*whew* I did it! With this post, I will have completed The Finicky Cynic’s “June Jour” daily post challenge. Sixteen different posts (counting this one) over the course of two weeks plus. Posts full of witty words, diverse topics, guideline adherence (well, somewhat), writing style adoptions, and quite a lot of introspection. And what, F.C. asked Tuesday, have I learned after all this, or at the very least how do I feel? Well, after all of that, I feel….
Well, I do now feel invigorated to write. Well, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t invigorated in writing my blog before, though previously adhering to a roughly one-post-per-week schedule now feels so boring by comparison. Doing June Jour really got my writing juices going, more than I had ever thought they would when I first started this blog late last year.
Feeling invigorated also means that I feel inspired. Even before June Jour, I had thought of different topics to write about, crossdressing and otherwise, and different ways and writing styles to tell them. I really can’t wait to try them out in future posts.
Of course, June Jour also made me feel challenged. When I say that, I mean challenged on what topics to write about as well as how to write it. Before this series, I probably wouldn’t have thought of devoting 50 words to nature or devote 5 minutes’ typing time to sunsets; it wouldn’t have occurred to me to write of inspiring movies (not just one but two) or what geometric shape would describe me; and odds were I wouldn’t have dared talk about a person that I look up to or someone I had a crush on, even under a feminine alias. But blog about them I did, and I am glad I did….
For blogging about all those things made me feel more expressive about myself Oh, sure, I have shared real deep thoughts on here before June Jour, but all those thoughts about crushes and inspiring people and even magic wishes leave me with a desire to talk more about myself in the future. Not bad for a middle-aged male who is pretty reserved in his everyday life.
Admittedly, writing posts for almost 16 days straight have left me a little drained. Wow, I sure have done a lot of blogging (June Jour-related or otherwise) over the past half-month… and a lot of self-expression… and a lot of looking deep down into myself in order to write posts that I hope moved a lot of people, maybe inspiring and challenging them as much as I felt inspired and challenged and more expressive. That drained feeling is why, admittedly, I took a one-day break from my blog. Yeah, I checked into WordPress briefly in the morning to read messages and whatnot, but I didn’t think about any new posts at all.
But the good feeling and sense of accomplishment I feel after finishing June Jour, and the likes and positive responses I received as a result, makes all that blood, sweat, and tears worth it. I’m one who’s always eager and wanting to please others, especially the person who put out these challenge prompts, The Finicky Cynic herself. I hope she won’t mind some praise, but she would be a perfect creative writing teacher. Seriously. Heck, she’s more inspiring than the creative writing teacher I had my senior year in high school (and, odds are, not as pompous).
Simply put, I feel happy to have done June Jour, and I really look forward to doing challenges like that again in the future. Between now and then, keep an eye out for my non-challenge posts. Thanks for reading! 🙂