I posted this originally on November 1, 2013. As any casual perusal of this site will show, I didn’t succeed. So this is another attempt.
It’s November 1st, boys and girls! And you know what that means!
You don’t know what that means? Oh. Well, bear with me.
Once upon a time, I wrote regularly in this space. Some of it was personal life update rambling, and some of it was musing on this and that, and some of it was just random cool things that I found around the Internet. when I look back on it, though, it gives me a insight into where I was in my head at the time.
Around late 2008 or so, I stopped writing so much. There’s a variety of reasons why, but the primary one is that there were things going on that I didn’t want to talk about publicly, but that were taking up a large number of my mental cycles. And then after going for a while, there was an odd inertia, where I couldn’t post about topic Z because before I write about that, I really should write about topics Y and X, and the next thing you know you’re backed up to topic A and the whole thing feels insurmountable.1
In fits and starts, I’ve tried to relaunch my online blog, most recently in May and June of this year, and I had a good roll until I got derailed by a few unexpected psychic bumps. But inertia works both ways. If you can get the momentum, you can sustain it.
November is traditionally NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where people promise to produce a 50,000 words towards a novel by the end of the month. It is also NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), where people pledge to produce at least one blog entry every day for the month of November. So that is what I intend.
I aim to misbehave.2
I can’t promise every entry will be scintillating. Perhaps they won’t even be as scintillating as this one.3 But I’m hoping that the inertia of doing this will get me back into the regular habit.
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In closing, I leave you with a video I return to again and again for inspiration. Ze Frank sent this out to all his kickstarter backers just before he restarted his online video show. It’s titled “An Invocation For Beginnings”, and it’s worth watching, no matter what project you’re about to undertake.
“There is no need to sharpen my pencils anymore. My pencils are sharp enough. Even the dull ones will make a mark. Warts and all, let’s start this shit up.”
Yes, you could just skip all that and start where you are, but that’s your brain, not mine. ↩
And by “misbehave”, I mean “write a blog entry every day in November. And also the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard. ↩
A friend of mine on LJ has a tag that reads “don’t be interesting just post”. ↩