I gave up. Mostly.
I wrote on Monday about a blog writing challenge that I had begun because I figured I could front the $11 for the course.
I did the first week of videos and assignments until about Friday.
You’ll recall that my show, Bloomsday, closed over the weekend. You probably don’t even realize how much you regret not seeing it.
Along with that, I’ve got other projects coming up.
Not to mention that, come Saturday night after the final show, all I wanted to do was find the license number of the Mack truck that ran over me.
I was a little tired. A little.
By Monday I was convinced I was coming down with the plague. But it’s been years since I’ve had a Corona. Less time since I’ve had Chinese food.
But, before I move on, let me just say that I’m not making fun of the virus. It’s a serious issue. Like you, I feel a little helpless and I’m not sure that I trust our government (no matter who is in charge) to keep us safe.
BRB…off to wash my hands…which is about all I can do.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming…
I don’t like to quit in the middle of something.
But, with all due respect to the organizers of this particular blog challenge. It wasn’t worth the time I was investing to keep up with the assignments.
It’s not that the information was bad, or unhelpful. Actually, I printed out the daily handouts to use as a guide.
It’s that I could not keep up with the homework assignments. The new lessons came after midnight, and homework was due to be posted the next morning by 10:00 a.m.
It just wasn’t possible to maintain that schedule.
The challenge is officially over tomorrow and I’m not going to get to walk across the virtual platform and get a diploma.
It’s not a total loss because I have learned things.
Among those things the fact that I can’t do everything.
I already knew that. I’m pretty sure I’ve even written about that here.
I mean, I don’t want to shatter your illusions. You may be dazzled by the daily (or, sporadic) bursts of brilliance in these posts.
But, I’m not perfect.
What I am is in a time of transition. And no, I’m not ready to spell that out just yet.
So, I tried the blog challenge in the hopes that it would lead to those freelance blogging opportunities that are supposedly the gravy train of online writing.
Narrator: Don’t put the biscuits in the oven just yet.
Look, I know, and saw from the comments, that many of the participants found this class helpful. Like I said, I learned some good things.
There’s just no need to dial up the Pulitzer Committee.
Not just yet.