Sticking to this daily routine for six months, even when I could only manage a few sentences or a photo, has properly opened the floodgates. For the first three months, I had to work hard to post once a day. As of June, I’m finding it much easier. Not only am I able to tee up posts for the following day, occasionally I have to decide how to distribute three or four pre-composed posts through the following week. Having personal “themes”, like Friday’s Unscientific Poll, Caturday, and Shaggy Pony Updates, also helps with regular content generation.
I find myself making little mental notes about things to post, the same way I put reminders in my calendar. As soon as I can, I open a Google doc on my phone, stick a date on it, and bash out a couple of sentences that are usually enough to work with later when I can use a proper keyboard.
I’m also less afraid to post spontaneously when the mood strikes me. I think this has probably been aided by quitting Twitter. I had feared that quitting Twitter would make me less extemporaneous, and in the immediate aftermath it did, but I seem to have recovered fine. I’m hopeful that my spontaneous (and mostly access-locked) entries are more fluent and of better quality, because I’m always in the mindset that I must compose a coherent a journal entry rather than just blathering into multiple, oft-disorganised tweets.
I’ve had to declare an amnesty on comment replies a couple of times during the project, which I’ve historically been reluctant to do. It’s probably good for me to let go of that compulsion.
On the positive side, replying to others’ posts is becoming easier. I used to overthink every comment, to the point that I often wound up not posting a single sentence that I’d been hemming and hawing over for an hour. No more. The daily practise of reading and writing, plus the time limits I put on myself for reading both LJ and DW lists, mean I get comments out in a couple of minutes, whether they perfectly express what I mean or not.
So I’ll take a moment this evening to raise a glass to reaching the halfway mark. I’m very pleased to have made it this far. Onward to July through December!
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