Resolving to Write More in 2016

Happy New Year!

OK, I’ll just start right out by saying — I need to write. Why? Not really sure. I’ve just known it for a while and have done exactly nothing about it for far too long. Lately, it’s been calling to me.

Dave…. Writers are supposed to WRITE! Are you a writer or a wanna-be?? (Can you hear it calling?)

Just look at this post from Dec 22, 2014. “The new blog will be underway soon.” Really?? I haven’t written a damn thing in over a year. WTH?

Honestly, it’s been way over a year. Probably several years if I went back and figured out when I last wrote an article worthy of publishing.

Actually, come to think of it, I have been writing. Well, I’ve been journaling. In fact, I’m currently on an 18 day streak of at least 750 words per day. Call them “morning pages” if you want, but I don’t always write in the morning. As long as I finish before midnight, I’m happy.

Last year, my longest writing streak was 34 days, and I’ve written 49,956 words since I made the commitment mid-2015 to write daily.

Hey, it’s a start!

I fall off the wagon, I get back on as quickly as possible. But I haven’t written anything I would consider suitable for public consumption. Until now that is. Again, no idea why. At least I’m writing something.

So far, I’ve found journaling to be a great way to clear my head, get some perspective on the day, and record memorable moments. That’s not an earth shattering revelation by any means, but it has taken me this long to discover it for myself.

For my daily journal, I’ve been using a site called 750words.com. In fact, I just decided to publicly share my stats from today’s writing session so you can get an idea what I’m working with. It’s pretty cool to see my writing analyzed each day. There are more stats available, but I only published some of them to give you a flavor for it.

Maybe I’ll eventually get brave and start posting my full stats daily. We’ll see.

For those of you who might remember “Mauder’s Money Matters” back in the day, you know I posted on a regular basis. This site was full of content and I added new stuff all the time. Somewhere along the way, I lost my spark.

Now I’m trying to regain that spark.

Lately, I’ve been extremely impressed with and inspired by two people in particular:

The first is Jamie Todd Rubin. Jamie is a science fiction writer and blogger. I’ve been reading his blog for at least 2-3 years. Originally, I was attracted by his posts related to Evernote and going paperless. But now, I find myself pretty interested in just about everything he writes. His blog does have a slant toward Evernote, the paperless lifestyle, and software development, but Jamie also writes about common everyday things that interest him. He’s just a regular guy, writing about regular stuff I can relate to.

The second is Casey Neistat. He’s not really a writer. He’s actually a filmmaker and daily YouTube vlogger (that’s video blogger). Casey is a freak of nature when it comes to getting things done. What he does on a daily basis is nothing short of amazing. He’s motivating and inspirational. I look forward to watching Casey’s daily video and I’m always entertained. Then I wonder to myself how/why in the hell I can’t find time each day to write something worth publishing.

So my goal for 2016 is to start writing, and posting, on a more regular basis. I’d love to say I’m going to do it daily, but I know that won’t happen. At least not right away.

Baby steps people, baby steps.

Think of this post today as my “accountability partner”. A way to keep myself honest. I’ve now publicly stated I’m going to write more often, so let’s see where that leads.

What can you expect to read here on Mauder.com? Good question.

For now, I plan to write about pretty much anything that trips my trigger. That leaves it pretty wide open, doesn’t it? If you check out my about me page you’ll discover some things I’m passionate about. Basically, personal finance/budgeting, investing, technology, paperless living, minimalism, small/home business, and travel are all fair game. I’m also a huge fan of buying American made products, so you can expect to see a few posts about some of my favorite things.

As this journey progresses, I may end up focusing in on a theme or two. Who knows, it might even result in me spinning off another blog.

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself… Let’s keep it simple for now. I hope you find some of what I have to say here interesting and helpful.

Feel free to send me a kick-in-the-ass anytime you want by simply commenting below or contacting me privately.

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