Saturday, November 25, 2006
A post a day makes my hair turn gray.
1) Writing a post a day is hard. Really hard.
2) Writing a good post is even harder. One of the reasons I signed up for this project was because I thought it would be a good impetus to think more about my writing, to say more with what I write. Instead, the exact opposite occurred. Faced with the same deadline every day, I have had less time to focus on the writing. I have just had to get it out there.
3) I don't like just getting it out there. I know there's a danger in editing yourself to death, but I happen to like my writing better with a little editing. As I re-read some of my posts from this month, I find myself thinking, "Oh, I meant to talk about such-and-such in that post." Maybe I would have remembered those points if I'd had time to edit.
4) Writing every day is not fun for me. I've never fancied myself a writer. I don't really even enjoy writing. So why do I have a blog? I think I've just now realized that though I don't enjoy writing, I do like to share stories. And since I'm not a particularly outgoing person, writing is a means of doing that. But presenting a story a day--me no like.
5) As I now spend quite a bit of my evening on the computer ("Oh, crap! I forgot I haven't blogged yet today!"), I find myself missing the things I usually do with that time: knitting, watching movies, reading, cooking. All right, all right, so I don't really spend time cooking. But I have really missed watching Rick cook my dinner every night.
6) Now that I think about it, maybe I can blame NaBloPoMo for the fact that my Christmas knitting is coming along so slowly. That's right. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I am sick and tired of stockinette stitches.
7) Having two cats is completely different than having one cat. And while this may have nothing to do with NaBloPoMo, this last bit of knowledge, when repeated to myself as a mantra, has helped me retain my sanity more than any of NaBloPoMo's lessons combined.
Twenty-five posts down and five to go!