Today’s Lesson: Learning a lesson every single day is a good lesson.
When I set out to post a lesson learned every single day, I set a lofty target of doing it for a year. I had no idea if I could actually learn something valuable every day of my life. Now, I am less than 2 weeks away from my 365th lesson (actually, I will be a little over because I am not always good at remembering to categorize my posts).
The lesson I learned this year is that I can actually find a lesson in every day. I have no doubt this has affected my life and personality. For one thing, it has taught me to listen for the lesson in each day (and sometimes to ask others what it was in case I missed it).
It also taught me that I can make time to write every single day and, if I want, I could take these 365 lessons and turn them into a 365-page book. How about that? I wrote a book (well, if I actually wanted to make it a book)!
I don’t know what I am going to do after the 365th lesson. I have been thinking about it for the last few months. Do I go to weekly posts? Doing so would allow me to do better quality checking before I post. I could revise and do better research, publish more insightful stuff less frequently. On the other hand, I like the habit I have built up of writing every single day and I can easily see that slipping away.
I thought about writing random snippets of fiction each day, as an experiment. There are always random made-up conversations or note-taking going on in my brain, how I might turn a particular moment in life into a moment in a screenplay or book. I think it might be kind of confusing to readers, though, just having a daily dose of random words with no real context. I also thought about actually writing a spontaneously built story, one day at a time, just feeding off the day before’s post, with no real story outline in mind, just see where it goes each day.
I have considered splitting the blog into multiple blogs and writing for each one each day (which would amount to a post per week for each blog).
I don’t know where we are headed next. If you have ideas (or like one I mentioned), send them my way via FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, email, Tumblr, or wherever you found me or normally follow me (I am “Michael Salamey” everywhere–just search my name if we are not connected).
What should we do this next year?
In the meantime, I will probably just keep going so keep your eyes on the daily posts and if they take a weird turn suddenly, you will know why!