“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.”
– Aldous Huxley, Do What You Will: Twelve Essays
So, what it’s been like maybe two or three years? Months…I definitely meant months, but to be fair in the world of writing a three-month absence actually does feel a lot like three years.
Now, before I went AWOL I had a pretty decent rhythm going on, posting wise that is:
Enjoy the week
Reflect on Wednesday
Publish on Thursday
Pub on the weekend
It was fun. I looked forward to those Thursdays, but that giddiness and anticipation only lasted for like a month in Thursdays. So, in all actuality, the thrill of having a set day to upload content onto my blog only lasted for four or five days. Typical. After that sixth or so Thursday rolled in I was right back to that icky feeling I get whenever I decide to organize and pre-plan things in my life. But I kept it up,
“Through consistency comes results.”
Sure, but what results am I looking for in particular? *inserts the biggest Kanye shrug ever* It almost felt like I was forcing myself to make routine posts a.k.a. doing that thing again where I attempted to cater to an audience and in turn short change myself. I knew I had to abandon the mindset, once again might I add, before I abandoned my hobby and I was determined to.
Fast forward three months, May, I ended up abandoning both my snazzy hobby and that twisted mindset but in the midst of all that I also had an epiphany. I mean, would I really be myself if I didn’t? The answer is no.
Now, At first, when I realized I didn’t enjoy having only one specific day to post, I figured I was being a baby I mean a lot of people have scheduled days to do things so why couldn’t I? Maybe, I thought, I had my leash on too tight, usually, no one has just one day to do something every week so I change it to two but then when will I find the time to write up posts I’m content with? I’m my biggest critic so of course, that wouldn’t work. Moving on.
Then it hit me,
I don’t want to be consistent at all. Consistency drives me away in every aspect of the word. Sure it establishes a lot but it’s way too uniform. Consistency is great when you want to achieve a long-term goal but even then you have to realize that doing the same thing won’t give you different results. I think it’s obvious that consistency hinders creativity, and speaking for myself here I believe there’s something way more effective than consistency,
Persistence is key.
Continuing to do something on your time without constantly beating yourself up about when it should be done, especially in this free-range creative space is “key” and I’m not sure why I never thought about it this way before but – here we are.