When I first started my blog a few months ago I did so for fun, because I kept having ideas I wanted to write about and I love writing. I didn’t want to have any pressure or any have to’s. The last 10 years of my life were way more than “busy” and the last 3 or 4 years were so stressful I was sleep deprived and nearly off my rocker – so I have been very careful not to create any stress or pressure in my new life. I created my blog without any deadlines or self-created expectations. I took my time to create my pages on Outer Action and Inner Action and posted something every couple of weeks whenever I felt like it. And it’s been great.
A few days ago I got an email saying that NaBloPoMo is here! What is here? That’s what I said. Apparently, November is National Blog Posting Month – according to the founder, Eden Kennedy, it is a communal blogging challenge, a community of writers and bloggers who inspire and support one another. Thousands of bloggers make a commitment to posting something every day to get into the habit of daily blogging, to build momentum and readership, to share in a common experience, to learn from each other and to become actual legitimate bonafide bloggers.
I was indecisive for a few days. This seems to go against my no-pressure rule. But there is also the Go-for-it rule. That means when you do something, put your whole self into it. Whatever you are doing – be fully present, fully engaged and fully sincere about doing it. If you are going to pray, pray with your whole heart and soul and every drop of feeling in you. If you are going to meditate, give it your full attention, your full intention and all of your loving awareness. If you are going to write, truly and deeply listen to what your inner self wants to say to the outer world and go for it. That is why last year when for the first time ever I watched American Idol, even though I was slightly embarrassed about it and never admitted it publicly before, I voted. I figured, if I was going to spend two evenings a week glued to the TV texting my sister back and forth with running commentary, I should go all in and vote.
Blogging and writing is something I WANT to do, it’s something that I enjoy, something that I love doing. I want to practice, to learn, to grow and to become better and better at expressing the inner life that I experience on my path through this world. I am excited and grateful to share my self through words.
So, I am committing to NaBloPoMo! I am going to post something every day for the month of November! I am committing to making something that I thoroughly enjoy a part of my every day life, and to grow and expand my horizons in the process. And I do so not with pressure or have to’s – but with joy and want to’s. So, let’s go for it!