Bowing Out of the HiveBloPoMo :(

I hate not meeting goals or challenges. I always take any goals I set or challenges seriously. I set out at the beginning of the month to complete the #HiveBloPoMo challenge this month and missed a few days. I actually missed Saturday, then lost motivation.

Technically I suppose I could count my d.buzz posts but IMHO that's cheating.

So what happened you ask?

In the beginning of the month I wrote out a list of 30 topics I wanted to write about. Somehow that list got lost or deleted. I discovered this on Wednesday. Thursday I posted some piece of crap freewrite about Time and not having enough of it. It was a fitting post, but also one of those last minute throw together posts. Friday I was saved by the #FollowFriday post. When Saturday came around I had nothing to write about and a little writers block.

Looking for an interesting topic to write about I decided on some opinion based editorial on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. I wrote it up, then got disgusted because I didn't want to pollute my followers stream with this nonsense. I'm literally at my wits ends with all the propaganda and politics in social media. We don't seem to have that problem here on Hive and I felt by posting the article I became part of the problem. So after taking an hour or so to write the piece, I decided against it.

The post also felt hypocritical because I've been unfollowing tons of people on Twitter that post politics. I use Twitter strictly for crypto information, and that's changed over the last couple years. I decided I wanted my Twitter stream back. I'll post more about cleaning up my Twitter feed and ditching the propaganda barrage in another post in a few days. It took awhile, but I've successfully taken back my media stream on Twitter!

With that said, I didn't want to force myself to post crap! Yes I do that from time to time, and I really try to post quality content over quantity. By forcing the posts, I felt like I was cheating the people that are good enough to allow me in their stream.

I was hesitant to take on the challenge in the first place. I just started working towards weekly vlogging and I knew this wasn't the time to take on any additional projects. I really thought I could juggle it all though. I do that often, I take on so much at once, then nothing gets done. Which is where I'm at now. So, I'll wait until next HiveBloPoMo to try again. Next time I'm going to write 30 articles before the challenge even starts. Not sure if it's cheating, but at least I'll complete the challenge and have 30 decent posts to share.

Well, there's always next time!

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It's tough! I always think I will plan and write ahead and then I don't. Don't beat yourself up: I am sure that you learned from this and will be smarter next time. I don't think there is anything in the rules that says anything other than a post a day. That you might have prepared them ahead...well, at the risk of repeating myself, that's smart.

The one thing, I guess, that wouldn't work is spinning content. There you have it: my 2c. See you next time.

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There you have it: my 2c.

And it is much appreciated!

Next time I'll prepare in advance!

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I really thought I could juggle it all though. I do that often, I take on so much at once, then nothing gets done.

I can totally relate. I have found myself in this position many times. I am excited by multiple ideas at the same time and it seems like I will have the time to do them all. Then life and work get in the way and I wind up not completing the project(s).

The way I look at those times is less "at least you tried" and more "look at how far I got, the people I met, and all the things I learned" mindset.

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The reality is you created specific posts which would not have existed had you not been part of HiveBloPoMo. The moments where folks read and learned or laughed from your words and engaged with you in the comments would not have happened. I know you and I had several exchanges. This engagement is part of the ripple effect that happens when we create content and share of ourselves. So, I appreciate and thank you for being part of my HiveBloPoMo journey this month.

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I love this! That's a great way of looking at it. Thank you for being part of my HiveBloPoMo journey as well!

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I also should have mentioned I've enjoyed getting to know you and fellow #HiveChat folks better through our tweets.

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Hive Chat is how I met you and @traciyork and @jeanlucsr and other fab Hivers. The community and connection is strong and I'm here for it. :-D

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You totally didn't fail the challenge, @the-bitcoin-dood You tried and simply didn't manage all 30 posts - I still call that a wicked win in my book!

And yes, having posts ready to go ahead of time is definitely not cheating, and to echo the wise women who have already replied to you, is a smart thing to do. I should follow your lead, as I've been close to tapping out myself this month. Hopefully I'll remember to squirrel some content away before April rolls around... wait, what was I saying? 😉 🤣

Much appreciate you taking this on, especially given everything else going on for you. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for your Twitter feed post - I did something similar myself last year, and it's nice to have a somewhat politics-free experience (since I can't avoid seeing the trending topics when I'm Twittering on my lap top, which is my preferred way to do it, given my shaky fingers sometimes misbehave on mobile 😜).

And hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving tomorrow, Dood!

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Thank you so much for the kind words! Much appreciated. I'm looking forward to giving this a second try in April. Hopefully by that time I'll be back to doing some adventure riding and there will be no shortage of stuff to write about :)

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

!PIZZA

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