Wow, it’s been one month since I decided to take on this “little” thirty minute project of mine and even though my initial goal was to spend “just half an hour” a day reading and writing, a goal which I have failed to meet, I am pleasantly pleased with myself. I removed all pressure from myself about trying to rank, and get traffic and what not and decided to focus on just reading and writing for the pure pleasure of it.
The result? I actually look forward to sitting down at the computer to write. I don’t dread “creating content” because I don’t see it that way at all. I am not writing for anyone but myself and I’m pretty easy to please, so I found out. And then there’s the reading. Love it, love it, love it. But I knew I would. I just wasn’t being disciplined enough to allow myself to spend time doing these activities that I derive so much pleasure from. Best of all, this weekend is library book sale weekend.. Woo hoo!
I actually started a new book today called “Every Day Is For The Thief” (not an affiliate link) by Teju Cole. The author has been compared to the likes of J.M. Coetzee and others but I have to say, I read J.M. Coetzee’s book “Disgrace” (also not an affiliate link) and yes, even though I know it was “highly acclaimed” I was rather unimpressed by it. The story was interesting I suppose, and I did learn and add six new words to my English vocabulary, but altogether, I was unmoved by it.
Now this book on the other hand… The first chapter alone got me hooked immediately because I can sooo relate. Anyone who has ever tried applying for a Nigerian passport or visa at the consulate in New York (and I hear the story is the same in the Atlanta branch) will so totally get this book right from page 1 of chapter 1. It’s a very fast-moving read so I should be done in time to load up on more books from the library book sale this weekend.
In other news, my Dad has decided to get back into blogging. I love it! I just set up his own blog this evening and he should be up and typing away now. He’s brilliant and he has a lot to say so I think blogging is a great retirement hobby for him.