I do a pretty killer Eeyore impression.
I am of the opinion that if I can’t unselfishly read something and respond to it in a genuine and generous manner then I have no business being around anything resembling a comments section.
Yet sometimes I find myself reading through blogs or social media and all I can think is, “So and so’s travelling Europe and looking fabulous while doing it. Such and such just had a baby. That one kid from middle school who I’m Facebook friends with for reasons I forget just passed the bar. That woman just crafted a heart wrenching yet hilarious blog post. And the biggest accomplishment of my day was not getting any coffee stains on my white shirt. Because of course it was. If anyone needs me I’ll be over here in the corner eating worms.”
That’s a sign I need to take a break from the Internet. So I do. I read. I play outside. I get my Luddite on. It’s actually a pretty fun cleansing process. When I feel like I can be happy for everyone else as well as myself I usually start to hear the i-Pad calling my name so I go back online and pick up where I left off. I take these random Internet breaks a couple of times a year and generally speaking things work out okay.
Except for this year. It’s the middle of NaBloPoMo and I’m busy Eeyore-ing.
I think of NaBloPoMo as a dual pronged exercise. The first prong is about writing. Writing every single day is hard but undeniably beneficial. It’s not “cure for world hunger” hard but it’s definitely “pick vegetables instead of chocolate cake” hard. Is it difficult to eat kale? No. Is it difficult to eat kale for the 20th day in a row when an entire dessert table is right in front of you tempting you with its scrumptiousness? Yes. Yes it is. In fact, screw you, kale. Why do you have to be such a jerk?
My relative level of Eeyore-ish-ness doesn’t really play a role on the writing front. That’s hard no matter what my mood. But the second main purpose of NaBloPoMo involves community building and support and in order to do that you have to go forth into the e-community and support it.
There’s a lot of great content all over the Internet and sometimes that gets overlooked because there is also a lot of terrible content all over the Internet (I’m looking at you, YouTube comments sections). So NaBloPoMo is a time to find the good stuff and say, “Hey, person who wrote this! This is some good stuff, right here! Keep being awesome! I’ve been blogging every day this month too so I understand how hard that can be.”
And that’s where my recent move into Eeyore territory becomes problematic because right now I’m struggling to leave any feedback at all, let alone the kind of feedback I should be leaving.
So why am I telling you this? My reasons are two fold:
1) Did I mention I’m blogging a lot this month? Yeah… Well… This is me eating my kale.
2) I want to apologize to fellow NaBloPoMo-ers for not being more active. It’s not you, it’s me. For real. Keep doing what you’re doing because it’s hard and you’re fantastic. Don’t let Eeyore get you down!