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Apr 19, 2019 19:16:32

Streak Slavery

by @gabrielgreco PATRON | 409 words | 🐣 | 100💌

Gabriel Greco

Current day streak: 0🐣
Total posts: 100💌
Total words: 44407 (177 pages 📄)

I wanted to see what it was like to disconnect, so I did. It was okay but the long absence made me feel like I'd abandoned the community, which was not my aim.

Then I got back on the saddle and, abruptly, hopped right off again. Over the past week I did a bit of traveling with work. It was intense enough that the 200wad challenge wasn't as important. I would have cared before, but now, I realized, I was no longer a streak slave. 

But did I stop writing? Of course not.

As the streak unraveled yet again, I drafted several pieces. On the plane, on the train, in a small regulation-sized hotel room whose builders didn't deem it important enough to place electrical outlets anywhere near the bed. 

I wrote about a dream I had a year or two ago. Maybe the most intense I've ever dreamed - so much so I can still recall it with ease. And writing about it reminded me of another dream, one I couldn't remember as readily, but it left an impression on me which, if dreams mean anything at all, must be more meaningful than I think. I wrote about it, too. 

I wrote about my days, journal style, in an effort to capture moments I may not otherwise remember. Just today I came up on a social media post with this quote: The faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory. It's an old Chinese proverb and a good enough mantra for somebody like me, who's made so many memories and written about so few. Now I know why.

Years ago I wrote on a popular blog which I'd more or less abandoned. But this week I produced two brand new posts and set up the next two. There were other things I wrote about, in snatches. Thoughts and observations mostly. But I wrote, that's what I'm saying.

So what's this have to do with 200wad? 

Before my 46-day streak on here I didn't write as much. Maybe a few times a week, sporadically, without a goal. But now, even if I'm no longer faithful to the daily sacrifice on 200wad, I'm faithful to my writing. Thanks to 200wad writing has become a regular part of life again. I'm observing, thinking, and writing it down. I'm building a cannon from which something significant might one day emerge.  If I'm a slave to anything it's that - not to the streak. 



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    @gabrielgreco as you brought back these issues I must admit I'm a total #streakbitch...

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | May 18, 2019 18:16:47
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    @gabrielgreco - I was initially worried that I was thinking a lot about my streak but that is exactly what pushed me to write every day. Not everyone is the same so I can see your point. But after 109 days of writing daily, I feel differently about the streak now. There is research that states that the routine of doing something repeatedly helps. Not for all I agree but if I could make a wild assumption - there are fewer people that could do what you are doing without maintaining a streak... majority of us need the streak and will be able to do bigger things than we otherwise would have.

    Brandon's reply was way more articulate though.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 20, 2019 14:55:28
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      @keni As I understand it, routines in general help us quite a bit, so I'm all for it. I realize some people may not write at all if it weren't for 200wad and others may not take it seriously enough if they dont keep the streaks, and others would just stop when they break a streak once.
      As much as I love 200wad, I'll definitely keep writing, with or without it, that's all I know.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Apr 20, 2019 23:35:54
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    @gabrielgreco I don't feel like I'm a slave, but I'm also pretty sure I'm not sure how to stop streakin'. Got close a few times only to jump back in with minutes ro spare. I'm all good either way.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Apr 20, 2019 00:34:48
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      @gabrielgreco @Rawhead Yey!!! Not a slave, me! No! No! No! But a thought of losing a streak brings cold sweats... :D

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 20, 2019 20:11:13
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      @Rawhead @lucjah I had some close calls that were pretty thrilling to be honest.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Apr 20, 2019 23:32:26
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    @gabrielgreco

    +1 Couldn't of wrote it better.

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Apr 19, 2019 20:50:21
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      @gabrielgreco

      btw any chance you could privately share some of your old blog posts? Just curious

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Apr 19, 2019 20:50:46
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      @abrahamKim Ah, I would but it would throw my anonymity out the window. I may eventually though.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Apr 20, 2019 23:14:31
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      @abrahamKim +2 :)

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Apr 20, 2019 23:14:38
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      @gabrielgreco

      Lol would you be willing to break your anonymity over email with an individual -- me?

      If so email [email protected]
      If not no worries either!

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Apr 21, 2019 00:21:04
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