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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#nerdlution: I'm In

I like being part of an online community of educators and writers and readers and super creative people. Currently I'm in awe by #nerdlution.

The official #nerdlution button!


It started on a whim. A couple of friends talking about the importance of accountability and wanting to establish some new habits.

Then Chris Lehman threw down a challenge involving an obscene number of pushups.
Colby Sharp created a hashtag.
And told the story of the first murmurs here.

And I was swept away by the phenomenon.


I committed to a word count goal.
I attempted to be realistic.
Rational.
Practical.

If I would have taken time to think it through I wouldn't have committed.
Sometimes I think this writing adventure is simply a pipe dream.

Then I do something concrete.
Like announce a word count goal as my #nerdlution contribution.

Suddenly I'm in.
Deep.
My Twitter feed is ecstatic.

And I could say:  
Oops, sorry. I really meant I just want to eat breakfast someplace other than my car or put lotion on my legs or make sure I have socks that match and remember to put mascara on both eyes.

My #nerdlution friends would understand. I wouldn't understand, though. I can't walk away from the commitment I made. This is what #nerdlution is all about. Choosing to do something that you know will make you happy, then having a group to hold you accountable and celebrate when you do the thing you thought was too hard.

So I'm sticking with my #nerdlution buddies.

After all, the reason they are my friends is because they've got moxie.
And they remind me that I do too.

I will write for a 50 day streak.

550 words a day. 
#nerdlution

13 comments:

  1. Oh, that is awesome! So very much better than mascara, Ruth. That would have been a serious disappointment. Congratulations! Now you have me off to check it out. xo

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  2. YAY! So glad you are joining in, Ruth! Write! Write! Write!

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  3. Good for you, Ruth. It will carry you into the new year!

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  4. So, yay for moxie, yay for you, and yay for #nerdlution. It's amazing to see what a wonderful community that has sprung up around this idea.

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  5. Hooray! So happy you're in!!! I felt the same way. After I committed, I thought...well, maybe this isn't a good idea, but I'd already committed. Happy I'm in, too.

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  6. :)
    I figure, we all have permission to be "in" when it works and "not so in" when life gets in the way. Flexibility!
    Kevin

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  7. I will be excited to hear about this along the way. I like that it is something measurable and that it can work toward overall project goals while also leaving flexibility. Happy writing!

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  8. Yea, Ruth! You are more concrete than I am. I just said I'd write and move. Talk about giving myself flexibility...

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  9. Wow, I see you are still at it! I truly miss writing. My goal is to get back to it. I feel it slipping away. I do so many other things now, but they are things I couldn't do before, like visit people, paint in watercolor, learn new things in technology on my iPad, help with the Worship team, help with the food bank,

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  10. Came over here to dig up the link for 5-Minute Friday, aaaaaand as usual got inspired by you. :) Mayhap I'll be borrowing the word count idea...

    ALSO, change that notice!! Celebrating Writers is NOW AVAILABLE. People can buy it at www.stenhouse.com and everything. :D

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