52 in 52 done!…Wait there was more???

Just shy of a year ago today, on May 27th 2012, I wrote this post about Morgan Spurlock’s Failure Club inspiring me to write 52 blog posts in 52 weeks. I was all ready to post a “yay me” post about actually achieving the goal (ok, so I may have posted a lot in the past week…but I did it! That counts right? Uh…suuuuure…It counts) so thought it would be good to go back and read that post, and then my sails deflated. Upon re-reading the post in question I realized there was a 2nd thing squeaked in there which I think I must have written about that day and promptly forgot about (I’m very very good at self sabotage). Apparently, not only was I was supposed to post to this blog (a nice reasonable goal) I was also supposed to complete one of my novel/novella ideas. Oh. Wait, that was part of the goal!?….Drat.

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I guess I’m a little lofty in my aspirations.The funny thing is that the writing goal, which has been my goal now every year since I was able to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, completely fell off my radar as something I was supposed to actually accomplish. You know how it is, when the dream you have goes on the back burner so long that you just get used to it being there? It’s kind of like the proverbial monkey riding on your back (sans the dope and booze and it’s just that negative voice in the back of your head – what fun!), you get so used to the weight of it, the jeering little dweeb eventually feels like its become a part of you and you forget what you feel like without it there. I guess that’s kind of sad. I think it’s about time to look for some monkey off spray and get my act in gear.

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What are you trying to say?

So, here we are, week 52 and I have managed to do a slightly underwhelming ½ of what I was originally setting out for. I guess I can be half proud of myself? Instead of throwing myself a pity party (tempting for the perfectionist that I like to think I am) I think I’ll just grab some chocolate instead and concentrate on what I did do in the past year, 52 blog posts! This is still pretty good! I’ve learned a lot. I’ve also met some super people, read some fantastic blogs and found some awesome pictures. Sure, I could maybe use some cohesiveness and direction in my own blog, but the posts are still a commin’ and I don’t think I’m done yet. As to if this is a good or bad thing it is probably best for you to decide. I’ll just keep doing my thing and see where it goes.

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Now for the fun part. A new goal for the next 52 weeks! I think I’ll save the planet, stop world hunger and get world peace started. Those sound reasonable right? Cuz I’m a super…person…with cape and tights. OK. Let’s go for reasonable. Should it be 104 blog posts? Up the ante to double or nothing? Or should I stick with another 52 and a finished novel/novella again, and this time actually do both? This sounds like a whole lotta writing. I will need some time for work, sleep and watching documentaries (and survivor). Can a person actually do all that and blog and come up with a 50-100 K word novel? Sounds like a challenge….I’m in! Ok. So, this is gonna kinda sound a little familiar but this time around I will post 52 blog posts and finish up one of my novel ideas. It’s an oldie but a goodie. I can do it…this time…maybe? Well, I guess we shall see. If I’m biting off more than I can chew I’ll find out in 52 weeks! Wish me luck (again…)!

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15 thoughts on “52 in 52 done!…Wait there was more???

  1. Take a sideways view of this from a different perspective………….perhaps you needed to complete the 52 posts and meet the people you met to give you the confidence and new experiences in order to complete the second part of the goal. And maybe now you are ready to do just that.

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    • Oooh! I like that idea! Learning to let go and press the publish button has been a huge challenge for me, especially in the beginning and whenever I try to tackle something more personal. Yet, it has gotten a little easier with each post. Thank you! 🙂

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  2. Goals are good I guess as long as you have the attitude you do…that it’s good if you can do it but not get too hung up if it can’t quite be done….Hope you have a good year blogging no matter how many you do…Diane

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    • Thanks! It often does come down to attitude, and I’m willing to keep trying because I’m really starting to love doing this. I’m hoping that forcing through a bit of writing on my novel ideas will light up a fire there too. Then, I would truly be a happy camper, regardless if I finish it. *Fingers crossed*

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  3. Congrats on getting through your first batch of 52! (That sounds like something edible….) Honestly, I think being able to get to a year is a big accomplishment itself. Maybe non-bloggers/writers won’t understand but it’s no mean feat being able to say that you’ve written regularly for a whole entire year. I’m sure your perspective is a lot different than what it was before and that can be a very good thing! Wishing you lots (and LOTS) of luck in your next batch of 52! But I don’t think you’ll be needing that too much. 😉

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    • Thanks! Mmm…now I want to make 52 of something edible. Challenge accepted! lol. It was a really great experience so far, and tougher than I originally thought it was going to be. I have gotten better, well, I hope anyway, at figuring out how to do this but I know I still have a long way to go before I’m satisfied. Thanks for the luck too! I think I may need to apply it to the novel portion of the challenge…Ah, well, dream big or go home they say…so I’m dreamin’ anyway… 🙂

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  4. Congratulations! Fifty-two posts in 52 weeks is a wonderful goal to accomplish. I wish I had the nerve to commit in writing to doing that. It has always been my goal to do a post a week and I have never even once accomplished it two weeks in a row.
    By the way, that is the cutest little monkey I have ever seen.

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    • Thanks! It was harder than I thought it was going to be, particularly when life got in the way, but it does leave one with a great sense of satisfaction when it’s actually done. I thought saying 52 in 52 weeks might be easier too, since it gave me a goal I could catch up on if need be…and need did be. But it was totally worth it and lots of fun! I completely agree about the monkey. It’s sooo adorable. I knew when I saw him he had to be my back monkey, light to carry, easy on the eyes after keeping him around for…well…ever! 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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    • Thank you! I work really well with a goal in mind, it tends to keep me on track. As Dale Carnegie says “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” The new goal might be a little much…but I gotta try. 🙂

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  5. Even if you’ve done only half of what you set out to do, you still did something! A lot of people start out and then just stop before doing much of anything. So big props to you. But don’t you envy that little turtle with that giant strawberry??

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    • I think I kind of do. I like the idea of keeping your eye on the prize and tenaciously going after the big one. I think the little guy has guts. I might try to eat a strawberry the size of my head (a worthy challenge) but that is kind of the awe inspiring big Kahuna. I hope one day to be as brave. 🙂

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