I was inspired by Javacia Harris Bowser’s blog post from the day before yesterday. Here are my 15 confessions:
- I play spider solitaire EVERY SINGLE DAY. I can’t go to bed if I have not won the Daily Challenge.
- I once did not clean out my walk-in closet for five years. Stuff was piled as high as my head.
- I hate having my picture made.
- About once a year, I buy a box of chocolate glazed Krispy Kremes and eat the whole thing myself.
- I own about 100 books that I haven’t read yet.
- I hate coconut and oatmeal, but love black olives.
- It low-key hurts my feelings that the cat loves my husband more than me.
- I use bad language fairly often.
- I haven’t had a soda in eight years, except maybe three or four ginger ales, because I love ginger ale.
- I held on to two brand new pairs of size 8 jeans for years before I was finally able to give them away this summer.
- I tell people I can’t cook, although I really can, but I don’t like to.
- I come from a family with a LOT of “generational eccentricity” (that is southern for mental illness), and I am sort of proud of it.
- I have never fired a gun.
- I write in the margins of my non-fiction books. In pen.
- I have been knitting the same Alice Starmore sweater, on and off, for over 15 years. I have part of one sleeve left to finish.
November is the month for #bloglikecrazy, a blogging challenge created by the wonderful Javacia Harris Bowser. It is simply a commitment to publish a blog post every day during the month of November. For most of us, that is way harder than it sounds. There is a terrific network of support from Javacia and the members of See Jane Write, and of course, from the regular followers of my blog.
My problem with daily blogging is perfectionism. I want every post to be awesome, but honestly, I don’t have awesome things to say every day. My life is pretty small right now, and I like it like that. I don’t have an exciting career, my sons are grown, I’m not currently embroiled in local political controversy, so I worry that I will bore my readers to death.
Some folks criticize bloggers for being self-absorbed, and it is not completely undeserved. I would like to write impeccably researched posts about current events and history and feminism, but that is not what my blog is. My blog is deeply personal. My intention is to open myself up through my writing – to be honest and sincere, to commit memories to writing, to hopefully connect with readers, and above all else, to write well.
So, I accept the challenge to write and publish every day this month. Not every post will be a home run, but I hope that they make someone smile, or inspire someone to push themselves a little, or just to get through the day knowing that they are enough.
Follow my blog, and pardon my crazy.