Okay so I went quiet again. Sorry about that. The truth is that I haven’t been writing a lot lately but the good news is that this is about to change very soon. Over the last week or so I’ve been staying with family in Bali and with no wi-fi at the house, I found myself picking up my Kindle to read when I would have otherwise been checking my iPhone for new messages. As a result, I finished two books that I had already started, read three from scratch and started three more that I currently have on the go.
When I’m in reading mode, I honestly find it very difficult to write. The kinds of books I’ve been reading have been thought-provoking to say the least and when I have that many new ideas rattling around in my head I find it hard to sit down and put my own coherent thoughts on paper.
I love reading, I find it restorative and restful not to mention educational and enlightening, so this time has been really great for me but not so great for the blog. Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about how to redress the balance and last night, in a flash of inspiration, it came to me. During the month of July, I will publish a blog post every day for 30 days. Yes you read it right, that’s 30 posts in the month of July. Before you jump to email me, I am aware that there are 31 days in July but I figure that I’ll either use July 31st to write a ‘Things I learnt about publishing every day for 30 days’ post or I’ll use it to collapse in an exhausted, burnt out heap. I’d like to keep that day open for either possibility.
I feel both daunted and excited by this experiment. When I first started this blog back in early 2011, I published every single Wednesday without fail for nine whole months. Then I let the schedule slip and it’s never been the same since. I want to get back to a publishing schedule for both my sanity and for you. In the past, I had feedback from people who said they would look forward to my Wednesday posts and on more than one occasion I noticed traffic spiking on a Wednesday morning before I’d even hit the publish button. I’d like to get back to a point where both you and I know what to expect around here.
The other reason that I want to do this is because I’ve been struggling lately with what I can only describe as the opposite to writers’
block. You might call it writers’ overwhelm, let’s say and for me it’s when I have so many things that I want to tell you about that I can never seem to focus on one single post. I’ll start two or three and then never finish any of them. I can’t help feeling that writing everyday will be somewhat of a much-needed purge.
I don’t doubt that this endeavour will come with its challenges and I’m almost certain that I won’t publish thirty great posts but I’m hoping you’ll bear with me as I push myself a little by experimenting with what is for me, my ever developing craft.
July is going to be a busy month. it will see me finally leave Indonesia after 5 weeks here, head to Singapore for a few days before heading back to Thailand. There I’ll meet up with friends in Bangkok before spending two weeks exploring Chiang Mai with a buddy of mine, with a view to hanging up my hat there for the foreseeable future. If Chiang Mai proves to be the place for me, then I’ll spend the rest of July looking for an apartment, a gym, hiring a scooter, trying to meet people and getting stuck in to building a bit of a life for myself there. After three months on the road I’m ready to stay put for a while and knuckle down to some serious work.
So with all that going on, July might possibly be the worst month for me to attempt this experiment but actually that only makes me feel more determined to do it. If I am ever going to make this nomadic lifestyle work, I need to know that I can write and work even when I’m undergoing huge amounts of change because that’s the whole point right?
1. Please let me know if there is any topic or subject that you would like me to write about during July. These daily posts are likely to be shorter, more to the point pieces so if you want to hear my thoughts on a subject just let me know by putting it in the comments or dropping me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. If you are a subscriber, please resist the temptation to unsubscribe from the blog as I bombard you with my thoughts for a whole month. I promise that this will not last beyond July after which I will settle back into a reasonable publishing schedule. If you really don’t want to get daily emails from me, drop me a line and I can change the frequency of your emails.
Well that’s it for now and I look forward to spending July with you. If you liked the post and want to let others know about my forthcoming writing experiment, please share it by hitting one of the buttons below.