I'm a supporter of Brian, so when he asked me to join him on this platform, I said, sure.
Writing 200 words a day is something I committed to doing at the beginning of the year. It was a resolution I made to myself because I'd spent the previous year writing big long blog posts for my company blog that weren't getting read and weren't all that fun to write.
So now here we are, almost all the way through the first quarter, and I've done it. I've written more than 200 words a day, if you count writing a lot one day and not a lot another day, which I do. The goal was 52,000 words for myself in 2019, which is 13,000 words per quarter, and, not counting this entry, I'm at 16,340.
But it was all for myself. Not for anyone else.
All I wanted to do was write. Get back into the habit of writing. I used to keep a diary, but I started blogging in 2006 and my ego thought, "HEY! Why keep a diary when you can get instant feedback on your words with your blog?"
Blogging is uniquely suited to a person's ego.
Instead of writing in a leather-bound notebook, I could get to my keyboard, which was faster anyway.
I could give the password of my diary to my friends. They'd write back.
Then, of course it got bigger.
I blogged my way out of debt. Anonymously at first, because I didn't want my friends and family to know the extent to which I'd buried myself. I found people online who didn't judge me. They helped me get out of debt and find my friends.
That writing was raw. I liken it to bleeding on the keyboard.
As the years went by, the writing got less raw. I learned how to optimize for keywords and grow my readership through search engines.
I got a job at a content marketing company.
I started a marketing company.
I wrote hundreds of thousands of words, and if I'm being honest, as many of those words were noise as were signal.
So, when planning how 2019 was going to be different, I thought... hey, I remember writing.
I bought Ulysses, then Bear, because the latter is significantly cheaper and does the same thing only in more fun fonts, and committed to writing every day.
I write first thing in the morning, unless I don't. Then it's whenever I can fit it in.
In January, I wrote every day. My goal was 200 words a day. Most days in January I wrote more. Then I had a baby and fell off the writing cliff.
But this is the first writing I'm doing outside of Bear.
And it's uncomfortable.
Because why on earth does this drivel need to be out in the public sphere?
But you support the friends who supported you.