- Blogtober Came Early | Day 1/30
- My Dream Life is Complicated | Day 2/30
- Making the Case for Free Work? | Day 3/30
- Deciding to Be Better at Something | Day 4/30
- The Business of Podcast Networks in Africa | Day 5/30
- Why I Started Blogging | Day 6/30
- What’s on My Phone? | Day 7/30
- The Cautionary Tale of Modern Technology | Day 8/30
- My talk to Teens on Blogging would go something like this | Day 9/30
- On the Spectrum of Transparency and Accountability | Day 10/30
- Letter from ‘Home’ | Day 11/30
- The Africa You Never Read About | Day 12/30
- The Perks and Perils of Blogging in Africa | Day 13/30
- Reading Roundup: Interact with my 5 African Inspirations | Day 14/30
- Dear AU, are you doing enough to fulfill your mandate? | Day 15/30
- Effecting Reconciliation after Parental Estrangement | Day 16/30
- Why Kenya is your Leisure and Business Travel Destination | Day 17/30
- The Diverse, Unique and Peculiar Kenyan Culture | Day 18/30
- 10 African Traditions and Cultures that should be abolished | Day 19/30
- 5 Books You Should Read in 2019 | Day 20/30
- Reading Roundup: On the Contrary… | Day 21/30
- Spreading Mental Health Awareness to Households | Day 22/30
- 9 Lesser-Known Facts about Kenya | Day 23/30
- We Can Coexist Peacefully in Sexual and Racial Diversity | Day 24/30
- 7 Ways to Absorb and Retain Podcast Knowledge | Day 25/30
- A Family Story in Pictures | Day 26/30
- 11 Lessons from the Blog Challenge | Day 27/30
- To the Blogger who Inspired me without Knowing | Day 28/30
- To the Reader who came across my words | Day 29/30
- Mailed to Winter ABC Creators and Organizers | Day 30/30
What do you do if you are stuck on your bad first draft, trying to fix it with no real progress?
You try another topic. At least that’s what I do.
But what if there are prompts laid out that act as guides to your 30-day writing challenge? What then?
— The Write Edition (@thewriteedition) June 7, 2019
You tweak the prompts. You write still, but off-topic.
That’s what I said I would do on Day 1. It’s Day 10, by the way, which is like 10 blogging months. Much respect to anyone taking up this challenge. I have pulled all-nighters to secure time to write and post within schedule.
This is my attempt at pushing through it. I would like to hear the experiences of my fellow bloggers on how it’s been so far. But I’ll have to wait for Day 27 for answers. At first, I wanted to know so that I could live deeply in the kindness of someone else’s words.
People don’t want to see you in your writing but to see themselves in it. I relate will always sound comforting, but I am reminded that the struggle might be similar, but the path is different.
This blog challenge is making me realize that deep down, after all, we all have a niche. A comfort zone. A cozy writing cave that we sometimes do not see beyond. That when we are expected to share not only our stories but ourselves, we cave in.
And so I caved.
And it’s okay because I still managed to write something. The writing muscle has fully formed. We are also the sole curators of our work. We shouldn’t feel pressured to release half-assed curations to stay on brand.
One two many topics about the Internet were an indication for me to step out and breathe. So this is me breathing. This is me saying, my cup was running empty, and it needed a refill. The blank page is the enemy.
See you tomorrow for regular programming. For today, let’s all go to #WinterABC and appreciate the talent, effort, and work ethic from bloggers around Africa.