I was the only mom in my daughter’s grade school who did not push her kid to play sports. I encouraged her to try them, but promised her she could quit if she found she didn’t love it after three tries.
She tried basketball, soccer and volleyball and she hated them all.
The outcry from her coaches and fellow parents was deafening. I was chastised for encouraging my child to be a quitter. I was told it would haunt her all the rest of her days. I didn’t budge.
My philosophy was that playing sports was her free time. School provided plenty of structure in her days (often times, too much) and her deluge of homework was an unyielding extension of that structure.
The last thing my child needed was something else she had to do every week that she wasn’t thrilled about. Not on my watch.
I wanted to teach her that she could try new things without having to suffer a consequence of being forced to stick with it if she didn’t enjoy it.
I am happy to report that my baby girl grew up to be a beautiful young woman who is successful, well adjusted (most days) and a working (thank you God!) professional. She loves trying new things and does so with great frequency. She sticks with those she likes and abandons the rest with no regret. I am a proud and happy mom. But more importantly, she is a proud and happy adult.
I practice what I preach. Can you see where this is going?
I said I would give it a shot at writing a blog a day for 31 days. The writing is no problem. The liking it is.
I love my blog. I love the people on the other side of it. I love putting out (get your mind out of the gutter) a weekly blog but I’ve hated blogging every day.
Unless I am getting paid for it, (I’ll listen to all offers)I began to wonder why I wasn’t observing the same rule of thumb I gave to my daughter.
I then had a conversation with my fabulous website administrator who told me that I wasn’t doing myself any favors by writing a blog every day unless I was committed to keeping it up at that pace. Um, … no. He explained in detail how it will negatively affect my SEO standing in the long run as Google favors consistency in blog posts. Hey, Google! My middle name is consistency!
Trusting Adrian (that’s my administrator’s name) is easy. He built my entire website and keeps it running like a finely tuned machine. He is also wicked smart and rocks at what he does. I’m serious, the young man is brilliant and why I didn’t speak to him before beginning this quest is something I’m sure I will punish myself for later.
The last few days I have felt a little bit like that person who is trying to quit smoking; jittery, obsessed and determined. Okay, fine, I may have been a little on the bitchy side. I said maybe.
So here’s what I’m thinking. Let’s get together a couple of times a week, swap ideas, opinions, insults and compliments. This everyday stuff is like having a relative you love come visit every day. Pretty soon you’re both sick of each other.
Take the weekend off. Do fun and interesting things or spend a couple of days in your bathrobe (in my house we call them wellness days) and we’ll meet back here next week.
Have I got a doozie (not a real word) of story for you!