Crossing the finish line

snail crossing finish line
Photo by Tim Norris (Creative Commons license)

Today is a big day.

Today is the day that (when I hit the “Publish” button on this post) that I will have completed my colleague Justin’s month-long blogging challenge. Every day for the past 30 days I’ve posted a new blog post with some sort of original content. Some days have been pretty good posts, some were posts for the sake of posting. I’ve learned that daily posting is not my style, and I’d rather have more time to think about what I’m going to post, and then craft it a bit, than worry about just getting a post done. Then again, before this challenge, almost all of my previous posts have been photos. This is the first time I’ve written anything substantial for (this) blog since I started it.

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 8.05.42 PMToday also marks the end of Camp NaNoWriMo, where for the past 30 days I have been writing fiction and adding to the novel I began last November as part of that month’s NaNoWriMo challenge. The goal was 50,000 words and writing every day (like with the blogging challenge), and I’ve reached both of those goals as well. My official word count as of this moment is 50139 words, though I’m hoping to add a bit more to that before midnight. Something I find a bit amusing is that I found participating in NaNoWriMo ‘easier’ than daily blogging. Not sure what that says about me… maybe I’m just a better fiction writer than a blogger? 🙂

And today also marks the second anniversary of my Automatttic journey. Two years ago today I started my Happiness Engineer trial that successfully concluded with me getting a job doing support for users on

For me, it’s a good day to look back at my accomplishments with a bit of wonder and amazement. Honestly, there were days when I didn’t think I’d achieve any of these things. It feels good, though, to take on challenges even when you’re not sure you’ll complete them, and compete with yourself to improve. In this case, I’m proud that I was able to keep to a daily writing schedule even when all hell broke loose in my life. It shows that there really is time to get writing done, even when life is chaotic and busier than I’d like.

Now I’m wondering what I should take on as my next “daily” challenge. What new mountains are there to climb?


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