In response to the Day 6 task from Writing 101 and the Day 1 task from Blogging 201!
The emails from the Blogging U’s always states this “Do the tasks at your own pace to match your blogs requirements” and that is something I never paid much attention to! I usually have an urge to write as soon as I see a prompt. But this week was different!
I am almost 3 days late for the 1st task of Blogging 201 and the Day 6 task for Writing 101. Oh no, I broke the perfect record of posting daily after just 5 days of W101! I am a Late Kate! (That’s my imagination running wild as always!)
Anyway, since I am in a hurry to catch up I thought it is best to combine the tasks and do one post. Honestly, that is not the only reason I wanted to combine the posts. Off late I felt like my posts are digressing from the theme of my blog albeit not intentionally, I feel like my focus has shifted to creative writing side. Creative writing was supposed to be one part of the posts; however it now seems to be taking up most of my time and posts! And that means it is time to buck up and get back on track.
What is the best way to get back on track? That’s right, to write down the Top 3 goals for this blog! Thank you, B201!
I have mentioned in my “About” page in detail what I wish to achieve through this blog. When I started blogging I said to myself that if I were able to get my message delivered and help at least one other person, then I consider my job well done!
Well, I am ecstatic to announce that I have surpassed my expectations! In the past 2 months, I have received emails on my personal email account from 5 people (whose details I will not divulge – for obvious reasons!) thanking me for giving them the courage to take that very important decision in their lives. The posts that most affected them were the ones I wrote on Domestic Violence and Being in Love with your Past!
Reading those emails established my belief in the power of the written word! It encourages me to continue doing what I am doing thus making the below list my top goals:
- To stick to the theme of the blog and post at least 2 times a week including weekly feature I do on Tuesdays!
- Continue to contribute to the creative writing side of this blog with short stories and six word story challenges!
- To visit as many blogs as I can in a day and comment on at least 5 blogs on a daily basis (too ambitious considering that I have a day job – but then what are lunch breaks for anyway?)
Of course to conform to this list I will need to continue to have access to my personal writing space. I am someone with many personality quirks, one of them being that I have to be in my ‘personal space’ using my laptop to write! I cannot write on anyone else’s laptop (weird – I know!) but mine! And for someone with these kinds of quirks, I have 2 places that I consider my personal space (how convenient!).
Being a working single mom means one thing – NO TIME WHATSOEVER! So I am always multitasking, throughout the day. My writing time is reserved for the evenings after work on weekdays. Weekends are solely reserved for my son and the volunteer work I do, I mostly don’t post on weekends!
I start working on a post sitting on the kitchen counter while helping my son with his day’s homework and fixing dinner. This is why the kitchen counter is one of the cozy personal spots for my writing, plain convenience, I guess. Surprisingly, I get ideas for most of my posts from there!
The other space is of course on my bed when my son is asleep and the continuous flow of questions coming from him has stopped and there is the peace of the quiet night! That is when the romance between my laptop and my thoughts translates into my posts! 🙂
Sadly, I do not having a writing habit, thoughts come to me at the most random times. Most of the time when I am driving when I can’t even make a note of what I was thinking of! My memory is not that great, which means I often, forget what I was thinking about if I do not quickly write it down. This has happened to me so many times that I finally invested in Evernote. I made notes in it every time something good hits me, if I am driving, I pull over and quickly jot it down on my phone and then read it back to myself to remind me of what I was thinking!
I would love to know what you guys do to manage your writing habits; I read some great posts on this topic and am still catching up on others. They have given me ideas but if you have some other suggestion that will help me, please go ahead and let me know in the comments! I really need it! 😀