The Entry That Almost Wasn't

This blog entry almost didn’t get written. A few weeks ago I decided it’d be fun to have a blog. I’ve been reading a lot of them (most the ones linked by Tri-Geek Dreams) and the idea appeals to me. Plus, I figured it’d improve my writing some, and it would give me something to read a few years from now, to see what I was like.

But it’s really hard to keep it up. Writing does not come easy to me. I am not overflowing with ideas that other people might care about. I can’t even make my self-imposed deadlines (one entry by Thursday, then another by Sunday). And nobody reads the blog. I’m not quite ready to say that’s because I’m boring, but that’s a real possibility. I can think of a ton of reasons just to pack it in.

That is a lot like exercise, really. It doesn’t matter to anybody but me whether I do a workout or not. Nobody checks, and if I stopped exercising most people wouldn’t notice. There’s always plenty of reasons to skip a workout, and only two rational reasons to do it. The first is to be in “good enough” shape for some future event. The second is for general health reasons. There’s an irrational extra reason, though. I feel better about myself if I do the work out. Not just because I’m healthier, but because I’m doing something that’s hard. That exact reason is also why I’m up now writing this entry. I told myself I was going to do it, and I’m going to stick with it. Once I’ve completed the triathlon, then I will let myself re-evaluate whether to continue blogging regularly or not.

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Living the good life in Seattle, occasionally sharing something interesting with the Internet.