April is kind of a big month for me on this blog; I generally do two challenges — the 30 Day A-to-Z, and NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month). In the past, I’ve combined the two, but this year, given that my creative output has been generally pretty steady and I’ve been happy with how I’ve made some time for creativity most days, I’ve decided to be ambitious and complete both challenges separately. Which isn’t to say that I’ll post two entries a day (though I might; I haven’t worked out all the logistics yet), but that the two challenges will be distinct instead of conflated.
I also realize that while I’ve been exponentially better about my posting habits, I’m not at the post-an-entry-every-day stage (like I had been for a few weeks back in December and January), so I thought I’d ease into daily posting with a 31 Day Challenge in March.
I found this challenge via Some Shananagins, originally posted in March 2015, and given that I had also been thinking that I’d like to do some Getting To Know You/Me type posts, this seemed like a wonderfully happy solution to both of those ambitions.
Day 1: Introduction
I’m not sure if the intention was an introduction to the challenge or the blog but since I’ve done the former already, let me do the latter.
I started this blog, many incarnations ago, as a creative writing blog that became a pseudo-parenting blog that became an ADHD blog… ugh. I just couldn’t quite get a handle on what I wanted this place to be.
I thought back to the halcyon (and, ok, slightly melodramatic) days of LiveJournal, and how novel and refreshing it was to simply have a place to share tidbits of my daily life, goals, progress on said goals, and creative endeavors. I thought, how great would it be to come back to all the best parts of LiveJournal culture, minus the hormones and the unfortunate emo icons?
So, that’s essentially what I did. I’m still working to find my genuine voice, and to strike a balance between art-dumping and real-life talk (a lot of that is reliant on how much time I have to sit and reflect, and how productive I’ve been on the creative front), but I feel like I’m getting there. I’m certainly far happier with this incarnation of the blog than I was with any of the others.
That’s it for today… I’m not expecting this challenge will constitute the be-and-end of all my blog entries this month, but rather be just a component of them, and I also welcome and encourage people to share their answers to the daily prompts with me. I love reading about other people’s live, particularly the silly minutiae. I don’t know why; again, I credit that voyeuristic streak with spending my formative years on LiveJournal.
Sunday night. Hope you’ve all had a relaxing weekend. As for me, I’m happily full of home-made empanadas, and looking forward to catching up on a couple of weeks worth of Bob’s Burgers while I go hog over on Pinterest. Have lovely evenings, all.