Thursday, January 01, 2009

the goal for 2009

Last year, I decided to undertake a huge project: to blog every day for a year. I don't know what possessed me to do this. I know that I felt like I was a lousy blogger, and I wanted to try my hand at writing more.

I completed the journey yesterday, and there wasn't any real joy or sense of accomplishment, just relief that I didn't have to blog every damn day. It wasn't fun, you know? I felt like a lot of days I just cranked out crap, or decided to use a text message or e-mail rather than write down how I really felt. As December came to a close, I gave some serious thought to closing up shop all together. The whole last month was just a struggle. I would think of post ideas, but I'd just push them to the side. But writing meaningful "columns", for want of a better word, was the whole reason I wanted to do Blog 365 in the first place.

So, after careful consideration, I've decided to keep the blog going. I am planning on making a significant change, however. Instead of throwing something up here every single day, I am going to aim for one quality post a week; something of substance between 500-1000 words that I'll work on during the week and will go up every Monday. There may be weeks where I have more posts; there will probably be a couple of vacation weeks where I decide to write nothing at all. The important thing, however, is that I put things up here that are worth your time, and mine. I hope that you'll come along for the ride, and hopefully we can start up a back-and-forth in the comments again, like the old days.

One last thing. I left NYC this morning, to do a show in a new town with considerably better weather. (I haven't named it yet.) I'm staying in one of the nicest places I've ever lived in. It seems to be the perfect way to kick off a new year.

I think that, after the last 365 days, I deserve a bit of a break. I'm taking the rest of the weekend off. See you on Monday.


beautiful face said...

thank you for your lovely comment on my last post of 2008

i was wondering your motivation for writing?

- to inspire you?
- to help you write better?
- to set a goal and stick with it?

It would be great to hear why you write and what it does for you? If you can identify that, maybe it would correlate to a goal that makes sense for you.


C-Marie said...

Happy New Year!

The Rover said...

I write because I like writing, and I want to get better at it. I think that it's fairly easy for me to get on here and spew out the first thing that comes to mind, but it's much more challenging to try to put together something intelligent. So that's my challenge.

I do also think it's a good idea to be committed to something. Stability is sorely lacking in my life, so having something regular is nice.