Much like Tommy and Gina who were immortalized in song by Bon Jovi, Sheri and I are likewise halfway there. That’s right: Today marks the half-way point of the National Blog Posting Month Challenge.
When I first floated the idea of doing this challenge, Sheri wanted to throw up. It all seemed so daunting—still does, in fact. But fourteen blog posts later—on topics ranging from golden Buddhas to warring poets to Patrick Swayze—we’re somehow still standing.
We thought we’d commemorate this milestone by reflecting on what these past two weeks have taught us about blogging. And, naturally, in keeping with the title of this post, we’re going to link these lessons to words spoken by that Great Sage of Everything, Bon Jovi.
“It’s all the same, only the (posts) have changed…” (from “Wanted Dead or Alive”): Even though we had no idea what we were getting into when we started this, we set down a few guidelines for ourselves: we wanted to write something every day, not just post something—that is, we didn’t want to copy and paste quippy lists or some trite-posing-as-inspirational poems we found on the Internet; we wanted to write something pseudo-substantial or at least vaguely interesting each day, not just a few sentences or a dirty limerick; and we didn’t want to write the same sort of things every day. We wanted to change things up each time. And while that seems liberating (Write about whatever you want? Cool!), it can actually be kind of paralyzing. (Maybe we should have stuck with the dirty limericks?)
“Tomorrow’s getting harder, make no mistake” (from “It’s My Life”) AND “I don’t know where I’m going/ Only God knows where I’ve been” (from “Blaze of Glory”): Coming up with a blog entry that fit the above criteria for one day is manageable… but what about the next day? And the day after that? Blogging, we’ve discovered, is relentless… and I guess Sheri and I tend to be relentful. Good thing we’re doing this together; we’re able to trade off days or pick up the slack if the other one is swamped. We absolutely commend anyone out there who is doing this solo.
“Lock the doors/ We’ll leave the world outside” (from “Thank You for Loving Me”): One of the hardest truths we’ve learned about blogging is that you cannot, in fact, leave the world outside. Instead, the world is still expecting you to engage in all your ordinary worldly activities—like taking care of your kids, or eating, or raking leaves, or even going to work once in a while. (Wouldn’t this contest be so much easier if everyone else in the world was doing it as well? Then you could just say, “Sorry, can’t generate that annual report this month… gotta do some blogging.” Why do we always have to accommodate the non-writers out there?)
Having said all this, we still think this has been an exhilarating experience so far. We’ve been forced to exercise our minds every day, and we’ve become part of a community of other like-minded lunatics who’ve taken on this same challenge. And lookee here: we’re already at the halfway point.
And so, as we look ahead to the next fifteen days, I want to say to my writing-partner, the one who wanted to vomit at the very thought of this: “Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear.”
Have a nice day!