Today’s Bloganuary prompt is: Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.
Right now, the challenge I face is writing about this challenge.
Every day around 7pm Eastern Time, I peek at my Bloganuary bookmark to see the next topic. Almost always my first reaction is “Who wants to read about me again?” To date, the topics have been very self-centered: What makes you laugh? What do you like about your writing? What emojis do you use?
My Bloganuary salvation has been in reading how others respond. The more interesting responses have been those that turned the topic around.
Perhaps that’s the issue. When I blog, I try to create posts that are a little unusual. I try to make it as interesting to read, as it is for me to write. If I am bored with my draft, then it’s time to trash it.
This translates into a few things that I won’t do:
- I won’t write blog posts longer than a coffee break. I’m a slow drinker so that translates to 500 words.
- I won’t post more pictures than it takes to scroll down 3 times. That generally translates to five or less photos.
- I won’t answer a challenge literally. I may try literarily but hardly ever literally.
The things that I will do:
- I try to offer a different perspective, a bit removed from the mundane.
- I stay away from the excesses, the braggadocio and aggrandizement. Afterall, this isn’t Instagram.
- I write in series of odds. Three scrolls down. Five pictures only. Five hundred words. Although, technically, 500 is an even number … but for the sake of literariness, five isn’t.
So, back to today’s challenge. How have I overcome the writing challenge of the day? By writing about not writing about it.
And changing my picture.
What about you? Of all the challenges in these challenging times, is there one that you’d care to write about? Let me know in the comments below or in a link to your blog.