions, always, and commit quite easily to numerous projects, endeavors, plans and resolutions.
I will call my daughters every week; I’ll write letters and send cards regularly; I’ll pay bills on time. I will walk every day, floss every day, make my bed every day. I will keep an organized studio, a tidy house, a weed-free garden, a well-groomed lawn.
Or, I’ll make those kinds of promises to myself, and give it a shot.
My gratitude journal never lasted more than five days before I’d set it aside for several months. Most exercise programs, the same. I started a diet last week and lasted four days before I sold out for chicken and dumplings.
This blog, I have been maintaining for three years.
I kept the commitment simple: publish once a week, or thereabouts, with no specifics on topic, tone or length.
Even so, I’ve been falling off quite a bit lately.
It’s not for lack of things to write about.
My thoughts seem to organize themselves into sentences and paragraphs all on their own. I’ve had a running narrative in my head about “Life with Dogs” that I add to almost daily. Another, loosely titled “Death All Around Me,” involves the lives – from mosquitoes and houseflies to mice and shrews – that I snuff out with little thought and even less guilt…most of the time. If anyone would be interested in hearing whining or complaining, I could come up with several blogs on a dozen different subjects right away.
Sometimes, it has been hard to refrain from the complaining!
The fact is, I’ve been working a great deal, am behind in most everything, and haven’t had the time or energy to write. Or read. Or respond to comments. I’ve missed it, though.
For the month of November, WordPress hosts two different writing challenges. One is to publish a blog post every day. I think I may commit to it, just to get back on track.
Or at least give it a shot.