Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Commitment

So while I've been out here in Fargo I've steadily been accumulating observations and anecdotes about life out here on the plains. The problem isn't to find the time to write, I have as much time as I need most days, but rather finding the discipline (and perhaps courage) to write each and every day. I know each blog post doesn't have to be "The Invisible Man", but because that kind of literate, precise, and clear writing is what I strive for, I often find myself paralyzed by my own limitations as a writer.

The decision I have made to get myself over the hump is to make a public commitment to write an average of 500 words a day, five days a week for the remainder of the calendar year. I'm guessing that those five days will usually coincide with the work week, but perhaps not. Sometimes the 500 words will go down in a single post, other days I may do five 100 word posts and I'm gonna leave myself some wiggle room in case I write some sort of emotionally exhausting 1500 word screed, that so long as I reach 2500 words for the week I'll consider my commitment fulfilled.

Of course, the $64,000 question is always does anyone give a fuck? I'm guessing at least a couple of people will be interested to see me spill my brains all over the internet a little more often, but this public declaration will mostly be met by raging indifference.


Knockout Ed said...

I think it will be worth it. I'm reading. I was having the same struggles when I started blogging again after a long layoff. Especially since I had only posted a couple of times before I stopped. I think Ta-Nehisi said in post that once you start doing it regularly you will eventually find your voice. That's what I'm trying to do because I'm still all over the place. I don't think my personality has really come through yet. You got @ least one person waiting to see your brains spilled. We all have to start somewhere as they say.

Hill Rat said...


You'll never know how much your support means to me friend. Thanks for listening and stay tuned.



Knockout Ed said...

I will. I also got to give props to Ta-Nehisi you're on his blogroll that's how I ended up here.