#oneaday is a blog collective which started on Twitter. It is an attempt to write something every day, originally for a whole year, but I’ve since gone well beyond that. A “day” is not measured on the calendar, but rather it’s the period of time between when you wake up and when you go to bed. This means that night owls like me can feel free to post in the early hours, if that’s your thing.
It is not an attempt to be particularly meaningful, funny or even good. Its purpose is to get us writing. Writing for ourselves. Learning the self-discipline required to just sit down and write every day. Not much. At least a paragraph. I’ve set myself my own personal target of at least 500 words per post. Simple enough, right?
If other people happen to enjoy what we write, so much the better. If they don’t? That’s fine too, because the reason we write is for the love of writing, and for the enjoyment and sense of satisfaction that non-stop creativity brings.
It’s a challenge, yes. And not everyone who started is going to stick it out for very long. But even those people who have chosen to stop now have undoubtedly learned something from the whole experience. Even if it’s just “I never want to do that ever again!”
If you want to get involved, it’s never too late to get started. Simply start writing about anything you want at least once a day (and “a day” is counted from when you get up until when you go to bed, not by the calendar), publish your posts and tweet them with the hashtag #oneaday.
Then sit back safe and sound in the knowledge that you’re scratching that creative itch one little bit at a time.
Check out some of the posts from last year’s participants here.