The Balance of Blogging
November 7, 2011 § 3 Comments
For the first month, blogging was awesome and easy. I loved it. I’ve been writing seriously for almost two years now, and compared to writing narratives with cohesive plots and compelling characters, writing a five hundred word blog post about my passions was easy. I snuck blogging into my schedule under the guise of writing, thinking “hey this is practice too right?”
But then I slip into the it’s-just-a-blog-so-I-don’t-have-to-take-it-so-seriously mentality and don’t hold myself to a high standard. As evidence, just count the number of adverbs and exclamation points on the blog (unless you’re an agent, in which case you should
just ignore them). The unfortunate truth is that while blogging can help me build a platform to connect with other writers and readers, it won’t finish my manuscript or query agents.
About two weeks ago, I came to the realization that blogging and social media were taking up way to much of my time and focus. So the pendulum swung the other way, and I did almost no blogging. Instead I spent spent a lot of great time with my wife, made great progress on my manuscript, and generally allowed myself to relax, something I haven’t been doing very much of lately. Moving forward I’m going to try and strike a better balance so I don’t burn out, but can still stay consistent. While I intend to stay focused on reading in general (and young adult, fantasy, and science fiction specifically) I’m going to be a little less rigid and reserve the right to occasionally blog about Obi wan Kenobi (though I promise never to blog about my cat, even if I had one).
I’m going to try to blog a couple times a week, but at the moment my writing and family are priorities and sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Thanks for reading the blog and for your patience. It’s all a work in progress.