…and what a joy to read.
What has me all philosophical today? Writers. Writers and the April A-to-Z challenge that is about to begin.
At least four of the people whose blogs I follow are going to participate in the A-to-Z Challenge. Just so you know. Just to be clear. I am not participating. I enjoy writing, but I don’t deserve that much enjoyment. I’ve thought about participating, but I don’t think I could find the time. Or the energy. Or the words. Or the proofreader.
On the other hand, I will read.
Having four, it might be five, people whose writing you look forward to, pledge to write something ev-er-ree day in April (well, every day but Sundays) is a little nerve racking. I mean that’s a lot of reading. I am up for the challenge, but my friends should all understand that I may fall behind. I have a day job. I have things to write. I sleep and I really enjoy sleeping so staying up past my bedtime in order to read your post, well it may not happen. Oh, it will for some, but I won’t say who you are. Lest you feel special and get a big head.
I will read for at least five reasons:
I will read to support them – Writing 26 alphabetically-ordered-theme-inspired stories is a daunting task. What am I saying, reading them is a daunting task, writing them is uber-daunting. I can only imagine dragging myself toward the finish line only to find “X” “Y” and “Z” staring at me with evil expressions and spewing forth maniacal laughter.
I will read for enjoyment – I enjoy reading and the people I am following on this journey are all very good writers. At least two of the folks I am following have published longer works and I have read something by each of them so I know that I am going to enjoy these posts.
I will read for inspiration – Again, I’m not thinking of joining this challenge, but following people who can churn out something worthwhile every day for 26 days is inspiring. It tells me that something I do can be done at a much faster pace, at a much higher level. I recently agreed to join Norm in his Thursday Doors series and the thought of taking/finding a single photo ev-er-ree week is more stress than I want. Norm is kind, he’s all “you can skip a week or three Dan…” but still. I don’t write on a schedule. I do other things on a schedule, and I don’t always do them well (relative to that schedule) so watching people succeed at this task will spur me on in the future. It can be done!
I will read to learn – At least one of the people I am following is going to do some explaining during the month. I love learning and I am looking forward to the 26 things she is going to share during April.
I will read because the next episode of Star Trek will still be on the DVD in May – Actually, I finished the STNG DVD set over the past weekend, but you get the point. Most of the things I do to simply pass the time in the evenings or early on weekend mornings are not things that have to be done at a particular time. I can set some of that aside for people who regularly read the stuff I put out by the virtual curb and who take the time to push the ‘Like’ button or leave a comment.
Last year I only followed one blogger through the entire month. Damyanti filled April with intriguing stories. I learned a lot from her that month about writing. I’m not sure she understands how much. I know that she appreciated my reading but I’m not sure she knows how much fun it was for me.
So, good luck to those of you that are
crazy enough to be participating in the A-to-Z challenge. I’ll be reading, and I’ll let you know that I am there. If you are on Twitter, I’ll try and spread the word through that channel as well. For the record, this is not the kind of thing I share on Facebook. I’ll explain that in a post of my own someday.