My partner Sara has requested I quit the Post-a-Day challenge—a plea she’s made repeatedly. She’s asked me to not post on the weekends and would prefer I not post more than 4 days a week, so we can spend more time enjoying our lives together, especially during these 2 short months she’s not responding to a disaster in some far-from-home, developing country. God himself only knows what remote corner of the planet she may work in next, long hours under enormous stress.
She whole-heartedly supports my blogging, my writing, really anything I want to do—just not my obsessively posting 7 days a week, especially when I’m not a person who can write, or create anything for that matter, quickly , quietly, or without a lot of fuss.
The medication that manages my illness does not allow me to create as easily as I once did. It’s difficult to concentrate. My writing sometimes fails the fluidity test. Even in a second draft, sentences stumble. I revise maniacally, anguish for hours over words. It’s excruciating.
Especially for Sara.
And Sara’s concern is clearly justified. I’m obsessed. I stress over stats. It has to stop.
But being one who agonizes over most decisions, I’m struggling to step back. I enjoy the challenge. I love to write, even if it requires long hours and endless effort.
I wish the editors at WordPress would create an alternative between the Post-a-Day and Post-a-Week challenges, an option for those of us who want to write much more than once a week, but not quite as often as every day. Why not a “Work Week Challenge?” Maybe even a “Weekend Challenge” for folks who work Monday through Friday.
I adore blogging; I love my readers and the sense of community we share. But I love my partner and my family much, much more.
I don’t want my passion for posting to stand between me and the most important person on the planet, a partner who praises my effort but knows when it has gone too far.
Has the Post-a-Day Challenge challenged anyone else’s relationship? Would you support alternative challenges?