My friends are the reason why I’m not productive.
They’re the reason why I never get much work done.
Why I take forever to finish books.
Why I only write a little every day.
Why I publish such short blog posts.
Don’t worry. I blame myself for everything. I take full responsibility.
But it’s so much easier to blame other people. Or pretend to anyway. I need to keep my sanity in tact, okay?
I don’t think non-bloggers truly understand how much my blogs contribute to my happiness and sanity. Sometimes it almost feels like my happiness and sanity is entirely dependent upon blogging.
Being a blogger is challenging but rewarding at the same time.
What I really mean is blogging makes my good days better and my bad days a little bit more tolerable.
I can’t say that about most things.
You know what makes my blogging experience so incredibly amazing? Other bloggers.
I’m going to stop while I’m ahead, as in before I throw another uncessary adverb into this post.
Blog for yourself. Why wouldn’t you?
Blog for your own sake and your own sanity. Because both matter.
Blog for yourself and no one else. Not your dad, not your dog, not your uncle Dave.
Blog for your creativity as well as your individuality. You’re capable of creating and inventing. You don’t need to be anyone or pretend to be someone you aren’t.
Blog for your blogging buddy, Herminia Chow, so she can read blog posts rather than write them.
There are a lot of people in this world you shouldn’t have in your life.
Below are the ones you should if you want to keep your sanity intact.
- Awesome people
As a writer I make it my mission not to lie to other writers.
I want 2016 to be the year you follow through with your goals.
Here’s what I recommend:
Build a routine.
If you sleep around the same time every night, why don’t you write at the same time every day? This won’t always work out, but when it does, you’re golden.
Build a support system.
It’s enough to have just one person believe in you and support you. Never let that person go. Don’t give them a reason to stop believing and supporting you either.
Build in rewards.
Reward yourself well. Reward yourself often. Don’t feel guilty or bad.
Build in possible punishments.
They can be as extreme as you’d like. Just don’t hurt yourself, your sanity, and your bank account too much.
It goes without saying that this blog keeps me sane and happy. Or maybe I should say I am not insane and unhappy because I am fortunate enough to be a blogger. What’s more, I’m grateful to have such incredible bloggers to interact with. Escaping from the real world from time to time contributes to my sanity.
Thank you and enjoy your weekend!
I haven’t been blogging for a long time but I have learned a great deal thus far. Therefore, I’ll attempt to bestow my wisdom upon you, although I do not claim to be an expert. Read what I have to say if you feel I am worth your time or skip this post entirely if you think I am an airhead.
Blogging has taught this teenager:
- To be more aware. Every now and then, my posts are based on worldwide events or common (and even uncommon) holidays. Occasionally, my blogging process consists of a stage dedicated solely to research. I always have to keep my eyes and ears open as well. A great blogger never stops observing, thinking, and analyzing. For this reason, it is important to constantly pay attention and be completely aware of surroundings, places, people, etc. After a year of blogging, I now know much more about this world than I ever did before.
- To focus on what’s important. I know that sounds like a general statement. Let me get more specific. Along the way, I’ve done my best to stay positive and not be bogged down by mundane things like the number of visitors that read my blog or the number of likes each post receives. To be happy, I need to concentrate on what makes me happy. While I love drafting up posts, I equally love interacting with everyone in the WordPress community. So thank you all for allowing me to do this. I owe my happiness and sanity to you guys.
- To manage my time better and to stop procrastinating. I thought I had good time-management skills back then. Now, I realize I have great time-management skills. It isn’t easy to be a teenager, to pursue dance, and to run a blog. In spite of my busy schedule, it’s not quite as bad when I prioritize well and rarely procrastinate. Because of that, I am able to get the grades I want, dance daily, and blog/write/read until my heart’s content. To me, that’s the best part.
I rather not bore you with the obvious. That blogging has taught me to write better…blah, blah, blah. Unless you really want me to. It’s taught me to be concise, to be less vague, and I bet you’re losing interest right about now. Am I right? I’ll stop here. Thanks for stopping by. I promise you I’ll return the favour. Since most of my readers are American, I’ll amend my previous statement. I’ll return the favor.
While the question below does not directly relate to writing, the question is still crucial to consider because if you aren’t careful, it could impact your NaNoWriMo participation.
Are you taking care of yourself?
- Are you sane?
- Are you healthy?
- Are you feeling happy?
Yes? Yes? Yes?
To some extent, the quality of your writing depends on the quality of your health.
So take care everyone.
Tomorrow we hit the half-way mark. *cue round of applause*
I’ll tackle this on Friday: have you neglected the rest of your life?