One year ago today I wrote my last words here. Three hundred sixty five days ago, not long after concluding a month of writing every business day, I consciously decided to stop writing on this blog for a bit.
I’d love to say I planned to wait a full year, but I didn’t. I was alerted to update a WordPress plugin yesterday and noticed the date on “Delivering A Quality Experience.” Curious, I then decided to read it. After a year, you get to read your own writing with a fresh perspective. My conclusion? I shouldn’t have stopped writing.
Upon reflection, the only purpose for writing every business day for a month was to prove to myself that I could. That’s it. There was no other purpose. Once completed, I simply didn’t see the point in continuing. As I mentioned in a post published not long before stopping, “It felt forced. It felt like I was doing something just for the sake of saying I was doing something.”
It’s not that there weren’t some positive results. The results were actually immediate; traffic went up and more people subscribed. But there was no focus to my writing. I woke up each day, paid attention to what was in my head on any given morning and then just ran with it. I didn’t filter very much. And without a focus, it seemed pointless to continue. I doubt many would disagree. In retrospect, as I read through some of the last few, all I really needed was a good focus filter.
So, one year later, I’m going to give that some thought. I’ll be back once I’ve figured out what that focus filter should be. Clearly I haven’t found it yet.
If you’ve got any ideas … I’m all ears.
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