Four Years of Daily Blogging

Swimming Pool, Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas

Swimming Pool, Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas

Four years ago today, I was in Memphis with my older son visiting Rhodes College. We had just started a four-state, seven college tour. As a rising senior, his college research had begun in earnest. Coincidentally, I started daily blogging around the same time, beginning with coverage of the road trip.

Somehow, I continued with the daily posts. 1464 posts later, here I am. 4 years of continuous posts, never missing a beat. Officially I started the exercise on July 2, 2016.

I’ve learned that doing something every day — EVERY DAY — is difficult. Doing it most of the time, missing just a few days, is infinitely easier. Every day means there are no excuses. Everyday means you post something even when you are in the hospital for emergency surgery.

Practicing every day makes you remarkably better too. I’ve blogged since 2010, but it wasn’t until daily blogging that really upped my writing fluency. You don’t have to write a lot, but the daily act trains the brain differently.

Today, four years later, I was expecting to start another college road trip, looking forward to making it with my younger son. Except, of course, this pandemic has canceled plans. The whole concept of higher education is in flux, too, as the world recalibrates to a new reality.

My son has seen Trinity University, taking the tour last year. He also knows it well because his older brother goes there. Who knows if he’ll get to see any other. Virtual tours only go so far. At this point, even his senior year of high school seems a bit iffy and ill-defined. But, we all continue on with life.

I’ll keep plugging along with my writings and photography. I’m glad you are along for the ride.

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9 thoughts on “Four Years of Daily Blogging

  1. Nice pool! Can I swim there? Just kidding. Our pool is open for masters swim… Sorry not to have followed up with you sooner. I hope you are doing well. I’ve really enjoyed your blog. I wish we could get together for some Tex-Mex lunch. Soon, I hope.

    Kindest regards, Kirk

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    1. Hi Kirk, I thought of you when I posted this pool photo. This is the closest I’ll ever come to talking about swimming.

      We will have to catch up soon.

  2. Most people start with earnest but lost interest and abandon a blog within a year. Four years and 1464 continuous blog posts is a significant accomplishment. Congratulations and I look forward to your celebrating year five.

    I can’t imagine what it must be like for your child, choosing a college based on a video and some brochures. The pandemic forces my youngest to complete her freshman year from home. We’re stressing over her school’s plans for the coming academic year. Stay strong.

    1. Thanks, Khürt. Blogging can be a lot of work. I can understand why most of them don’t last.

      Having freshman year at home is a tough way to start the college experience. My older son finished his junior year at home. I’ll have to see what happens to the younger one.

      Take care of yourself.

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