Writing 101’s Day 11 prompt goes:
No matter what type of blog you have, it’s sometimes necessary to post updates: from project news to personal messages about what’s going on in your life. One creative approach to an update post is a “virtual coffee date,” as seen on Kate Goes Global, which is like catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee.
I actually had a draft for a two-part series, in which I talk about how I viewed romance and relationships and how it has evolved to the present time; but it felt too personal for my tastes and I do not feel ready be that revelatory yet. On the other hand, watering it down was not an option, and so it is left for the back burner, and a write-up to be developed.
I decided to talk about something else instead — and something more relevant:
State of the November challenges — Sketchavember, Writing 101, and Blogging 101. I think week 3 is a good place as any for a self-evaluation!
I have committed myself to doing one sketch a day — including weekends. I was more or less successful on the first week, fell behind a little on the second week, and as of press-time, I am behind, the last sketch made on November 14. Or course, I will not be drawing four drawings in one day, but I plan to space them out by doing two drawings a day until I’m all caught up.
I am actually thankful to have the weekend as a break. Much as I would have liked to indulge in the “bonus” weekend challenges, I appreciated the rest, and the time away from the computer.
To date, I am two days behind — the current prompt sitting in my inbox is already for Day 13, and I am now on Day 11. I am avoiding publishing two posts in one day, but I do have a plan for that: it’s easier for me to write, and all I have to do is to take advantage of WordPress’ draft feature, and schedule them for posting later.
This, I confess, is the least successful of all challenges. As with Writing 101, I have failed in one aspect of the courses: engaging with the blogging community. Given my current daily schedule (5 hours of commute a day, 9 hours in the office, and other responsibilities), keeping up with a community feels daunting — I feel as if it would be just like the role-playing community, that outside of your output, you are bound to socialize with your fellow players. Of course, I am not against socializing — or else I would not be blogging in the first place!
However, I am not giving up. I believe I bit off more than I could chew this month, what with the triple challenges. I will gladly sign up for the next round of Blogging 101. For now, I will graciously fold my towel and hand it over (instead of throwing it, because that would be rude). I come away with the knowledge that being a blogger — and to become a successful one at that — comes with community engagement. It is not just about throwing words at the wall and tossing links here and there — it is about getting your words out there, and hearing other people’s voices as well.
I really am thankful for the opportunities presented to me by the challenges. The are not over yet, but I have already learned a lot about myself, and I am just ecstatic over the idea that I can write whenever I want to! I am excited to see where this adventure will lead me.