A friend of mine, we’ll call him Payne, hadn’t updated his blog in seven months. Since Payne and I talk about writing a lot, I issued a challenge, it went something like this:
Me: Hey! Your writing goal for this week is to write one blog post. I don’t care if you post a picture of a toe with a one word caption (toe). Your blog needs content.
Payne: The pressure!
Me: You need it.
Payne: I’ve moved on.
Me: What do I need to do, slap you in the face with a white glove?
Payne: We’ll see.
And a few and sundry other comments, with no clear indication of whether Payne was going to post or not.
One day later…
Payne: Over 200 pageviews today. Thanks for the kick in the ass.