I can overthink anything, even #SOL24

March 1, 2024

Surprising no one, I have been overthinking my blog again, which has led to me not posting any reviews of the books I’ve recently read. Regular readers of the blog know that I have recently done a site redesign and, with that in mind, I have listened to my web developer (so fancy!) who told me to stop posting all of my book reviews in a single post all at once as that makes them difficult for search engines to find and also make for longer/more cumbersome reads. Which, in general, is good advice, but it has also paralyzed me because my brain is usually firing on more than one cylinder at a time so the idea of individual book reviews has basically caused a short circuit. I do not know why since I originally started this blog to do just that.

Given that, I have decided to participate in the Slice of Life (SOL) Challenge again this year. It’s a great way to recalibrate and get back into the swing of blogging because, you know, to my brain it makes sense to go from barely posting once a week to definitely posting every single day instead. To which I ask, if I’m not doing all or nothing thinking, am I even thinking at all?

I’m mostly joking, of course. The difference between the barely posting and the challenge is the community, and that does make a HUGE difference. It’s the equivalent of working with friends on Zoom versus trying to just grade at home alone. The accountability adds in a layer of motivation, which helps a ton. Plus, the SOL Challenge gives me a point of focus each day AND, as I’ve mentioned before, participating in these types of challenges helps me in other areas of my writing life. Like writing up the rest of my Joshua Tree posts, which I still haven’t done. You know, for example.

So that’s a long-winded way of saying I’m excited to participate in the challenge again this year. Also, fun fact, but I have only done the daily challenge TWICE. Twice! That’s astounding to me. But, yep, I did it in 2017 and 2018 and no years since. I have dipped in and out of doing the weekly slice of life posts, though. Still, It was wild to click the “yes, please sign me up as a newer slicer” button because if those two years weren’t trial by fire initiation, I don’t know what is.

Even funner fact? I wrote most of this post Monday night so I could post it in time for the Tuesday post and still managed to not do that because of the overthinking. Ah well. It’s an excellent day one post at any rate.

Welcome to any new readers! It’s going to be a fun/wild/interesting month of daily posts. All of them will not be about overthinking things. One can hope anyway.

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6 Comments

  1. Kim Whitmore

    Ah, I think I have found a soul mate! Enjoy the challenge!

    Reply
    • Akilah

      Hahaha there are plenty of us out there for sure. And thanks!

      Reply
  2. Tobi McCoy

    From one overthinker to the other, I feel seen. I’m in year four (consecutive) and this year I almost thought I wouldn’t…

    Let’s do this!

    Reply
    • Akilah

      Let’s gooooooooo.

      Reply
  3. Elisabeth Ellington

    Ah yes, overthinking your way out of blogging. I have been there so many times, especially when it concerns how to review books. I also think that I ought to write individual reviews, but I simply can’t muster the energy. I do much better when I give myself permission to write quick reviews all compiled together. At any rate, I am very glad you signed up for the challenge again this year and I’m really looking forward to reading your writing and reconnecting.

    Reply
    • Akilah

      Yay, so good to see you!

      And yes, I have to re-give myself permission for sure. I can always break the blog posts up later, so thank you for the reminder.

      Reply

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