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Setting a Target

September 29th, 2007

I’ve come to a long-term decision about this blog: I’ve decided to set five years as my ultimate goal for non-stop blogging. As of today, I have been blogging every day without a break for 1,519 days, or about four years and two months. And it’s beginning to wear somewhat.

Usually, I do not like to just write down a few words and call it a day, although I have done that a few times–a very few times. Normally, making a blog post consists of a rather lengthy process, and it’s not something that I feel that I can keep up with indefinitely. There are nights when I realize that I have not written a blog for that day, and really don’t feel like it. Call it blogger’s fatigue. And yes, tonight was one of those nights. But this is not an impulse decision; I have been thinking about this for quite some time. And five years seems like a nice, round number.

Certainly, the amount of content that I have built up is enough so that the site can still attract a lot of people via Google, at the very least. Not to mention that I have no plans for stopping–just not blogging every single day. And I am also aware that next year on August 3rd–the first day after the five years is up–the presidential campaign is going to be in full swing. So I might just continue blogging simply because there will be so much to blog about. It’s not as if I’m going to take a day off to mark the occasion; after the 5th anniversary, I’ll just skip the first day that I feel like.

I may certainly be making too big a deal about this–it’s not the end of the world, nor is it a non-stop blogging record (unless I am seriously overestimating all other bloggers), nor is a five-year unbroken stretch anything that’s worth a Pulitzer Prize, or even more than a minute of your time. But personally, it is quite something–it represents my own personal development in terms of being able to continue something for the long term.

I’m the kind of person who tends not to form new habits very easily (unless they are habits of laziness or other forms of non-effort). At the time I started this blog, I felt it necessary to change that. I decided that if I could maintain a daily blog, I could start other habits of effort as well. And it has helped; I was successful, for example, in establishing an exercise routine, which I have maintained for longer than I have ever done before. That was a small part of my ability to lose ten kilos a few years ago as well. This blog is at the very least a landmark in my personal development. And I figure that the mental exercise of writing is certainly not a bad thing for the old noggin, not to mention a good way to keep my writing skills healthy.

If nothing else, however, this blog also has served as a way to record my thoughts and some of my life’s events in a way I never did consistently before. The recent addition of the “On This Day” widget (see the right-hand sidebar) has emphasized this–it’s pretty interesting to look back and see what I was thinking about and doing on any given day “x” number of years ago.

So in addition to counting up (1,519 days), I now have a count-down as well (308 days).

Unless the election provides too much fodder and I find some reason to make 2000 days the target instead of 5 years.

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  1. Kitty
    September 30th, 2007 at 03:08 | #1

    I love your blog and read it every day! You know what you’re talking about and your writing style is very concise. You are one of my main go-to blogs for facts in the constant struggle against lying right-wingers! Whether you write every day or not I’ll always drop in to see what you have to say. Thank you for what you do.

  2. ykw
    September 30th, 2007 at 03:57 | #2

    Thank you for helping the community !!!

  3. Luis
    September 30th, 2007 at 10:01 | #3

    Thank you guys. I appreciate the comments!

  4. October 1st, 2007 at 15:44 | #4

    5 years everyday is hardcore! I found you from Tokyo Zuregure? Gurezure? Anyway, you know the place.

    Great content, keep it up!

  5. Brad
    October 9th, 2007 at 16:30 | #5

    This non-stop blogging is pretty darn impressive. As you say, your entries aren’t just trite or superficial things whipped up at times to maintain your record; every entry has a lot of (mental) effort behind it. I’m amazed at your ability/discipline to keep going like that! How long does it take you to write an average entry?

    Do you never go on a holiday? :-)

  6. Luis
    October 9th, 2007 at 20:02 | #6

    It takes anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depends on the type of post.

    So far, no holidays. When traveling over date lines and such, I prepare stuff in advance. The biggest liberty I take is to post just after midnight one day, and then before midnight on the following day, making it so I go 47 hours between posts.

  7. brad
    October 10th, 2007 at 07:35 | #7

    Well, maybe you can have a proper holiday after the five-year mark. :-)

    And I love the functionality that you now have, viz the e-mail notifications! That was badly needed, in my opinion. So much easier now to keep a thread going.

  8. Luis
    October 10th, 2007 at 08:28 | #8

    Absolutely. When I found that, I had to wonder–why does almost nobody use that???

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