Personal challenge

When I started this here Fearsome Beard blog thingy, I didn’t really have any direction for it. I hadn’t set a goal nor even visualized a dream. I was simply inspired by Dr. Spo, Sean, Erik and The Warrior Queen. I wanted to become more of a part of their community. I also wanted to maybe get to know myself a bit better by occasionally recording a thought, contemplation or feeling.

Fearsome became my muse. My beard had become very much a part of who I was. I decided that naming him and making the blog “ours” would allow me to express myself more easily. It worked. Starting on June 1, 2014 we have very rarely missed a day. Many of those days we only posted a photo of a beard. To do this we had to search and find a photo that we liked or expressed a feeling that conveyed meaning to us.

We have experimented with writing which frankly isn’t something I had any experience with whatsoever. We have done many things from posting opinions, inspirations, music, videos and even wrote poetry. Me poetry? Last thing I ever thought I’d try, much less post publically.

Yes, Fearsome Beard has taken Fearsome and I to places we never really thought we would go. So now comes the challenge after more than 4 years of blogging and 2,592 posted entries.

What do we want from our blog? Does it have a purpose? Could it help us on our life’s journey? Could this here blog thingy mean more to us? Could it be more than it is and has been so far?

During Comic-Con 2017 I attended a panel on writing and becoming a writer. I went simply because my niece was going and I thought to myself “what could it hurt to learn a little more about writing?” I left inspired and with a title of a book to read that everyone on the panel agreed hands down was the best book in print on the subject of writing.

Stephen King’s On Writing/A memoir of the Craft.

Being so inspired I immediately ordered a copy. Inspiration wearing off like it can, the book has been on my nightstand for more than a year unopened.

Starting today I commit to reading. Reading at a minimum 10 pages daily (maybe more, but at least 10) and then blogging briefly about my reading each and every day. By blogging I can cement my take on each day’s read in my brain. By sharing I might inspire another or convey something of value to another. By committing publically I am allowing myself to be accountable to you my dear readers to follow my dream of learning more about writing, of learning more about myself, of growing my skills and of creatively expressing myself as I have never have before.

Wish me the best and feel free to comment and/or hold me to my commitment. I only ask that any input to please be constructive and encouraging.

13 thoughts on “Personal challenge

  1. Just do it! Since I committed to a daily posting, and stuck with it, I find both my personal and professional writing are better. I do write in batches, sometimes a dozen postings in an afternoon, and schedule ahead to post automatically. I change out the schedule for things that are timely. The discipline is staying ahead – I have never been a last minute person. Inspiration is not a constant for me. I just added the book of inspiration to my Kindle.

  2. Constructive and encouraging, huh? Well I guess that leaves me out! 😉 Seriously, I have only admiration for anyone who can write a blog no matter what it may contain. Go on and stretch those creative muscles!

  3. It’s a good book but I found The War of Art by Steven Pressfield to be the one that really helped me. It’s a short but very powerful book. Keep exploring and keep going!

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