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Today is Tuesday, November 1, 2011, the first day of the National Blog Posting Month. In one way, I am just like George Washington, I cannot tell a lie. Just as little George confessed that he chopped down the cherry tree with his little hatchet, I feel compelled to confess that blogging and keeping up the blogs that I have started over the years has been one of my shortcomings. I had good intentions when I started each of them, but you know what Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), as about good intentions, “Hell is full of good intentions or desires.” I am willing to bet that you thought that I was going to say that “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” a saying attributed to Samuel Johnson. The simple truth is that Samuel Johnson never said that. It is a bastardized combination of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux saying, “Hell is full of good intentions or desires.” And John Ray’s (1670) proverb “Hell is paved with good intentions.”
It takes more than good intentions to make a blogger. To become a true blogger, one must blog every day. I devoted ten to twelve hours every day to writing for publication, and I had no trouble doing that day in and day out, so why could not I blog devoutly day in and day out? I was totally buffaloed as to why I could not blog as I wrote. My epiphany came about four weeks ago. When writing for publication, I had deadlines to meet and those deadlines motivated me to keep writing even when I did not feel like writing. With blogging, there were no deadlines to motivate me. I realized that if I was to become a blogger, I would have to set deadlines for myself. Then I discovered a wonderful online site called A Little Thing Called 750 Words. The idea was based on the concept of writing ones “Morning Papers,” a free writing exercise that was supposed to open your mind to the flow of creative ideas for the remainder of the day. I actually wrote an article on this interactive program and published it on Factoidz.Com, just one of the many online sites that I write for. The title of the article is A Little Thing Called 750 Words. Check it out. Using A Little Thing Called 750 words, is a great way to develop the habit of blogging faithfully day in and day out. It worked for me, and that is the only reason I have taken up the gauntlet of the National blog Posting Month with the confidence of knowing that I will succeed in my goal to post every day.