The allure of learning

It is oh too easy to someone like to me to be lost in the Land of Learning.….


…..which unfortunately is not always connected to the Land of Application and Execution.


What missing a day of my 10-day experiment has taught me

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:

  1. 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?
  2. A single word can change the whole mindset. Challenge vs Experiment; Trophy vs Learning.
  3. 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.