• Writing

    Changing Up the Blogging Plan

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    So while I’m still not ready to announce the big change in life direction that I’m working towards, there are a couple of little things that are going to have visible adjustments. One of those is the basic blogging strategy I’ve been pursuing.

    Up to now, this year I’ve been trying to slowly ramp up with the long-term goal being to be adding something to the blog every day. I’m not sure that’s practical with the changes coming, and I was thinking that before those changes were even possible, before the company I worked for made the decision that my job wouldn’t be necessary going forward.

    I’ve been thinking about adjusting certain things about my writing goals for a while now. I’ve talked before about how there’s an overall plan broken down into a variety of phases, I’ve been looking at adjusting some of those. Blogging keeps coming to the top of that list with the primary question being, is it taking time away from other things I could be accomplishing?

    A blog post takes a little time, and while it doesn’t go through the same four drafts that my fiction does, it does have two: drafting and editing/tweaking. A little bit of time to pick categories and tags, a little more to find an image to go with it if it needs one, the actual posting and posting to Facebook, and oh, does it need to be tweeted? It does add up, probably coming in at a half hour for every 500 words worth of post, which is about my average post in the last couple of months (of course I keep track). Then there are the various static page updates that need to be done on a regular basis.

    The question then becomes, am I spending too much time on blog-related activities? The answer I’ve come up with is a qualified yes. I like being open about some of what I’m up to, and it’s a nice outlet, but is the blog really the right expenditure of energy to further my writing? If so, is it at the level I’ve been working towards? I think here needs to be a different balance.

    I’m also going to try not stressing too hard about how many posts I’m getting up each week, although I’ve got a basic plan. Having a plan means I also need to learn to not worry if I happen to miss a day, but the basic idea is regular posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’ve still got a few Star Trek Sundays planned, so they’ll go ahead, and there will certainly be other special events here and there, but I’m hoping a regular schedule will likely help keep me focused more and may also make sure that there aren’t any large gaps here and there, which have sometimes still happened since COVID.

    This is Monday’s post for this week. I’ll have something fun for Wednesday, and there may be a little something for the official Star Trek Day tomorrow, too.

    In the meantime, stay safe and be well, everyone.

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  • Writing

    25 Days in a Row Blogging

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    Which is pretty cool. I mean, it’s easy to be consistent when you’ve got the “extra” time, but the number of times I’ve posted this many days in a row in the past is very small, and each (both?) of those were for specific projects. Since the pandemic started forcing things closed in Ontario, I’ve been averaging about 4 posts per week. Before that, in 2020, I was averaging 3 posts every two weeks. June has been a huge increase. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve got more to write about or because more of what I want to write about has a better chance of making it to the keyboard.

    Worth noting that in those 25 days, there’s been a total of 26 posts since I actually posted twice on the 18th of June. That was accidental. I’d forgotten about a significant political event happening that day until it started.

    Is it a streak? Should I keep track? Yes and, well, have you met me? I track everything. More importantly, am I going to keep posting every day? I think that’s a qualified yes. I will try to post every day, but it’s not going to be the number one writing priority. While I’m usually working a couple of days in advance so there’s a buffer, that next post is the piece of the day’s writing goals that comes after editing, drafting, and publishing prep (if any). I enjoy it, and I’m going to continue, but the fiction is the main thing right now.

    I guess that’s a roundabout way of saying that the streak will last as long as it lasts.

    Stay safe and be well, everyone.

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  • Announcement,  NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    The November Blog Plan

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    I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year.  It was cool last year, winning with 50,544 new words of fiction on a single project in a single month (and I slacked off the last day since I’d technically won the night before with 50,010 words).  Very cool, even if I was a bit burnt out at the end of it.

    I don’t have time this year.  Not even close.  Too much going on, and too much to catch up on, some real life and some no less real even if it’s pretty much virtual.  There are a couple of things I’ve even been avoiding, but I can’t mentally afford to do that anymore.  I’ve made a lot of efforts to compartmentalize my time on different projects and met with mixed results.  Maybe I need to go back to the To Do list, but that’s not the issue at this particular moment.

    NaNo aside, I do want to step up my writing just a little bit so for November, so I’m going to try to blog every day.  Yup, every day.  All thirty of them.

    Now, I’ve got a bit of an advantage since I’m currently running two serials, Turn the World Around on Tuesdays and Branch Santa on Saturdays, so cutting out those days, I really only need 21 posts.

    I’ll also add that not quite all of those 21 will be here.  I do have a second blog, Walking a Martial Road, which is a place for my musings on martial arts in general and karate specifically, and I’m planning to post there on Wednesdays during November.  I’ve more or less already got topics set for those, so now I’m down to only needing 16 subjects to post here (there are 5 Wednesdays in November this year).  There are plenty of things coming up (Remembrance Day, the release of Halo: Anniversary Edition) and lots of things going on in the world.  I think I can manage that.  It’ll be down to finding the time to write those posts.

    And that’s the challenge for me for November.

    If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, I’ll cheer you on from the sidelines, but I’m busy catching up and blogging.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather