We’ve all heard the saying “Dance like nobody’s watching,” but the other day while scrolling Instagram I saw a quote posted by Launch Pad Publishing that truly stuck with me — “Write like everybody’s reading.”
The caption reminds us that if we write a book no one reads, that’s called a journal. Then it goes on to say, “Write like EVERYBODY’S reading and maybe they will.”
On November 6, 2019, I had the opportunity to speak at Bookmarking Birmingham, an event hosted by the United Way of Central Alabama that was all about how Birmingham-based digital content creators can use their influence to do good in the city.
If you’re trying to decide if you should do NaNoWriMo or #BlogLikeCrazy next month, there is a way you could do both. Sort of. You could blog your book, which is what I plan to do this year.
For the second year in a row, I almost didn’t host #BlogLikeCrazy, my annual challenge to anyone who’s game to publish a new blog post every day for 30 days in November. Last year I was sick of blogging but fortunately, it was #BlogLikeCrazy that helped me get my blogging groove back. This year I was going to skip #BlogLikeCrazy so I could use November to work on the book that I’ve been ignoring for nearly two years, but then I realized I could just blog my book!
When #BlogLikeCrazy season approaches, I often think about one of my favorite Flannery O’Connor quotes: “I write to discover what I know.”
Can you relate? Can you remember moments when you’ve started writing in a journal or typing on a keyboard just to quiet the questions swirling in mind only to discover, by the time you write your final line, that you had the answers all along?
This is one of the many reasons I love #BlogLikeCrazy, my annual challenge to bloggers to publish a new blog post every day for 30 days in November. This challenge gives me 30 new chances to discover what I know and to do so near the end of the year, a perfect time for reflection.