Fixing the Habit

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

It’s been said that it takes 21 to 28 days of continually doing something before it becomes a habit.

Actual research shows that, like most “common wisdom”, that’s utter bullshit.

The habit I’m trying to “fix” instead of break, is…

This.

Blogging. Bloviating. Throwing my thoughts into the ether for shits and giggles.

I’m not anything that can be considered a blogger anymore. Went three months without a peep.

I didn’t give up, just literally didn’t feel like I had anything worth the effort to push down keystrokes for, and nobody would give a shit if I did.

Started thinking that I might just hang it up (hell, wondering if I even HAVE anything to hang up) except for one niggling little fact:

I don’t care if anyone gives a shit or reads my crap. Ok, I’m a bit full of shit about that. It’s always nice to get comments and linkage and shit. Anyone who blogs and says otherwise is a lying sack.

That said, the reason I keep paying my hosting every year isn’t that I have some deep seated need to entertain or inform anyone, it’s because my shitstain brown little blog is just that: MY fucking shitstain brown little blog. Mine. Mine. Mine. Mine.

My little place that I can say any fucked up thing I want.

If I had been deliberately avoiding posting shit because I was sick of it, I’d hang the “closed” sign on the front page in a heartbeat, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let it die just because I’ve fallen so far out of the daily habit of writing on this page that it’s covered in cobwebs and dust. I have no excuse, not even laziness because being lazy is a choice and making a choice is still more of an effort than I’ve put into this place lately. Hell, I can post from my goddamn phone for crying out loud.

So here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to fix my habit.

21 days to ingrain a habit is bullshit. The linked article says 66 days is kind of bullshit too. Personally, I think it depends on the activity and the person.

So I’ll pick an admittedly bullshit arbitrary number.

So, for the next 69 days (I like 69, it has a nice symmetry of give and take about it) I will post at least once every single day.

Many of these posts will be lame as fuck. Some may be catblogging. I might explain why I like tacos. I might start taking colon cleanser and posting photos. You clicks your mouse and you takes your chances folks.

The point is continuity. To restart an addiction, a kind of blog addiction inverse self-intervention.

And if I can’t manage this, I may as well save the hosting fees.

Day 1 starts now.

8 Responses to “Fixing the Habit”

  1. My name is Harvey, and I’m a Spotty Blogger:

    http://badexample2.blogspot.com/2011/08/spotty-bloggers-anonymous.html

  2. My name is Tommy and Harvey is a spotty blogger.

  3. My name is Spockgirl and I have been toying with the idea of becoming a Spotty Blogger.

    Thanks to Harvey I now have another blog to peruse.

  4. My name is Omnibabe, and I got nastygrams in my email when I didn’t post for over two weeks. Spotty Blogging? I rock it.

  5. My name is Mrs. Who, and I’m a Spotty Blogger, especially once the school year begins.

  6. I give a fuck, how about them apples?

  7. And I’m MC, and I’ve been keeping you on my blog roll because you didn’t say you quit and when you do write, it’s good stuff.

  8. Bulldog quit sometime back, but I knew you would be back. Figured you were just busy.

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