This 30-day-challenge enticed me because of three things.
- Writing prompts are a tool I enjoy using to spark some creativity. You never know what will come to mind when you read those. (Sometimes literally nothing comes to mind, but other times my brain floods with ideas.)
- I figured this would give me the opportunity to share some more personal/informal posts with my readers, which might help us establish and develop more personable connections.
- WordPress introduced this challenge as a way to meet new bloggers. These past couple of years, I have definitely struggled with finding new blogging buddies. I do not like boxing myself in by just searching for specific tags and other ways are tedious at times. So, I figured that this would make it easier to find more like-minded people. To date, no one outside of my usual circle introduced themselves to me through the Bloganuary hashtag. Yesterday, I tried to seek fellow challenge participants out myself. THERE ARE SO MANY! I did read a few posts and left some comments. Let us see if it translates into something.
However, I did hesitate when deciding to pick up the towel. And, to be transparent – I still do. Cathleen and I had a discussion about the number of posts vs. their quality. We share a preference for the latter. As a result of that conversation, I pondered password protecting the #Bloganuary posts (or even writing them only in Word) so you do not have to read my random rambling that is just brain vomit. In the end, I decided against it. For now.
After a while, I decided that, because I have not been able to find a good way to connect with a new audience as of late, number three is the most important goal of mine for this challenge. As a result, I will continue with the project for the time being. To my ‘usuals:’ please feel free to skip these posts. I will label them clearly so you will know. My CW/NROP content should be coming back in February.
I read the prompt and … nothing. My eyes saw the letters and my brain translated them into words, but there was nothing else happening behind the scenes. I blinked. The screen did not change.
Does it mean that I never leave my comfort zone?
But I put up with people that I imagine did not exist. That must count for something.
Yea, we have known that for quite some time.
I consider myself adventurous and mostly up for new experiences. Does that mean that I go out of my comfort zone all the time? Or that THAT is my comfort zone and NOT having new experiences (just sticking to a routine) would be considered stepping out of my comfort zone? I am more confused now than I was when I first read the prompt. Ha!
When I started writing this post, I thought there would be an off-topic introduction (why the challenge) and then the actual post. However, after a few lines, I realized that the introduction WAS the post. Are YOU the one that is now confused? Let me explain.
Sharing my thoughts and hesitations is not my strong suit. As a person who usually knows what they want and who is very opinionated, I find the vulnerability of sharing hesitation uncomfortable. Why? I fear someone preying on my weaknesses. It is much easier not to display it in the first place. Additionally, while I can make quick decisions when it comes to important topics, I might take a bit of time when it comes to less consequential ones (like this challenge). I wonder if that will negatively reflect on me.
In the past, I have often been told by my fellow bloggers that I should post more personal content so they could get to know me better. I always claimed that you DO get to know me through my NROPs and CWs, and I think those of you who have been around for quite some time agree with that now. But, to show that I am human (another concern of others), every now and again, I write a more personal post. Somehow, those get the least favorable response.
What does that mean?
Seriously. Tell me. I have some ideas but would love to hear from you.
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