In yet another attempt to make blogging a more regular habit, I will outline the regular habits that have all come before blogging for the last month. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right?
So here are the top five activities and habits that most frequently come before blogging in order of how hard I think they will be to change:
- Netflix. For someone without a physical TV, I sure watch a lot of it. The accompanying excuse is, “I can accomplish other things while I’m watching.” This is true – I give Lieutenant Pumpkin her playtime, stretch after a workout, fold laundry, cook, clean, knit, whatever. But I don’t write.
- Knitting. The perfect accompaniment to Netflix! And now that I have a welcoming neighborhood yarn store, I spend a considerable amount of my weekend time there. On the one hand, I learn new skills and socialize. On the other hand, I do not write.
- Work. Obviously I don’t expect to start writing personal blog posts during work hours, but the job factors in because I work at a computer all day every weekday. On top of that, I started working from home a month ago. Fantastic, I know. But my eyes and fingers are glued to the computer for 8 hours of research and writing a day, most of it in my own home. This makes it harder to convince myself to spend personal time doing the same thing, even if it’s for my own fulfillment.
- Exercise. Sure, I could get close to two hours a day back if I stopped going to the gym. But is my blog going to save me when a bad guy backs me down an alley??? No. How about my muscles?? Also probably not. I sure like being able to open my own damn pickle jars, though.
- Cat. This one will almost certainly not change. I decided to take her after the ol’ breakup, and I’m responsible for her health and happiness. She deserves playtime, even if it’s tricky to wield a fuzzy mouse on a stick and type at the same time. Sometimes I tell her, “I’ll play with you at the end of this paragraph,” but she doesn’t care.
The one writing habit I have managed to keep up is nightly journaling, even when it devolves into “don’t feel like writing, cat sitting on journal anyway, night.” At least it’s proof that I CAN make writing an everyday habit.
Does anyone out there have suggestions, stories, sagas, or other S words to offer? Non-S words are also welcome.