Scared To Change in 2012
I’ve decided to not redo the random word challenge in 2012. I’d like less restrictions with my topics, although I don’t expect the content to change much.
I’m a bit scared though to let it go. I’ve written about things I’d never have picked for a topic. My creativity stretched and overall, I’m very pleased with how well I used the random words and yet expressed what I wanted. I wonder if I’ll do as well when I can pick my own topics and write over several days if needed.
Of course, I can continue with the random word. But there are other things I’d like to try, such as this 95 Questions and the A to Z Challenge in April (thanks Lynda K!). I’d also like to try NaNoWriMo in November. My journal jar of ideas is pretty full and could take me a while to get through.
My plans are to post Monday through Friday, with Friday being wordless, i.e. photo only. I don’t plan to do a daily photo challenge in 2012, but I plan to continue taking plenty of pictures.
KittyHere had a great post about how she plans to structure her blog next year. She’s got some great ideas and I might use a few of those also. And of course, there are the daily prompts from WordPress.
So those are my thoughts for today. This will be my 344th post this year. I’ve written everyday since I started the random word challenge in February. One of my goals for this year was to write, write, write and I have done that.
As an aside – there are two readers who might be persuaded to take it on for next year. If anyone else is interested, please leave me a comment.
The beagle is scared that his powers of telepathy have failed since I am not moving to the pantry to give him a treat. Or let him out in the yard to check the perimeter for squirrels. Beagles have such expressive eyes – is this a pitiful dog or what?
Word for tomorrow – VOUCH. If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.
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Blog challenges are a great way to acquire more blogging discipline as well as taking more creative approaches to ones blogging and writing.
We look forward to you becoming part of the A to Z Challenge.
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Thanks Lee! I plan to be there.
It has been such a treat to follow you on your writing journey and I anticipate the enjoyment Jaimie and I will have as we follow you through 2012. Yes, that is a pitiful face. :)
Thank you so much Jane – I’ve so enjoyed your comments and Jaimie’s enthusiasm. I will tell the beagle he was successful.
Oh, the beagle looks really pitiful to me. Dogs just have a way with us, don’t they? I’ll have to look at some of the other challenges for 2012. Thanks for the links.
You’re welcome. I think people are surprised at how manipulative dogs can be. The cats though were downright cunning.
It’s like national blog reorganizing day or something? Sounds like you’ve got things lined up. (I feel more like the beagle….he is sweet – and intense!) Enjoy the new year.
philosophermouseofthehedge: I love your name and gravatar! I saw it on another blog, but failed to tell you, so am taking advantage of this opportunity.
I think it’s been more just Kitty and I. We enjoyed the random word challenge but are so ready to move on. Most everyone else is keeping their blog the same.
Yeah, beagles are intense. I snuck the other one out tonight for a walk and the beagle was clear how he was NOT happy.
You have a Happy New Year also!
Oh those ’95 Questions’ are great. And pattisj mentioned http://www.writingourwayhome.com/ which is another interesting challenge. You are wise to leave your options open.
I’m going to try the small stones one that Patti mentioned. It looks interesting. I loved the challenge but am ready to move on.