Starting a Habit
I first created this website because of this Austin Kleon quote: “So, if you get one thing out of this book [Show Your Work] make it this: Go register a domain name. [...] Then buy some web hosting and build a website.” I took his advice to heart and immediately bought this domain name. I knew nothing about web design or blogging, but I jumped in and figured it out as I went.
Austin Kleon not only inspired me to begin my website, but he’s continued to inspire me by the way he runs his website: he posts to his blog every single day and then sends out a weekly newsletter containing the week’s posts, some relevant older posts, and links to what’s been inspiring him that week. I appreciate how he maintains his practice daily while only sharing weekly, a respectful balance of his creativity and and other people’s inboxes.
I am going to try that format of daily posts and weekly emails as best I can, for as long as I can. I have had so many ideas for blog posts, but few of them have seemed important enough to be my once-a-month post, and I want to be in the habit of showing my work while having accountability for the creativity I want to develop.
I still want to be flexible, and I don’t want to beat myself up if I miss a day or don’t figure out how to send a newsletter the first week. I already had to change my novel-writing plan for NaNoWriMo; this year, I will be using November and December and writing 25,000 words during each month (instead of the traditional goal of 50,000 in November). I started this website before I was ready, I started NaNoWriMo before I was ready, and I’m not ready to start this now. But I’m starting, and that’s what counts.