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End of Blogtober

Another year, another failed Blogtober. Here we are on the spookiest, most wonderful day of the year… and I’m finally updating my blog for the first time since the 19th.

I set a goal for myself to post every day in October. This was going to be my triumphant return to blogging after a lackluster posting schedule that involved me taking my blog offline for over six straight weeks.

However, unlike last year, I didn’t have to work too hard to find the success in my failure.

First off, I still posted 19 times in October. I tied the number of days I was able to complete last year.

And that tie is all the more impressive considering how much more hectic my October was this year. Last year, when I was dog sitting at my parents’ house for two weeks in October, I was carving pumpkins, roasting pumpkin seeds, watching horror movies, and generally lacking the discipline required to think of and schedule time to post 31 days.

This year, I had the discipline. But around day 19 I had to focus all that discipline into juggling moving apartments while house sitting. I was juggling three residences on three different sides of the city. I was juggling my full time job and side gigs. And I was still spending evenings at the pumpkin patch, enjoying bonfires with my friends, seeing my alma mater destroy my hometown team in hockey, catch new operas and fun plays, etc.

It was exhilarating to stay on top of everything. But a go-go-go mentality does begin to wear on you. I began to hear the refrain in my head:

My candle burns at both ends;
   It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
   It gives a lovely light!
(Edna St. Vincent Millay)

I was burning my candle at both ends. And it was great while it lasted, but inevitably I crashed.

The important thing is I’m back. You only fail when you let your failures stop you from keeping at your goals.

Blogtober is over, though. So we’re back to my twice-weekly posting plan. See you soon.

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