The parallel to Pride and Prejudice was completely accidental, but then I liked it enough that I didn’t want to change it even though this post is not as much about procrastination as it is about persistence. Oops?
Sidenote: this is a personal post with some shallow analysis of how I’ve handled this blog and hinting at how I hope to move forward. It may be a little flow-of-consciousness.
I struggle with consistency, but not with persistence.
In Fall 2010, I attempted NaNoWriMo for the first time. Due to some family issues, I did not complete it. I have tried every year since. I have never hit 50 thousand words. The same has gone for each Camp NaNo session that I have participated in. I will continue to try until I do, and probably again afterward. My pattern during these sessions tends to go as follows: Write consistently for about a week. Meet daily word counts. Write sporadically for the next two weeks. During the last week, write madly in an attempt to catch up and, ultimately, fail.
I suppose it isn’t failure in the sense that I’ve (usually) gotten a lot of writing done. It is, however, failure in the sense that I have not met my goal.
It appears that blogging follows a similar pattern. See, I’ve been thinking about blogging a lot lately. I’ve been reading blogs and occasionally commenting on them. I’ve had ideas for posts.
But I don’t sit down and actually write them.
This is partially because my current schedule is kicking my butt a little bit. I get home pretty late three days of the week, and do social things (aka tabletop gaming) the other two. On weekends, I am tired and have to do homework. These are all, really, excuses. I could be writing blog posts when I’m browsing twitter or watching netflix or youtube.
Essentially, it comes down to procrastinating on that which I claim takes more energy than I have, and being persistent both in that procrastination and in the insistence that I will not stop.
I do not intend to stop.
I enjoy blogging.
I enjoy having discussions with other bloggers.
But I’ve also been noticing the types of the posts that I enjoy reading (which are usually the ones I enjoy writing) and the ones I find myself avoiding. This may cause me to adjust the focus of the blog a little bit—potentially swaying more in favor of writing and craft than book reviews. I still intend to do book reviews, because I do enjoy writing them sometimes, but I also want to talk in more depth about the process that is writing (and read more about it).
Please bear with me as I figure things out. I really appreciate the patience you’ve already shown me.
What do you procrastinate with?
What types of posts do you enjoy reading?
Do you mind that I’ll be talking more about writing?