Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Insecure Writers Support Group

More and more, I'm insecure about the relationship between blogging and writing.

And, I'm having issues balancing the two.

Some weeks, I can really keep up with my blogging schedule, but others, it's much harder!  Last week, I felt like I'd stayed inside a shell.  The only day I posted was Monday, which is pretty bad for me.

Sure, I got tons of editing done, but I also have a responsibility to you guys!

I can definitely take on the task of doing both.  I think I started this blog sometime in August last year, so if I've been doing it this long, I can surely continue.

I guess my problem is that I don't always know what to post about.

I'm a person with little experience in anything, moreover writing.  What could I possibly have to say that would be of use to all of you?

What would you guys like me to post about?  What do you want to hear?

Happy Wednesday!!


Sorry I'm posting so late.  I'm in Wisconsin right now, and we had to drive 8 hours today, so I'm exhausted!!


Kelley Lynn said...

You're in WISCONSIN??? That's where I live! Such a great state, right ;)

I struggle with the same thing Jess. What could i possibly have to offer? When you figure it out, let me know :)

Sally said...

Hi Jess, perhaps you don't need to push yourself quite so hard? You seem to have a very wise and sensible head on young shoulders but you must make and find the time to enjoy your teenage years. It's nice for me to hear a youngster's perspective on certain things. You are doing great, keep up the good work.

sjp said...

Stress less. No one is questioning your determination or commitment, and there will be no angry mob if your schedule is neglected slightly. Post what you want, be selfish ;)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I agree. Stess less. :) I don't keep up a steady schedule with my blog, either. And so far it seems to be fine. :) Post what you like when you like. That's what we like to see.

Rena said...

Blogging Balance eludes me as well.
Some times, it's no big deal to go around commenting and interacting, and sometimes it's shifting the heaven and earth to blog and keep up with friends.

And then there's the writing, why do I let that slip?

All I know, is wiser people than you or I have spent much time figuring out the balance between the social media and the rest of their life. They come up blank too.

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Sally, sjp and others have said most of what I wanted to say, but I'll add this: discipline and structure are fantastic traits to have but don't let them bury you. It's just a blog. You're not obligated to post any more or less than you can, and unless you're making money from this you're free to post about whatever!

If you're too busy or you're drawing a blank, put it off for a few days. Do what you love, whether it's skating, hiking, writing your novel, going to the beach with friends, or blogging. But don't let one hobby obstruct the other!

Angela Brown said...

I delayed starting a blog for nearly two years because I really didn't think I had anything to say. I was, and really still am, a nobody in the scheme of writing things. I have no writing awards, no MFA to brag on and certainly no workshops I could qualify to speak at, but I love reading and I am on a publishing journey. Those two alone have helped in keeping my blog busy for the three days a week that I share my thoughts, an occasional rant and highlight authors. Turned out I had something to say after all.

Think of those things you love when you're unsure what to say. You've got more in mind than you realize.

Cynthia said...

I recommend posting about topics that are relevant to you, what you'd like to hear your readers comment on. Also, have fun with the blogging and stay relaxed with the process. =)

Melissa said...

Find what works for you and let that be okay. I post twice a week - Mondays are my grammar series, and Wednesdays are my regular, random posts including IWSG. I pre-schedule for weeks at a time, too. Right now, I've got them done thru the early part of September. Of course, I can always shuffle one to another day or add a day of blogging if something comes up.

Anyhow, good luck. :)
IWSG #179 (At least until Alex culls the list again. :P)

Reiko said...

I’m the type of person that, once I make a commitment, I’ll get it done – unless I am deathly ill or have some unquestionable excuse for which even I would forgive myself for not getting it done. So, before I decided to start blogging (only once a month – for now), I had to think very hard about who, what, when, where, why, and how. Of all the questions, the answer to “the why” was the most important. If the reason for doing it did not make sense to me, I would not have started it.

You may want to take a break from blogging for a while – or reduce the frequency of posting, at least – so that it gives you time to think about WHY you do what you do. Once the answer to that question becomes crystal clear in your mind, you will come back to it totally refreshed. How do I know this? Because I know you were born to write. Blogging is writing. Blogging is community building. Blogging is sharing.

Remember, life is to be enjoyed. When you have doubts about what you are doing, it simply means you need a break to re-assess the situation – and make necessary improvements – so that you can get back to enjoying what you do. Love, Grandma

Anonymous said...

What a pain, right?
I decided to take the summer off with the thought I'd write more. I wrote less. I dipped back into blogging and the WIP got more attention. I guess inspiration has a natural ebb and flow, but nothing beats hard work.

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