By now I’ve written something over a hundred daily consecutive blog posts.
I feel pretty happy with that.
That’s part of the danger of what will keep me from writing a hundred more. At any point at which humans have to maintain a record, they’re bound to turn to perfectionism.
Are my posts long enough? Detailed enough? Insightful enough? I didn’t use much poetry last time – am I shirking if I use it this time? Recommendation posts? Short micro-blogs?
You get into a new zone of head games once you’re past the initial rush of meeting a writing goal. You didn’t second-guess your writing on the first stretch. Now you have records to beat.
I have to be conscious of that way of thinking. It’s not exactly wrong. Trying to be better is great. Letting past records paralyze you is not.
I’m not sure if there’s a simple answer to avoiding it, but the key for me will be remembering that I didn’t get to a hundred posts by being a perfectionist. I wasn’t demanding of myself that I write great essays. I was just demanding that I show up and write something publishable.
When I showed up, some good essays happened. Some less good essays happened. On average, I created far more than I would have otherwise.
If I forget that, I won’t create any more. So I guess one reason I’m writing this blog post is so I can look back at this milestone in a habit of daily writing and remind myself how I got here. If you’re trying to build a daily writing habit, I hope it’s a refresher to you, too.