I’m really sorry, but this post is completely self-indulgent. For 366 days, apart from 1 time 116 days ago, when I messed up timing I’ve done it, I’ve made an entry every day. I can’t tell you how pleased that I am with that. The timing is correct, I wrote 1/366 on 14 Aug last year. I had no idea whether I would be able to sustain the effort. I certainly won’t say it has been easy. There have been somedays when the block has almost chronic. I am really pleased with the idea of writing about the block. It may have been pure waffle, but I was writing, and that was the main thing.
It think it is also very, very important to say that it has never been a chore – perhaps on one or two occasions when I almost forgot, suddenly remembering just before bedtime. Perhaps some of those weren’t my best writings. I can honestly say, that at no point was the moment when I said I don’t want to do this. I have enjoyed doing this. I think there are two questions;
How much of a habit is this?
Why a blog? Why not a private diary?
With regard to the first question, they say that if you want to form a habit, repeat it for 21 days. I done the 21 days about seventeen times to my reckoning. If that isn’t habit forming, I don’t know what is – let alone the desire to keep it going.
Now the second is slightly more complex and goes to my writing history. I’ve said before that I have notepads, and journals and there are pages, and pages of writing that in comparison to the previous 366 days is a mass of incoherent ramblings. Now, that isn’t to say that the last years writings have been any less comprehensible. But, writing in public has forced me to think more about what I am going to write.
It really has helped me. I want that to carry on. Here’s to the next 365 days.