Blog posting. Gosh – Usually I sort out what I want to say the afternoon before and have the basics written out, but occasionally I’ll put together something I’m very happy with on the day itself with only minutes to spare – It happens, I think of something and I write it and it’s done – only, of course, it’s not always so precise.
I’m in busy-mode at the moment with book 3, so my mind is there all the time. I carry a notepad (a large one) and pen with me at all times and keep it by the bedside overnight.
That basically means I’m not thinking about blogging. I realize, however, that although I posted notification that things might be light in here for a time, not everyone who comes along will realize it, so it is possible that a reminder is warranted every now and then, or – better still – that a good post gets posted!
Hmmm… not sure that this one counts for that (no, I’ve changed my mind – I know it doesn’t count for that), but at least it isn’t a non-post.
I will endeavor to keep up with at least a few interesting things and try to plan ahead. I don’t want to spend my time giving you updates, which, frankly, are boring. There are only so many ways to say the book is coming along. Those who haven’t read the earlier ones aren’t interested (why should they be?) and those who have read the earlier ones won’t know what I’m excited about until they read this one – and by then won’t remember that I was going on about it, or why such a thing should matter.
I could go on, but I’m getting into waffle-zone now, so I may as well keep this short.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
On days I am not posting an official post, I post quotes. Usually what famous writers have said. I have several saved as drafts and when I feel a dry spell coming I schedule them to post automatically.
I also work on a “good” blog post usually inspired by something I’m thinking about concerning writing or struggles I’m going through. I work on it a little bit when I can, save the draft, and then schedule it to be posted the next day.
I have a weekly update every Monday that I draft save and edit as needed through the week. It is scheduled as well. I type up a Monthly goal post at the beginning of the month, also scheduled.
There’s also re-blogging or posting an interesting link. Also, just a snippet of something.
Posting ever day gets old. It isn’t needed and I find I babble more than usual. Schedule a few “I’m still here posts” and put it on auto pilot. It is working for me. Hope that give you a few ideas.
It does, indeed. 😀 Yes, I often have a few ideas rattling around and sometime get ahead and organize something a day or two before. Other than that, inspiration comes from ideas that pop up while chatting or looking around Blogsville. It’s all good.
Sounds like a plan!
It does, doesn’t it. I like a good plan. 😀
I need to figure out a way to craft a schedule of some sort, because while the muse does seize me on occasion, it’s gotten all tied up among the blog, editing Darkness Concealed, and writing whatever Normalization story (presently Nikolay), with the blog “losing” that three-way struggle.
Right now I’m leaning toward using comments I post on other blogs as seeds for fully fleshed-out posts on my blog, with copious backlinking. Something about reading other people’s stuff gets my mind going, and if I can comment on it I can expand it with a little more thought. We shall see if that works…
I’m totally with you there. I have found on occasion that, while answering someone or commenting somewhere, I’ll realize that what I’m saying would make a good post if I expanded it.
I also agree about how blogging can tangle up with (and get in the way of) writing. Sometimes the blog has to wait. One of the things I like about posting daily is that it keeps me to a write-every-day routine, and if I can hammer together something for a post, I can certainly hammer out a solution to whatever it is I am dealing with in the manuscript.
You sound pretty busy. I hope it all goes brilliantly for you. 😀
Part of my worry is that my blog traffic is exceptionally low, and it only increases substantially when I post regularly. Days I don’t post, I’m not getting outside discovery. I don’t know if I should actually worry about this, or if I’m blowing things out of proportion.
I found the same thing and it’s one of the reasons I post daily. I also found that when I venture forth and getting chatting with people outside my own blog, more people are willing to pop across and have a look at mine. I do stick with only what I truly like and I do like to interact rather than just press the like button, but it is true than when I miss doing the rounds, things quieten down.
I think it’s the same for most people. No one’s being neglectful, they’re just busy keeping up with their own stuff and are looking to those who are immediately there to interact with. Traffic takes time to build up. I know of some people who put in a huge amount of time just “networking” and building contacts. Writers are limited because they have serious projects to work on and writing takes a lot of time and dedication. It’s just not going to get done if our minds are on blogging all the time.
If you can’t post every day, try spending a set amount of time visiting other blogs and having a chat. Just ten minutes would see you out there and letting others know you are alive and interested – and interesting – so something like that might be worth a go. Or a mixture of the two. Post when you can and visit when you can’t post.
Personally, I think you’ll do fine because you’re not afraid to get in there and talk with people. When you talk to people, it’s genuine, and that’s valuable in anybody’s language.
Cheers, mate. 😀