Well, if that’s not a reason to write, I don’t know what is.
It’s the third of March, and I’m participating in Two Writing Teacher’s Slice of Life Story Challenge. During the month, writers are challenged to post a short personal narrative–a Slice of Life–to their blogs and share it daily. It’s a lot of fun, and a lot of work. Funny how those two go together sometimes.
Anyway, I’ve got a fairly consistent writing practice, but publishing is not an everyday thing. A few times a week at best is my normal practice.
So: That reason to write.
This morning I posted the third narrative to my blog, and almost immediately the little blue light on my phone started blinking. Reflexively, I’m sorry to say, I picked it up and checked my notifications.
WordPress: “You’re on a 3-day streak on Yet There is Method!”
Yes, the number three was bolded as was the name of my blog. And there’s a badge. A badge! The better to emphasize my accomplishment, I suppose.
Now look, I’m not trying to be a downer here. “Gamified” has become a bit of a loaded word in my circles; sometimes it’s a positive thing, and sometimes it’s a negative thing. (As an educator, should I rely on gamification to get my subject matter across? As with most things, some say yes, and some say no).
To be honest, a few years ago when this happened I even got a bit excited to see the accomplishment. 3 days! 7 Days! I do like to accomplish things (as is evidenced by the SOLSC badge on my website), and I really don’t have a problem with the WordPress recognition, but now…it just seems a bit odd to me. Maybe I’m getting old. Maybe you kids should just stay off my lawn.
As I’m writing this some hours later, that notification has already moved down and off of my phone’s screen. I’m going to keep writing and reading, hopefully every day for the entire month. After all, that 30 day badge isn’t going to earn itself!