“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight then it is swept by and another takes its place and this too will be swept away.” Marcus Aurelius
Congratulations go out to all of my fellow bloggers for completing the first quarter (25%) of the Daily Post Challenge! January 1, 2011 now seems like only a blink away when we embarked on the blogging challenge. We were eager and excited to start posting on a variety of topics. Many of us just wanted to see if we could stay the course, while others wanted the discipline of committing to a writing schedule.
It has been an arduous task for some, an exhilarating experience for others, and simply wearing for the rest of us. The fact remains that by midnight today, we would have completed 91 days of writing with 274 days to go. How have we fared? Thrived? Survived? Personally, I would like to see the creation of a 26 hour day… or as someone said in our forum, a time freeze. But let me not get ahead of myself.
Based on the responses to the poll shown below, 161 respondents shed some light on the question: What’s been the hardest part of the challenge? I must admit that the first time I read the poll, my gut reaction was to choose either #1 or #9. If #1 – not getting distracted included; things that hampered or interfered with our efforts at making sure we were meeting all our other daily obligations, managing our time and responsibilities effectively, staying committed to honoring our blogging buddies, and feeding the hungry post a day monster, then I would throw my lot with the 43 voters who selected that choice.
If #9 8) – Reviewing and responding to comments meant; struggling with making sure we were visiting all our blog buddies daily, reciprocating to the feedback we receive, and finding ways to make new blogging friends while writing meaningful content to attract meaningful comments then my lot would also be cast with the 11 voters who picked that one as the hardest thing. But what is it really about? Determinism: Cause-and-Effect? A propensity for suffering and pain? The joy of completion? All of the above and the answers below? Perhaps… 😉
You’ve now completed 25% of the challenge! Feedback for us?
1) Not getting distracted 26.71% (43 votes)
2) Starting a post 16.15% (26 votes)
3) Completing a post 2.48% (4 votes)
4) Finding writing ideas 28.57% (46 votes)
5) Making edits to drafts 1.86% (3 votes)
6) Learning to use WordPress.com 8.07% (13 votes)
7) Finding the courage to hit publish 3.11% (5 votes)
8) Finding images and links 6.21% (10 votes)
9) Reviewing and responding to comments 6.83% (11 votes)
“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture, it’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” Seneca
As I think about the 91 days of blogging that we’ve completed so far, I have to say that it has yielded many rewards and definitely some struggles. I’ve enjoyed the feedback from my fellow bloggers, and like a moth to a light, each day, I am drawn to my laptop to add my voice and my words to the project and then seek out my fellow blogging thespians to share in the drama of their posts; their collective stories.
Time and its cumulative distractions have been my biggest nemesis. Add to that my obsessive nature of constantly editing my posts, and the fact that by the time I finish commenting on my buddies blog posts, I find myself falling behind on adding replies to comments on mine, and you get a better sense of my personal challenges. Quite often, I feel like I’m in a chase to beat the clock and, at other times, the process becomes all consuming or sublime. But venture out I do, and with each step, each effort, I make friends with the difficult parts of blogging… it is not easy and I’m a work in progress. Aren’t we all?
Like many of you, I have stayed the course and found ideas in unlikely and familiar places; the daily post and plinky included. Images and links have often come from Wikipedia and Zemanta, and by hook or by crook, I finish the posts I start even if I have to add more content after the fact. There is a bit of determinism, a propensity for pain, the joy of completion and more. But, at the end of the day, what I’ve enjoyed most is seeing each post published and rejoicing with my buddies when they publish theirs. 🙂
What other things have been a burden or hard for you on the Daily Post Challenge? What are your thoughts?
Positive Motivation Tip: The more effort we make, the more results we get. Even Old Mr. Time steps on his stool to applaud our effort and remind us to stay in the race.
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