Well, that's not entirely true. I do know a few things. I know I'm supposed to write keyword-rich post titles, I'm supposed to know what my niche is, I'm supposed to post new things here on a regular schedule, I'm supposed to reply to every comment, I'm supposed to strategically hit publish at the right time of day on the right day of the week, and pimp out my posts no more than three times a day on each of my social networks. I know what I'm supposed to do. And yet, I blunder along, not posting for weeks at a time, not writing post titles that are in any way google-friendly, and not having any idea what my "niche" is. I don't have one. Sometimes I write about food, sometimes about the absurdities of parenting, sometimes about social issues. Mostly I just write.
Actually, mostly I just avoid writing, but I'm working on that.
Hell, I'm still surprised and grateful that there are people who bear no familial relation to me that come to visit these pages from time to time.
I know that writing a new post and hitting publish at ten o'clock on a Friday night is completely useless.
Yet here I am. More often than not, here I am. Since I seem to love the quiet wasteland of the Friday night post, instead of berating myself about my ridiculous writing habits, I'm going to celebrate them. Celeberate! Hey everyone, it's a CELEBERATION! A hybrid of congratulatory self-loathing!
(Cue Kool and the Gang, y'all. There's a party going on, right here.)
For the last few weeks, I've been making lists on index cards (I know. Pens! Paper! How delightfully Neo-Victorian of me!) as a sort of personal project, an exploration of subject matters and aspirations and other things that make no sense to anyone but me. So from now on, I'm going to type out those lists on Friday nights, and publish them after ten pm. To embrace (and also mock, a little) my own eccentricities.
I love arbitrary rules that I set in place for myself - an idea I totally stole, by the way, from Schmutzie. (I mean, she talked about it publicly in a session at Blissdom Canada last year, so it was an idea ripe for annexing is my defense, your honour.)
The arbitrary rules I just made up are simple:
1) 100 lists
2) 10 items each list
3) 1 list published every Friday, after everyone's shut down their computer for the day and will never see it
And here's my first list:
I've Done a Lot of Stuff in My Life But Here Are Ten Things I Want to Do But Never Have*:
- spontaneously join a street musician/busker and sing harmonies for no reason at all
- successfully knit somethinganything
- have read all the books I own
- take an introductory photography class
- take fencing lessons
- post every day for a year at Vancouver Daily Photo
- get past week 3 of The Artist's Way
- make ravioli from scratch
- live in Paris for a year (and yes, even I gag at the cliche of it, but there it is)
- climb the Grouse Grind in under an hour
Feel free to join me, if arbitrary rules are your thing too.
*See? That title is not google-friendly. Not even a little bit.