Reading Update

It has been a little to long since I made an update to my on going reading challenge, and I thought it was about time that I rectify that. Just as it has been a while since I updated the challenge, there was a good period of this time that I was not so much focused on reading. Even with this being the case I have managed to get through a number of books in the past month, even though I have been travelling.

Recent Reads

For the most part my reading since January has been fairly light on. Between planning and booking my most recent trip which left Australia on the 8th of March, with my return on the 27th of May. Which of course is the other hurdle I faced until recently, but more about that a little later on.

In the past month I have completed five books, which you can find under May on the Book List I am keeping. For whatever reason I seem to have completely discarded my reading goals while travelling for the first two months of the trip.

The Travel Challenge, Resolved

For some reason since I got my iPad, I had not realised the potential benefit to my reading while travelling. While I had previously done some reading while travelling it was really only when I started flying again after my cruise ended that I really begun making use of my iPad.

While there are some problems with reading using an iPad when flying, there are also benefits. The biggest challenge is the large gap at the beginning and end of the flight where you cannot use electronic devices. This to a degree gives time that is somewhat wasted. A problem which you do not have when you are reading a physical paperback book.

The biggest benefit though is that you can have quite a few books with you, and not need to worry about the weight of the books. If you are already carrying an iPad for any other purpose, then putting the books on it for reading are just a added benefit. I have around 50 books on my iPad at this point and it does not change the weight of what I am carrying at all. While I may not be reading all these books at the same time, it does give me good choice which I do not have if I am carrying the physical books with me.

More Reading

I now hope that I am going to be able to continue my reading in the coming months. I mean what sort of goal is it if I keep leaving two month gaps in the progress. As it stands at my present rate I will not complete 100 books with in the year, however this does not concern me greatly, I will be happy to get through the books as I can.

I would look to work on getting through maybe 4 or 5 books a month going forward. Of course this all depends on what I am doing and other things which become a part of my focus from time to time. In a month where I have more travel I will probably read more, on planes and such. While In a month with a lot of work, I may not read quite as much.

It will happen

“Whatever will be, will be”

I like this quote in relation to this goal, since it is not a hard and fast goal it is something that I am working on and working towards as time permits. I will make it to 100 books at some point, I just don’t want to put a specific dead line on it right now. So keep watching as I will keep updating my progress. If you are looking for some ideas on books to read, just take a look at the book list and you will find that they could be some good choices, to start with.

Writing Challenge 2 months on

If you have been a reader of my blog for any length of time you may remember two months back in November I undertook a writing challenge. In pretty much all ways the challenge was a success. However while in someways I have learnt from this in others I am still at the same place that I was before I started the challenge.

The outcome of the challenge was almost more then I had hoped for, achieveing almost 80,000 words written for the month or more then 2500 per day on average. A little over half of these written words were ultimately published online in a total of 43 posts between a number of different websites.

What I Learnt From The Challenge

The biggest lesson that I did learn from the challenge is what I can achieve from applying myself when I want to. However while I may think that most of the time I want to apply myself, this does not ultimately work out this way.

Of course public accountability does help me to some extent in applying myself, however this comes down to making a commitment and publically sharing this. the problem for me here is that I do not ultimately know what commitment I am able to make at the moment.

Since The Challenge

Things have been somewhat a struggle since the challenge for me to achieve the level that I set throughout the challenge. In fact things have dropped off quite substantially.

In the past two months I have posted just 24 posts, barely a quarter of what I would have posted had I kept up with the average I had during in challenge. The same is true with the word count, and published words. I have barely written 14,000 words in the past two months, all of them published. So I guess the difference between the words written and the words published has really improved, however this is in many ways still inconsequential, if I am not writing the amount that I want to.

Where To Next
I believe that the next step that I need to take is to establish just what I want out of my writing and what my expectations for myself are. But also establish some form of accountability that I state publically. While there will always be times when I am unable to write to the level I want, when I can, I should be.

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