Remember back in the flush and excitement of the New Year? It seemed everyone in the blog world was posting about all their resolutions. So did I. I did two different posts on resolutions, one on my writing for the year, the other for the blog. As we close out the first quarter of the year (!), we have a major bloggy event going on right now. Yes, I’m talking about the A to Z challenge. Since we are now on April 2, and I have not done any posts on this, it would appear that I’m breaking one of my blog-o-lutions: Participate in the fun stuff!
Yes, I’m breaking a blog-o-lution. And it also occurs to me that I still haven’t done the lucky 7 meme or tag or whatever you call it, so now I’m doubly-breaking that rule. But there’s a good reason for that. I know I’ve used Dirty Harry before, and I’m pretty sure I’ve even stated the sentiments following this another time (unless it was from an unfinished post):
It’s good to ‘know your limitations.’ For example, it’s good not to carry something that’s too heavy for you. It’s good not to sing MacArthur Park if you’ve got the vocal range of a cicada with laryngitis. It’s good not to try and prepare a seven-course meal for your fiance’s parents if all you’ve got is an E-Z Bake Oven. But at the same time, pushing our limitations is how we grow. It’s how we stretch our own boundaries, and I do want to stretch and grow. But. But I also know an important part of this whole blogger thing is to enjoy myself. The smart thing to do with A-Z, of course, is to pre-write as much as possible (since there was plenty of warning) and then just polish and post, but I’m not organized. And for me, I just didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as this twice-weekly thing I’ve got going on here. And, of course, it would mess with one of my other blogolutions: Post on a regular schedule. Wait, what could be more regular than posting every day? Well, for me, I’ve established a reasonable (some weeks it just doesn’t happen, true) schedule of twice a week. Going every day fouls that for me, and I’m afraid I’d come out on the other side of April hating the whole blog thing.
So, there you have it. To those of you who have taken on this challenge, I say “Write on!” and “Congratulations!” I think it’s great, and I look forward to your posts. But it just wasn’t for me this year.