I have been guilty of frequent disappearances from the blog scene, failingly try to justify the same, in the end feeling sad to have missed out on recording many updates in my life and eventually forgetting their intricate details.
“I know not what I think, where I’m heading, unless I write it and read to understand what I am getting at.”
The cure to blogging disruptions is often advised to lie in taking up the challenge to write every day, even if it means writing a few words. I have forever been apprehensive of the blogging challenges due to a list of reasons:
- I am confident of my failure of staying put to write for a whole month.
- The perfectionist in me can’t see me blabber away just to fill a post (though that’s exactly what I do most of the time on this blog).
- I don’t have the luxury of doing picture posts to sail through (you know why if you’re a reader of this blog).
- I suck at giving apt titles to my posts and finding titles to last a month are enough to keep me doing just this all month, wait, I have to think of the body to match the post too.
- I cannot for the life of me write short posts (blame it again on my habit of rambling) and that’s the trick to sustain a writing challenge, isn’t it?
I have been getting no where in terms of blogging. Over 100 drafts are praying hard in hope of seeing the light of being published someday. But the master procrastinator in me is too busy loathing in self-pity, collecting the blooming excuses in my mind.
I have finally, against my mind’s extreme resistance, enrolled myself for the April A to Z Challenge. I know, you must be stupefied by my extreme step wondering why would I have jumped onto something so trying rather than a regular blog-a-thon?
Trust me, those were my exact thoughts before signing up. But now, that I have signed up (just a couple of days ago) here’s what I’m expecting to achieve in April:
- Writing daily on a topic with the letter of the day. It’ll work up my rusty, poor vocabulary a fair bit.
- Cover 26 letters in month of April because Sundays are off for sanity sake.
- Make friends with new, like-minded, awesome bloggers (I am forever looking for them & this is going to get so much easier this way).
- Learn to inculcate the discipline in writing & hopefully carry it on post April too.
- Get serious with my love for writing and not treating it like a one-post-in-a-blue-moon affair.
- Have this blog catch up on the sea of updates & the missed milestones in the days I was not blogging.
- Hoping to improve my power of expression in the written word, which sucks big time.
With that deluge of expectations, let’s round-up the theme I’d be writing on all month. When I read the helping tips to sail through this mammoth challenge, one was to pick a theme to be guided in my thoughts while writing everyday. Honestly, it appeared pretty daunting given that I am not going to take up the fiction route at any point.
My blog is at no point going to drift from its prime focus of topics and will stick to real life drama of my life, so, you must expect personal posts in plenty but theme wise, I am going to target parenting and perhaps social issues (if I can muster enough courage to dig deeper and get dirty) primarily. Occasional book reviews will happen and few food posts, though in slim probability but might feature in April.
Though the theme isn’t looking clear at this point, but I’m sure once I’ll get in the groove of writing, I will end up finding out a concrete theme to stick to.
If you’re also doing the April A to Z challenge, say hello (here or on Twitter). If you’d like to join in and are wondering how to start, find the badge in my sidebar, click it to reach the sign up page where more than thousand fabulous bloggers from the world over have registered already.
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling
Let’s do this.
The song on my mind: Aashayein ~ Iqbal