Without a Miss…
Think that through…. That is 8 years, two months, and 19 days. A blog every day. Sometimes more than one blog a day if circumstances required it.
Computer crashes… Yup!
Internet connection failures… Yup!
Power outages… Yup!
Sickness and hospital stays… Yup!
Kris very sick… Yup!
Major move to new city… Yup!
Major business office move… Yup!
Biggest problem was nights I was too tired to care and had nothing to say… Those were the hard nights.
Why do this?
I have no damn idea, to be honest. None. Whatever reason I started this daily blog for (as I also started Smith’s Monthly on the same day) is lost to the mists of time.
Over the years I have talked a lot about fiction writing, about workshops, about exercise, about cats, about events.
I have never once talked politics and don’t allow it here. Just like we don’t allow it in our workshops here in Vegas.
I also never badmouth another writer here or allow anyone in a comment to do so.
I have talked about friends’ deaths, friends’ accomplishments, and so on.
And about things Kris is doing. A lot on that. (A favorite topic of mine when she allows it.)
I have also written a bunch of writing books in blog format, doing a chapter per blog. And those books are out and published. And I’ve started a number of books here and realized not good topics and quit.
I push Storybundles and Kickstarter campaigns here. But seldom my own books.
At times I will do a little “writing in public” just for fun, then I tend to get bored with it and stop. If I am doing a major challenge like I did writing four novels in one month, or the numbers of times I have written a story a day for a month, I talk about those here. Those are fun.
But I seldom promote my own books. In fact, no one here knows when I finish a book or a story or a publishing project and get it out unless the project is involved with something else. (Yeah, I know, silly.)
I Treasure the Comments…
Often a great comment or question from a reader helps me learn, makes me think about something in a different way, and starts a discussion. Now granted, anyone who has followed this for a few years knows my normal topics, my normal soapboxes, my passions.
So I understand people are afraid to comment at times, but don’t be going forward. If it breaks some rule or something, I just won’t publish the comment.
Over the 3,000 days of these, I couldn’t begin to count the numbers of times she said, “Don’t forget your blog.” Far more than 3,000 I am sure. And I appreciated every one of them. Oh trust me, without that, this streak would have been over a long, long time ago. So thank you, Kris.
Now I will keep going forward with a blog a night, sometimes about writing, sometimes about workshops, sometimes about exercising, sometimes about cats, and god knows what else. I have no goal, nothing I am aiming for. I am just going to keep going until one day I don’t for some reason or another.
And just to finish off this 3,000 days of blog posts without a miss, before starting day 3,001, here is a picture of my cat Walter and an early copy of Smith’s Monthly about seven or so years ago. I figured this post needed a cat picture, after all.