As many of you know, I tried my hand at poetry writing a bit ago. I’m always telling people how much I love Blogging University, and I was taking full advantage of the coursework by taking part in the Poetry class.
So here’s the confession: I only did seven out of the ten lessons. And it really bothered me that I didn’t finish.
And here’s the catch: One of the benefits of Blogging University that I always rave about is the fact that you can do the free course at your own pace. It’s totally okay to skip lessons or fall behind.
But I didn’t listen to myself, and it ate at me. My pre-holiday life was filled with personal and professional deadlines, my energy level was fighting a sugar-induced dip, and my brain was starting to spin towards next year’s goals. I had the lessons on my to-do list, but kept pushing them off until the lateness was getting pretty embarrassing. Headaches ensued, and I considered staying up hours later to catch up. Not an optimal choice.
Then it hit me. I had the freedom to let go. That’s what Blogging University is all about. I can always take the class over, or write those prompts another time. It will still be free so no $ lost. Only wisdom gained.
The fact that I was three lessons behind did not take away from the reality that:
- I actually wrote poetry for the first time in forever.
- I learned about different poetry styles.
- I met some seriously talented writers in my class who are now my role models.
- I received critiques that made my writing stronger.
- I was greatly encouraged by the community.
- And now I have some incredible poetry to read when I relax with coffee and my WordPress Reader.
What an incredible take-away! Yeah, I only hit 70% of the assignments, but I benefitted 100%.
Thanks for the free courses, Blogging University!
See you on the Commons if you are in Blogging 101 in January 🙂