The People Have Spoken!

Hey everyone! I need to be honest about a few things. Let’s get right into it.

First, I am really bad at doing things consistently. The fact that this is the first update in over a month makes that quite apparent. Of course, I have been very busy with my teaching work, but at the end of the day, that is an excuse (albeit a pretty good one).

Second, I was pretty much planning on abandoning this blog. As the days and weeks without updating passed by, it became harder and harder to find the motivation to write about anything. I briefly tried pursuing NaNoWriMo to fill the writing void in my life, but my commitment to writing a “novel” did not last very long, either. In only a few days, I stopped writing.

So, where does this post come in? And why does it have the title it has?

Basically, a number of people I have talked to from back in the states (and elsewhere) kept mentioning the blog, or asking me when I was next going to update it. This was actually somewhat surprising, because I was pretty sure that most people – myself included – did not really care about the ramblings that ended up on here.

To be sure, it was not a huge number of people asking about the blog. But they reminded me of the main reason why I started this thing in the first place: to share my experiences – or at least, a small part of them – with people I care about. And being reminded of that reason kind of rekindled my motivation to write.

At that same moment, major question immediately popped into my head: how do I make sure this doesn’t just end here? One answer I came up with was to create a flexible goal. Ideally, I would like to write one post per week (most likely on Thursday nights). However, I’m aware that life is a great and unpredictable adventure, so I also set a minimum goal of two posts per month.  Having an ideal is good, but having very realistically attainable goals is crucial.

The other answer I came up with was to tell you, the readers, about my writing goals. While sharing goals can sometimes be counterproductive to attaining them, that problem primarily affects goals of achieving a future identity. As my goal is a lot more task-oriented (as I don’t plan on creating an identity as a super successful blogger), I don’t think that psychological phenomenon applies here. If anything, I believe that sharing my goals will increase my productivity by way of making me accountable to you guys.

In any case, we’ll just have to see if this experiment pans out. Before I wrap up, though, I would like to share with you my plan for the next few updates.

  • Thursday, November 24th: Getting internet set up
  • Thursday, December 1st: An extremely abridged explanation of the shenanigans I got up to in the summer (pretty late, I know)
  • Thursday, December 8th: An extremely abridged explanation of the shenanigans I got up to in the fall

Something that’s kind of neat is that, between this post and the upcoming one on Thursday, I’ll already have achieved my writing goal for November. However, I must be careful not to fall victim to the planning fallacy. At any rate, if it seems like I’m falling behind, make sure to let me know!

Until next time… which should be this Thursday. Yeah.

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