This blog started out as a Project 365 writing blog in January, 2013. The inspiration for this came from the Project 365 challenge, where people try to document a year of their lives by blogging one photo each day. Except that, instead of blogging pictures, I wanted to just write for a few minutes each day. I did really great for the first month, but then every month thereafter, I blogged less and less. Finally, I fell of the wagon entirely for over a year. So, was it a failure? Yes… and no. Yes, in the sense that I did not crank out 365 blog posts in 2013. And no, because through the Writing Project 365, I was able to create a space where I could just write. About whatever I feel like, no topic off-limits! And when I was ready to come back, it was here, waiting for me. I don’t try to blog daily anymore, but I do intend to be more regular about it going forward.
Why a blog? Why not the old-fashioned notebook and pencil? I’ve long felt that I needed to get back into the habit of daily writing, just as a way to practice the craft of writing, to find my voice and get my creative juices flowing. The Writing Project 365 seemed like a good way to do this. And doing it in blog form allowed me to build accountability, as well as community. C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know we are not alone.” And the more I wrote, the more I realized that I write to know I am not alone. The community aspect is one of the things I love best about blogging, so if you’re reading, I do hope you’ll chime in with your thoughts every so often!