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starting a 22-day writing challenge to get myself back in the flow / lj friends


icon: "eccentric (a photo of me tilting my head and with raised eyebrows and a pursed-lipped smile)"

Last night I streamlined my profile (to the most stripped-down it has ever been), and while doing that I skimmed over the last few months of posts to make sure I was being accurate in listing the kinds of things I write about. I realized that I haven't been writing anything except for giant, in-depth posts about unified topics -- more like a blog than a journal. I'm sorry about this, for me and for you. Sorry for me because I have lost a lot of that history and sorry for you because I know I don't feel connected to people when they don't write anything but impersonal, philosophical type posts.

I feel like I can't put things in here unless they are really well-thought-out, complete, and important. But I need to get over that and go back to writing more often. If I write down things that don't matter, that's okay. If I end up never writing because I have set the bar for 'important enough' too high, that's a terrible loss for me.

So, I'm biting the bullet, and today begins my first 22-day challenge of 2018. I'm going to try to post every day from today through February 2nd. I'd love for you to join me!

I also want some more active people on LJ because a good half of my flist never or rarely posts, so recommend me your friends! I want to add anyone who posts entries that are kind of similar in style to these:
https://belenen.livejournal.com/697323.html
https://belenen.livejournal.com/694587.html
https://belenen.livejournal.com/692448.html

I like reading about people's daily lives and how their emotions weave with their experiences.

Usually I wouldn't post this because it's short and scattered but I'm pushing past that! here!

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Comments
(Anonymous) ══╣╠══
I'll try with you! My entries will likely be more scattered than yours, lol, but I'll try!
bunnika ══╣╠══
effervescent
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
I'm excited about you doing this with me! yay!
browncouch ══╣╠══
I admire how well thought out your entries are, you seem very self aware. I look forward to more personal entries, as well, though. Your last entry concerning conflicts and relationship dynamics was especially interesting.
vivacious
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
thank you! I'm glad you found it interesting *happy smile*
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webgirluk ══╣pic#124969441╠══
I hear you over your thoughts on only wanting to knock out posts that are complete and thorough in some way. I feel the same and it too leads me to not post as much sometimes. I look forward to following your 22 day challenge :-) I won't say "I'll join you" in case I don't manage to but I want to try and post more.

effervescent
belenen ══╣effervescent╠══
heh, I know how that goes! even if you don't do 22 days, I'd be happy to read more short personal entries from you also!
thesewaters ══╣╠══
Hi :) I saw your post on add_me and came across to say hello. Honestly your profile page is one of the most refreshing things I've seen online in a very long time. I'm not sure I'm as clued up as I'd like to be about some of the world but if you'd like to be friends I'd learn a lot I think, and gladly accept any input too.

I'm 20, almost 21. From Ireland. White, straight, pretty much belong to one of the more privileged groups. But I am exploring feminism and the dynamic between women and "sex workers" (as I am one) who seemingly are not seen as women worthy of feminism in my personal experience. It's on my mind a lot lately.

I am excited to read more from you. Take care.
feminist
belenen ══╣feminist╠══
hi! glad to meet you!

Mainstream feminism definitely has its own problems, due to the history of it being a movement of rich white women fighting to be allowed to work -- when all poor women and women of color had always worked! I think that is part of the anti-sex-worker trend in mainstream feminism too.

Intersectional feminism is more my thing, based on the idea that you literally can't fight sexist oppression unless you also fight racism, ableism, transphobia, sex worker phobia, classism, etc, because all oppression reinforces other oppression.
jeune_fleur ══╣╠══
I actually love reading all your philosophical stuff and I'd love to have more people like that on my f-list :P But good old personal stuff is nice as well :3
artistic
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
oh thanks! that's good to know *beams*
Exploring
call_me_katya ══╣Exploring╠══
So glad you're planning a run of entries! For me, LJ feels like a more complete place when you are posting regularly [because I enjoy your entries, both kinds] and I definitely don't feel that for you personally, quality suffers when the entries are shorter. Sometimes we just need to keep up to date and I find that for me, the longer that occurs between significant life events, the more stuff piles up and the harder it is for me to find a starting point to writing about them. Almost like... tidying up. I genuinely didn't feel this post of your was scattered, as a reader.

I can't really post every day as personally, I almost feel I lose people if I post every day. I feel my entries get lost in the deluge and people miss things so I like to try and leave a couple of days in between but at the moment I'm averaging around three times a week, which is great for me! It means I'm breaking everything up into bite-sized chunks which feels a lot more manageable, and feel more connected with the community.
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Expect to find curse words, nudity, (occasionally explicit) talk of sex, and angry ranting, but NEVER slurs or sexually violent language. I use TW when I am aware of the need and on request.