As a person with ADHD, I have trouble with time. I have something called “time blindness” which means that the passage of time for me is… interesting. Basically, I lose track of time all the time. I often need alarms to remind me what hour of the day it is. One result of this relationship with time is that I have difficulty maintaining schedules and habits. Like this blog for instance: if it weren’t for my pact I probably wouldn’t have been keeping up with blogging as much as I have. (As a reminder, I lost that content as part of a migration: see my post about it.)
Harlan Ellison wrote a short story called “Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman about time schedules, and I remember being very moved by the ideas in the story. One conclusion that I came to was the schedules should be tools for people, not the other way around. I agreed to the pact because I want to write more, and there is money involved as an additional incentive. I don’t anticipate the pact becoming to onerous to comply with: I just need to make sure that I pony up the cash if I miss a week!
So, despite the ADHD, I’m going to attempt to follow a schedule of publishing new posts based on the deadline of Wednesday at midnight, according to the rules. I will attempt to have enough material to publish for a whole month or two, so I won’t be rushing to write something last minute like I have been doing.
The Official Schedule
Starting in May, a new post will be published on this blog every Wednesday morning at 9am central time, which will give me a full day to do any small revisions.