If Laozi were around today, maybe Taoism would include a meditation about a journal of a thousand articles beginning with a single post. As a blogger, I’ve lost my way in recent years, moving from long strings of publishing every day to struggling to contribute to the blogs I help author. That behavior ends today.
One thousand days from today is October 17, 2013. I intend to contribute new blog content to this site every day until that date. If that doesn’t tone my writing skills, nothing will.
Why aim so big? Why not start with blogging every day this month or this week? Aside from the symbolic value that comes with four digits, I also needed something drastic enough that it wouldn’t be a temptation to go off the wagon and try again later. This is a two-and-a-half-year proposition, and I want a mindset that shifts on that scale.
It isn’t a lack of material that has kept me from blogging. I battle my open-tab fetish by dragging interesting but unread pages into a desktop folder, which has grown to 359 items over the past year. I’ve re-integrated Snackr, a great ambient RSS reader, to join Twitter’s new Mac App. The two quiet but steady streams bring me new catalysts for writing. I also have over 2600 academic papers and PDFs in various stages of being processed, some of which are directly relevant to my current dissertation topic.
There are a number of possible factors keeping me inactive. Part of this personal pledge to write it to better identify and understand those barriers, and to learn to adjust.Tags: 1000 days, 2013, behavior change, goals, Laozi, Taoism, writing