In a recent post, Blogging is Hard, I lamented the sweet misery of blogging. I started my blog voluntarily, as a means of having a creative outlet and to practice my writing. I went into further debt getting a Masters in it, after all. My livelihood and well-being don’t depend on blogging, but unlike when I skip the gym, I don’t feel gross for not blogging, but like skipping the gym, I feel guilty and like a lazy failure.
My mind is always buzzing with possible posts, but sometimes I don’t have the time or the energy to do it. If I actually posted all that ran through my mind, I’d have hundreds of posts, and possibly hundreds followers by now. That’s not to say I’m not thankful for the 32 I do have. Thanks, followers!
There’s a myth or saying that states it takes 21 days to form a habit. To help make blogging become a habit and to push myself, I enlisted in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I learned about the challenge from a blog I follow, Daily (w)rite. The challenge is to blog every day, except Sundays, in April, with or without a theme. Each post has to be related to the alphabet.
After I signed up in February, I grabbed a notepad and decided my theme would be authors and books. It would be great way to back-fill my Goodreads account. My theme didn’t seem original or unique, so I made a list of foods. When I got stuck on a letter, the obvious being X, I turned to Google.
I was supposed to reveal my theme in a post on March 21, but I didn’t get a chance. No matter. At the time I still hadn’t decided. Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I made things more complicated by flirting with a third theme idea: song titles and artists.
With a slight influence from Padma Lakshmi’s memoir, Love, Loss and What I Ate, which I have yet to read but for which I recently attended an event at Barnes & Noble, I’ll stick with my original theme of food.
Gather any group of people together and there’s guaranteed to be conversation, food and drinks, which of course leads to the creation of memories. So that’s just what I’ll write about.