In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
This year is my 29th year on earth, and I’ve decided to make it the most memorable and remarkable year I’ve ever had. My entire adult life I have felt the unsettling feeling that I am not living up to my potential, and finally — just this year — that feeling is gone. I’m cruising, not treading water like before.
The choice to build a blog emerged as part of a personal renaissance of sorts, a shift in priorities that has changed my life dramatically over the last year or so. I’ve finally reached a point where I’m organized and clear-headed enough to be continuously moving towards what I really want in life. I’m learning a language, getting in shape, getting fantastically organized, and honing skills I’ve long neglected.
Creating and nurturing Raptitude has been one of the most rewarding ventures I’ve ever undertaken. I’ve dropped all sorts of unnecessary and under-exciting activities from my life in order to create time to write. I have never been this happy, but I’ve also never been this busy.
The time I spend writing is certainly time well-spent, but it sure does take a lot of it. My process is slow: the average Raptitude article is about 1600-1800 words and takes four to six hours of writing and editing time. For a while now I’ve been on a schedule of three per week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday.) Investing twenty-some hours a week into Raptitude is something I am absolutely willing and able to do right now, but those three articles (and the promotional work that goes along with them) tend to take all of that time.
I want to keep most of it a surprise, but I’ve got huge plans for Raptitude, and I need time to create more high-quality content, as well as explore future endeavors. As it stands now, I have no articles in reserve, so I’m only one personal emergency away from a stagnant blog. I’m working a full-time job too, and though this current pace is (barely) manageable, it does not leave me much room to be working on other projects, or to write some in-case-of-emergency articles.
Now the cool part
There is another reason I’m overwhelmingly busy. I’ll disclose the details later, but I’m planning an epic trip to the southern hemisphere. Beginning this October, I will spend a year in a foreign country where I don’t know anybody, blogging as I go. I want to throw myself into a new nation, explore the people and places there, and report my findings. I’m tremendously excited about this, but there are about a thousand things to do first to make it happen.
In order to continue to bring you top-notch writing, I’m going to alter the schedule a bit, starting next week: full-length articles on Monday and Thursday morning (North America time) and an occasional smaller post or two on the other three weekdays. I just want to create a little breathing room. Many of my articles I finish only minutes away from my self-imposed (but strict) deadline. This is not good enough; many of them deserve an extra revision, and I’d like to have them ready to go a few days early.
This will continue through the summer at least, and then I’ll re-evaluate what is feasible time-wise. Quality is more important to me than quantity, and I don’t want to release any rushed articles, and I absolutely refuse to let this blog fall behind my chosen schedule. I appreciate each and every one of you, dear readers, I won’t let you down.
Here in the Canadian Prairies, summertime is almost upon us. That’s a big deal these parts, seeing as how winter is five deadening months long. I love the summer so much, and it’s just so short here. I get such a buzz from an approaching summer; it has that kid-on-Christmas-Eve sort of feeling to it.
But this time, I get two summers in a row. In the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed, and I’ll be leaving here as the leaves are falling, and arriving there as the tulips (or whatever) are blooming. So I’m vibrating with excitement.
To steal a line from Paul Simon, this is the spring time of my life.
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