I haven't posted in a couple days. Things got busy and I've wondered about other kinds of writing I want to do. Posting daily takes work — though I don't want to oversell it since I can gin up a post in half an hour — and there are times it leaves me without the energy to write something longer. And then there are the streaks and the break.
Streaks sometimes work. They keep me going when I want to quit. A long streak gets me over my inertia.
But streaks can get in my way and become more important than the thing I'm really trying to do. That was how daily blogging had begun to feel. I was churning out mediocre posts that weren't making me happy and got in the way of other writing. I took a break so I might come back with a better idea of how to proceed.
I've kept my Morning Pages streak. People confuse the blog with those. There are posts that come from the morning's pages, but not often. Morning Pages are less about writing than about daily practice like meditation or prayer. I find balance through them. Without them the last five years of my job would have been unbearable. Morning Pages teach me who I am. That streak is easy to maintain. Every time I consider breaking it, I reconsider and keep going. The daily-ness feels necessary and good. It doesn't get in the way.
I'll try to keep publishing a newsletter each week. It's a great way to keep up with people, understand audience, and have fun.
Here are my guiding questions for streaks:
- Is it making me happy?
- Is it making me a better person?
- Is it making me a better writer?
- Would a break improve things?
It has been a good break. I'm back today, happy, better, and ready to see what happens next.
Those questions are a good guide to most anything. Go figure.