I have a lot of writing to do to catch up on my daily post prompt writing (not going to happen). I am certainly not obsessed with creating a post to answer the prompt challenge every day. In fact, I have lost interest in the daily prompts, that doesn’t mean I won’t start writing more regularly again at some point. It’s unfortunate, but when something I like to do becomes a chore that has to be done every day I tend to lose interest.
I still read posts others write and for the most part I enjoy reading them. I sometimes take inspiration from what I read, and I do find some useful advice from time to time, but I’m not inspired enough to write my own post. Most of the time I don’t feel very creative.
I started taking another WordPress course “Commenting Basics”. The problem is I haven’t actually done any of the challenges yet. I keep putting it off. I’m fearful that I may offend someone or cause discomfort in some way. Not something I want to do. Perhaps in time I will “Just Do It” and start participating in the WordPress community again.
Today I am supposed to write a post using information from one of the comments I’ve made in the past. I reviewed the comments I made and decided there wasn’t one worth writing a post about. I’ve concluded that my comments aren’t worth reading.
I thought I’d include my picture today on this temporary post that I am writing to test some things that I am trying to do. (Long sentence) Wow. I’m not satisfied with the way WordPress.com’s desktop application is working. I’m trying new and different programs to write and publish my posts. MS Word works well but it lacks the ability to add tags. I need to be able to add tags. If anyone knows of a program that works well publishing to WordPress please let me know. Now if this post is not full of wind (airbag) I guess I’m cheating again. It is my intent to write a real post that includes the word wind later today. Please forgive me for now.
I have spent the afternoon exploring the WordPress DailyPost sites and reading blog posts from days gone by. I have also been searching the internet for free online creative writing courses. There are not many free courses available. I discovered a site that looks promising. The cost is minimal and it’s a learn as you go e-mail course.
I have discovered that reading posts from other bloggers is a very good way to learn. There are a lot of very talented writers on WordPress. Many writers have very interesting stories to tell, some of which I want to continue reading as more is written.
As I read todays prompt “unstoppable” I thought about a train moving rapidly down the tracks. The momentum and speed of the train make it unstoppable without previous planning. The engineer needs several minutes to slow the train and prepare for a scheduled stop. Unfortunately, bad habits are like fast moving trains, very hard to stop. Over the years I have developed many bad habits that need to be stopped. Procrastination being the foremost on the list. Inactivity being another. I procrastinate every day when it comes to writing my blog. It’s much easier to watch TV, or better yet take a nap.
To help me to stop procrastinating I have developed a daily routine. When I wake up I thank God for the new day and allowing me to be part of it. I then make an entry in my journal. Writing on my blog has helped me with my journal writing. After my journal I read some news on the internet, usually not much because the news is extremely depressing to me. Then I read my email and look for the likes or comments on my blog posts. There are several more activities, but at some point I read the blog posts of the writers I’m following.
I then get around to writing my post for the day. Some of my posts are quite good others not so much. When I take the time to read what others write, and then think about what they are saying and how they are saying it, then I’m learning. I think that’s what blogging is all about, sharing experiences and feelings, learning from others. I can experience the adventures and lessons other people write about, and even dream about writing my own, whether real or imagined.
I’m a little behind on my daily post writing. There is a disadvantage to writing after the fact; I don’ get as many readers.
The clock is the first thing I look at when I wake up in the middle of the night. It usually says 4:00 AM or very close to that time. I get up for a few minutes to take care of business and to feed the cat so she won’t wake me before I want to get up in the morning. I like to sleep late sometimes as late as 10:00 AM.
I remember a time when the clock was not my friend. It was after my heart surgery. Time moved very slowly then. Another period of time when the hands of the clock moved very slowly was in my younger years during high school, especially during history class. Now I am much older, the hands of the clock move quickly, sometimes more quickly than I would like.
In reality the speed of the hands of the clock moving around the dial is no different now than it was then. I is my perception of time that has changed. What is the saying? “time flies when you’re having fun”.