I have always enjoyed playing with words, their sounds and meanings and how some of them evoke memories that take my mind to other countries, continents or places in childhood. They are exciting and vibrant and how we string them together provides a clue to our personality and the way we tick. We hear someone’s voice both with our ears as well as in our mind. How often have you received a letter (okay, email) or card and could hear the sender’s voice simply by the way they express themselves.
Blogging is a way to express ourselves in numerous ways. Some of us in short bursts while others can sit and write an academic piece in one go. For me, being able to tap out a post each day has been a challenge but I have to say that practice is making it easier – the perfect part is a long way off! I used to wish I had the commitment to set aside time regularly to write, now I wish I could carry a theme for more than one or two posts.
With the accountability of blogging challenges writing has become a daily must. I even find myself thinking: I could blog about that; ooohh perfect photo for that post; so much history in that building. In short my focus has shifted from simply observing life to looking for things to share on my blog. I have to tell you that blogging has kept me mindful of what is happening in and around my persona.
You can read all about the Ultimate Blog Challenge here but in a nutshell:
- post something to your blog each day in July
- share you post of Facebook and/or Twitter
- read, comment and share other’s posts
- repeat each day of the month
I can commit to 1, 2 and 4 easily but I don’t do Facebook or Twitter.
I’m blaming QP’s (QueasyPeasy) mojo for the drop in postings in June. It’s cold here and the warmth of the fire doesn’t creep up into the study. So I think QP’s mojo has relocated fireside which I hope has been enough to defrost my creative muse because in two days time the Ultimate Blog Challenge kicks off.
I’m going things differently this challenge. Instead of posting random pieces I’ve set five topics, one for each week in July. Five posts relating to the weekly topic with some free writing at the weekends which I’ll post as part of the challenge.
Week 1: Encouragement
Week 2: Some interesting things about my work as a drug and alcohol outreach counsellor (identifying characteristics and names have been altered for obvious reasons)
Week 3: Journalling
Week 4: Memory
Week 5: To be advised (any ideas would be appreciated)
Why would anyone with a full time job be crazy enough to commit to thirty one days of blogging? Well, at the end of November I rounded off a month’s worth of postings by responding to the challenge’s final prompt … and my reasons to once again pick up the baton have not changed.