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Flirting With Disaster (Writing Streaks)

April 16, 2014

Thank you for reading Whether you are here for the first time, or you have been with me from the beginning, I appreciate everyone who takes a few minutes out of their day to come read my ramblings on leadership, teams, business, computers and the occasional sidetrack into canning or horticulture.

I typically don’t write about writing. There are many wonderful blogs and books about the art and science of putting words on a page, this isn’t one of them.

Today I’m making an exception. Hopefully you are reading this on Wednesday April 16th, starting at 7:00am Mountain Time. That’s when it’s been scheduled for. I’m writing it on Sunday April 13th at 8:30am.

Why is this significant? And why am I risking driving away the few readers who didn’t bail when I said I was going to talk about writing? Because there’s a chance that WordPress will screw up the posting and I’ll break a streak that is very important to me.

This blog started on November 26th, 2012 with Back Where It All Began. But, I was sporadic. I posted a couple of times per week. Starting on March 28th, 2013 I started writing every weekday with (Mom Always Said To Take a Coat).

Since then I have managed to post something every Monday – Friday for 56 weeks in a row. That’s not a hugely impressive streak when I compare it to my friend Howard Tayler. He’s been writing Schlock Mercenary every day since June 12th, 2000, over 13 years. Howard typically has a buffer of about 30 days of comics that are already complete. If he gets down to two weeks, he starts to panic and pushes other stuff aside to get his buffer back up.

But, I am terrible at keeping a buffer. Not traveling for the past year made it easy to be lazy, if you can call writing 500 to 1000 words every day lazy. I’m currently on a trip to San Antonio. I’m not sure if I’ll have internet access. So, I’m writing this buffer.

If you got this Wednesday morning at 7:00am, then my streak is intact. If not, I apologize for messing up my schedule and we’ll start a new streak when I get back on Thursday.

Again, I typically don’t find writing about writing very interesting and I appreciate you reading to the end of this post. But mostly, I appreciate you showing up every day to see what crazy thoughts on management and leadership I came up with.

See you tomorrow.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife and thirteen children.

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