Yup, day one is gonna be a writing prompt post.
“What are you hoping to get out of Blaugust this year?”
This one is pretty simple. I want to start getting into the habit of writing on a regular basis. Even if I’m not doing a daily thing for the rest of my life, if I can get into the habit of sititng down and committing words to screen somewhat more consistently I will be all the better.
As I mentioned before I used to write on the regular. I was a broody early-twenties young thing and the entire world was metaphors and poetry. I learned a lot about myself during that time. I also learned a lot about other people during that time. I feel like it helped me become a more empathetic and introspective person. And let’s face it, those two things have helped me choose my career path and get me to this point in my life. So I owe my younger emo self some credit.
I keep taking a lot of notes about the things I want to write about. A lot of those potential posts don’t seem to get passed the third paragraph and sit in draft mode for years. The other domain has more draft posts than published… which makes me immensely sad. The hope is that I stop having a fear of the publish button and just start yolo-writing. You know, not caring what other people are going to think or say about what I write about and just doing it because it’s what I feel like doing it.
I also want to avoid writing anything too technical. When school is in session I have this tendency to try to write APA stylized “papers” as blog posts and no one wants to read that shit. I mean, someone does, but probably very few people on my twitter timeline. So research papers are out.
No one gives a fuck about what you’re eating either. That ship has long since sailed, so I’m not going to be posting pics of my dinner and talking about my day. I’m not 15 and no one cares about who I talked to today. What I hope is that I find my voice in all of this mess. I want to be able to write about things that interest me or seem fun. Including the adventures of my day with work. I do have a lot of adventures at work and meet a ton of really interesting people.
i will likely write some political-ish posts, feminist-leaning and all that. It happens. I feel strongly about stuff. And things. And that includes feminism (intersectional feminism), body positivity, and sex positive ideas. I also want to feel comfortable writing shit too. Stuff that’s the equivalent of click bait or whatever. “JUST READ MY WORDS!!” Cause sometimes that shit is entertaining and I am a sucker for a good click bait article. I admit it.
So there it is. Kind of a run down of what to expect for the next month. And maybe even beyond if I can manage to stay in the habit. (I’m repeating myself aren’t I? Apologies, I’m on a plane and there’s children about to fall because my foot is about to accidentally be out in the aisle… I mean… Sorry).
HELLO BLAUGUST! LET’S DO THIS!
So it begins… Blaugust, a tale of one lady’s attempt to write on a regularly basis because… well, I fuckin’ need this in my life right now.
I keep thinking back to the days when I wrote more regularly. I can’t really say that I was more organized, or that I had anything prolific to share, or that I even wrote very well. I just enjoyed writing. At some point I went from writing because I loved it to feeling as though I needed to write something that people would want to read. And that fear always keeps me from sitting down and doing the thing that needs to be done… y’know, the writing bit.
I don’t expect any brilliance for the month of August. There’s a shitton of stuff going on in my personal life. Which means this is probably the worst time in my life to try to take on something like blogging daily. But also the best time of my life to sort of work through everything that’s going on too.
For those that don’t know, my grandmother passed away last week. I got an email from my dad (this is for another day and another post) telling me. I’ve never been much of a family person. I don’t really do family. Mostly because there’s this tendency to have to “answer to my crimes” of being a bleeding heart liberal. And choosing to do the work that I do. I also have my school residency, which is an out-of-town week-long event that if I don’t do it, I can’t continue on in my program*.
Then you add actual work stuff I need to do. Twitter drama (when am I not involved in some twitter drama). Friend stuff (A lot of people are going through a lot of stuff so I do what I can to help them out when needed). And just general malaise over my life.
I came to several realizations the other night in the shower, especially in terms of writing and where I’d like to go with writing. I spend a lot of time being hyper-focused on the minutae of nonsense that I forget about doing the most important part. So Blaugust came at one of the most perfect times of my life, I think. When I was thinking of getting more into writing anyway, and trying to make that a reality. It’s a little early for post one, I know, so I’m not going to count this one as an entry into the self-competing contest. Instead I chalk this up to a warning that writing is gonna happen. Mostly words. Few pictures. No videos. Just a lot of… life.
P.S. I’m not going to limit my writing to any one subject, like gaming, or school, or life, or online dating (which I gave up anyway), or political/feminist issues. I’m going to just write for me.
P.P.S. There’s a comment policy. I’m gonna follow it and uphold it. You should familiarize yourself with it if you wanna hang out and share words.
* I’m studying to be a marriage and family therapist (MFT) so don’t be surprised if some of my posts this month involve school and this career field.