Wow. Sixteen posts in as many days. I have to admit that there is a small part of me that didn't think I'd make it this far, and it really hasn't even been much of a struggle. Although I probably just jinxed myself by typing that.
Even though I'm enjoying the challenge of writing everyday, I've discovered that ultimately it isn't my style and after the month is over, I'll probably go back to my regular schedule. Having to pound out a post everyday is incredibly all consuming. This blog has become all I think about. I flip flop between two mindsets: One in which I can't think of a single thing to write about, and the other in which I have half a dozen ideas floating around in my head that I'm trying to make sense of and organize in a coherent fashion. It's mentally exhausting.
Another negative is that I have less time to read and comment on other blogs. Not to mention the fact that I haven't been as good about responding to the comments left here. I genuinely consider a lot of you to be my friends, so I don't like not being able to "talk" to you as much as I had in the past.
There has been one main positive though. Writing everyday has forced me to.......well, actually write. It can be really easy to get into the habit of writing a few sentences and then filling a post with pictures and links and hitting Publish. Obviously I have no problem with this tried and true formula, I use it quite regularly. But it can't be done everyday. I realize now that I had fallen into a rut with my blog. Writing everyday has brought that to my attention and I've been forced to pull myself out of that rut and it feels good. I've had to think outside my comfort zone and maybe write about things I wouldn't have bothered with before. And I'm proud of that.
So, please forgive me for this small moment of reflection on the month so far. I'm anxious to see what the rest of October holds for me although I worry I'm going to be scraping the bottom of the barrel pretty soon. Frankly, my life isn't really interesting enough to warrant a blog post everyday.