I’m not only thinking about procrastinating this morning but acknowledging that it has grabbed my writer’s throat and taken over the day. The clear signals were an ongoing flicking open my email inboxes (all three of them) checking my ” An Unedited Writer” Flipboard magazine stats and doing a ton of maintenance type tasks I normally leave for the afternoons after my writing time is done.
Last night, a Flipboard article went viral and my readership started rocketing upwards. My starting point was just under 600 readers and last night, somewhere around 7pm the viral post was picked up. I soared up to just over 3000 readers in a few hours. This morning, the count was 8500 readers
It’s not as if I had nothing to do this morning. There’s a ton of stuff on my to-do list and today’s objectives are crystal clear. It’s not that I don’t have ideas.
It’s just that I don’t feel like it.
There are days like that. Days when I simply run out of steam, look at the flickering screens dominating my life and pretty much screw around all day.
Yes, kicked through 10,000 readers! Not by much but yes, 800 new readers – into 5-figures of readership – in the last twenty minutes.
Now, here’s the kicker. That sudden growth comes with a sense of, “Oh Shit. How do I maintain it? How do I keep all those new readers happy?”
Every author, every creative who’s had some measure of success stares in the mirror asking the same question.
And here comes my personal challenge again.
It took me a long time of writing my gardening posts to come to the conclusion I really didn’t care what the majority of people thought. There are always those who think I’m a close relative of the village idiot no matter what I do, say or write. The key, and I’ve been focussing on this quite a bit lately, is to be yourself and (hopefully) find people who like that.
The others? Well, they can go somewhere else.
But For The First Time
But now, for the first time, I’m facing this thought in the non-gardening world. This is both very cool and terrifying at the same time. The thought and feeling rolled over me this morning as I watched those numbers and I’m blaming this for the sudden procrastination.
What do I have to do next to top or meet that?
I wish there was an easy wrap-up solution to this issue but if Stephen Pressfield is right, it’s called “Resistance” and I’ll live with it for the rest of my creative life as I drive through the creative walls.
10,229. In the time it took me to write the above few lines, I gained 224 new readers.
OK. There must be another pot of coffee around here. I’m going to accept my lack of word production this morning and simply luxuriate in the sense of having a ton more readers.
11,027 In the time it took to take this screenshot and upload it.
What a giggle! What am absolutely terrifying giggle.