It got late awfully early this year in the A to Z Challenge.
It’s May 9, and I’m just now wrapping up the write-everyday blog challenge that occupied all of April. I’m less Nyquist and all Whitmore if you’re comparing this challenge to say, the Kentucky Derby. (Nyquist won; Whitmore was 19th of 20 horses. Shagaf didn’t finish. At least I did.)
I tried to manage this plus a blog for work in this challenge.
That didn’t float. It did, for a short while. But to write every day, or at least post every day, that’s a grind, you know? It’s a first-world grind, yes. At least I learned a few lessons. If you’re not learning, why do it? Here are the lessons I came away with this time.
I need to write
It’s my love. Why not do it every day? It’s better than doing other things I like to do, every day. Can you imagine a bacon cheeseburger challenge? I’d do it. Probably just once.
I need to sleep
It’s 11:43. There’s a 43% chance I’ll choose sleep over finishing this post. I did that a few times. It’s why I fell behind. A boy’s gotta sleep. Maybe more at age 44 than ever before.
(Note: I was asleep within 30 minutes of writing that. I ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.)
The engagement rocks
I’ve met some incredible bloggers I’d never know without the challenge list. Some will appear for the first time in #6words. That’s good news for all of us.
The engagement sometimes isn’t so good
We’re called on to visit five blogs every day of the challenge. That’s a tall order, but if I eliminate the time I spent scratching my head and googling Pippa Middleton, it’s easy to make up. Many days, I didn’t get a single hit from the challenge link.
The struggle is real
You see it on other blogs, too. We hit the ground running, fueled by moxie, spunk, piss, and vinegar, whatever your poison. You hit G H I, it’s a slog. Never mind W Y X.
You sacrifice the good
I’m not just talking about missing out on catching The Goldbergs with the kids. You miss out on reading the blogs that you love to read every day. I think we should all take a month off and catch up.
I love this
I do. When words turn tough or flow like democrat spending, words are wonderful. The people who create the words and read the words and leave comment words, they’re wonderful, too.