Writing for the Sake of Challenge

6 years ago

Each day during February I'll be posting one more blog entry onto Claudsy's Blog. But what does that really mean?

Why have I gone back for the laborious and mentally draining Post-a-Day trial? Because of a simple challenge thrown out by the good folks at BlogHer, which I'd not even heard of a couple of months ago.

I joined a community and found myself in the midst of NaBloPoMo preparation for February. Back when I began my first blog on Wordpress, I did a post each day. I was very ambitious regarding my content and frequency of posting. I did interviews with writer's and artists of different specialties and commentaries about both the interviews and my resulting thoughts. I did book reviews (I did much more reading then since I wasn't writing an actual book.)

After several months of getting nothing accomplished by the daily blog, I burned out. I wasn't accomplishing anything other than those posts.

What I realized a few weeks ago, however, was that blogging had become a way for me to write something for immediate consumption, something that didn't require agents or editors, and something which allowed me to safely but productively avoid writing that did require those two agencies entrance into my life.

So why did I sign up for this Challenge? I was never a mountain climber, but I follow that mentality.I did it because it was THERE.

Isn't that what real writers do? Pick up the gauntlet of whatever writing challenge gets dropped in front of us. Think about the competitions, contests, and dares we take every month. Think about the editorial assignments. Those are all challenges of one form or another. 

Now that we've established that we're all major risk takers, we can celebrate our bravery and pioneer spirit, and tackle that daily blog post with enthusiasm, fortitude, and an eye toward victory!

Surge forth, writers, and conquer that challenge!!

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