I just signed up for Blogging University and I must admit the name, for me, is a bit off-putting. Due to my laziness and over all loathing of school in general, signing up for something with even the name “University” went against my current nature.
I signed up because I know there is a lot about WordPress I should learn. I jumped into blogging with both feet not knowing what to expect and now I would like to see what I can do to clean it up and smooth out the rough spots. But, the only way I could make it OK to sign up for this “University” was to remind myself I didn’t have to do all the lessons and I could end it at anytime. Not so much a Jedi mind trick as a psychological safety net. Much like my issues with New Year’s Resolutions, I know that if for any reason my depression gets in the way and I don’t fully commit to this endeavor I could set myself up for self chastising and ridicule.
The fun thing about my depression is that I can turn even the most benign situation into something ridiculously stress inducing. This is no way to live. Nothing will ever be achieved or accomplished if I constantly live in fear of failing. All the great motivational quotes tell us that in order to grow failure is inevitable. So, I try to create mental safety nets that allow me to move forward, no matter how slowly.
I’ve done it, I’m registered. Anyone else want to join me?