I originally started this blog on the first day of Blaugust last year, so I suppose it's somewhat fitting that I return to it on the first day of Blaugust. I'm not really certain why, but I just haven't felt much inspiration to write in recent months. Time for a fresh start though, and to see if I can keep things going this time around. We shall see.
What are you hoping to get out of Blaugust this year?
Belghast posted that question as a writing prompt for the first day of Blaugust, and it seems like a good question for me to answer. What am I hoping to get out of this? I'm certainly not it for the phat stacks of blog cash. I have a day job that works just fine for me; this will only ever be a hobby. I think I mostly want to blog as a way to think about my ideas and get them out into a more concrete form.
That's why I blog (when I do), but why Blaugust in particular? I've found that I tend to work best with concrete goals. That's one of the reasons that I'm a big fan of in-game achievements; they provide me suggested goals to work towards which give me sufficient structure that I'm not just flailing around wondering what to do. Blaugust serves a similar purpose, setting a goal of one blog per day for a month. I've done it once, but this time I'd also like to try and use that month to come up with some ongoing structure to keep me going. One of my friends had a few suggestions for ongoing features I could write each of which could run for a year or more if done on a weekly basis. I may try to do one or more of those and see how that goes.
In any case, Blaugust has come and the challenge has begun. Let's do this.