Yesterday was a good one, including restarting my Pilates and HIIT training (fitter than I expected after taking a training break) and discovering a lovely Japanese ramen-cum-izakaya place. Before I knew, it was past midnight and me fading and unable to think let alone write.
So I decided to miss the 3rd day of my 10-day continuous blogging challenge. I thought about whipping up a sentence or two so not to have a gap… yet that would defeat the purpose of blogging in the first place. This is no completing kindergarten homework to get a star; this is about documenting moments and sharing genuine thoughts. This is self-experimentation for discovering and bettering life.
There is a fundamental difference between the “10-day Challenge” vs “10-day Experiment” mindsets.
A Challenge is about getting to that finish line, that’s it.
An Experiment focuses on collecting data (observations, reflections, etc.) throughout those 10 days in order to evaluate a hypothesis then apply learning.
In this case, I failed to following the challenge rules but I have succeeded in learning a few important things:
The ultimate habit I wish to develop is regular blogging as opposed to daily blogging. If the focus is on “writing something everyday”, it becomes an empty pursuit where I likely churn out meaningless sentences. Regularity to be defined, maybe once a week at least? Mon/Wed/Fri?
A single word can change the whole mindset. Challenge vs Experiment; Trophy vs Learning.
I really enjoy writing about this self-experiment. The promise to “report” on my progress and thoughts is an anchor; I look forward to sharing at the end of the day.
If you are a leisure blogger and have ever struggled with “how often should I blog”, I would like to know your story.
I guess it can be countered as a rite of passage, this absence of posts for 7 weeks. Don’t all non-professional bloggers go through this at some point? Writer’s block, perhaps, or being overwhelmed with more important matters in life?
I hope so. Just to feel less embarrassed and guilty about my absence!
Having stepped away for a while, I feel that it is time to change the direction of this blog a bit. From day 1, I had envisioned a blog that would likely start with good intentions but a weak voice. With practice – and interactions with other bloggers – the blog will grow and evolve into something that feels right to both the audience and myself.
This is the time to experiment the next step.
My main challenge is to strike the balance between writing posts that are valuable for others and, at the same time, “flow” from my personal experience and observation. This is not supposed to be a business blog or a news hub; it is personal, from me to you.
Well, I just have to start writing again and see where this takes me. Simmering goodness takes time, afterall.