Friday, August 8, 2014
The rules of engagement
As we're on the cusp of August Moon, I thought it would be a good idea to remind us all of something. Namely: The Rules. Such as they are.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
If you have participated in Reverb or April Moon here with me, you’ll already know the drill.
This, my friends, it soul work. Even if you don’t intend it to be.
There will be surprises.
Whatever happens, please do not let this become another thing on your To Do list.
If you manage to blog and tweet and share and comment every single day, that’s seriously fantastic. If you dip in and out when you have time, that’s also totally cool.
If you start out with the best of intentions then let it lapse, that’s absolutely fine. If you do the whole lot three, five, seven months later, that’s infinitely rockin’.
If all you do is read the prompts and let them marinate in the back of your mind, that’s bloody brilliant.
Trust me: there is space for you all here.
And the magic will still work.
I also want to offer a word of encouragement to all new participants. It can be a scary thing to put your "stuff" out there. Especially if it is raw and unformed and you fear that it doesn't "measure up" to other people's writing or photography or artwork.
What I really want to say to you is do it anyway.
This is your soul stuff and no one can do it like you can. There's no competition or comparison required.
There's a zero tolerance policy on trolling but I can honestly say, in the name of everything holy, that I have never had to enforce it. Every time I have hosted a blogging challenge, the total opposite has happened: the comments you have left for each other have been nothing but kind, supportive, celebratory.
The community that has forged in this space is authentic and safe and nothing short of beautiful.
And whatever you have to share and however you are able to share it: it's all a marvellous thing.