Day 7: What are you taking with you from this Challenge?
I learned that my life is lived away from the computer. Attempting to schedule writing time was like riding a carousel, constantly passing the brass ring. Solitarily staring a hunk of metal and glass, seeking validation from how many likes the posts receive, was not how I was living when I had other things to ship.
In the little time I had in front of the screen, I read a few of the other Your Turn Challenge posts. Many first day posts featured mimicry, people writing in the style of their favorite blogger. That, I truly respect. Many posts read like kids trying on grown-up clothes, and I mean that positively. I know the amount of ‘math’ going on behind my writing. I respect those who shipped seven posts.
I’m proud of my 5 posts. The challenge topics lined up mostly with thoughts I’ve been ruminating on.
I’m also happy about the work I completed on my website. I am teaching myself WordPress and web publishing. It has been baby steps of progress.
I didn’t ship Saturday. The Day 6 topic “Tell us about a time when you surprised yourself.” stymied me. I learned that a jumble of incoherent handwriting does not make a readable post. Like I wrote, “Some things don’t fit on the Internet.”
Currently, the posts fell upon deaf ears. I’ve posted, shared and gotten no responses. I could speculate why, but why?
I tried to keep up with the emerging #YourTurn community. There was a noontime chat room the first day but that dissolved for unknown to me reasons. By chance, I found a Facebook #YourTurn group.
The one thing I was hoping to get from the challenge was a community. Often, I feel way out from the crowd. I was hoping to find others who rally along with the writings of Seth Godin and readers of Your Turn. I will endeavor to persist, connect and ship more ideas and projects. This post will be my homing beacon to find you, to find me.