I've decided to join the #100DaysToOffload fray. Let's see if I can make it: The idea is to write and publish 100 blog posts in a year. I came across it on Doug Belshaw's blog, who thankfully set a good bad example by breaking the rules and taking more than one year to complete the challenge. This is encouraging, since I am not sure I'll be able to stick to the rules. (I may also have problems counting all the posts, but that's another issue.)
Why the heck am I doing this? For one, as my friend Alison would say, writing is a good thing. And I've found that I enjoy writing these days, especially if it doesn't follow the strictures of academia. For two, writing, and developing a writing voice, has been on my annual plans, or what I take for annual plans hereabouts, for years. This is one way to work on it. For three, it'll be fun.
I particularly like that Kev Quirk, the creator of #100DaysToOffload, emphasizes that blog posts don't have to be long screeds. Short screeds work just as well! This suits me: As I noted in a recent post, I plan on writing more short, off-the-cuff, less-researched pieces, to get back to writing an actual web-log, and not some bessay or barticle or, gasp, bbook!
So, right-ho! And since I'm going to break the rules, I've started writing some of the 100 posts before I started #100DaysToOffload. Here they are: