This wasn’t the post I was hoping to share with you today.
Some of you might recall from this post 2 weeks ago that I’ve had to cut back on my blogging recently. This has been on all fronts: visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs, replying to comments here, and (most importantly) writing my own posts. Typically I had time to prepare posts about 1 or 2 weeks in advance of their intended date. This explains why I’ve still been able to post new articles despite not having much blog-writing time. But today, the trickle-down effect has finally won out.
So, the new Chronicling The Craft I’d been planning to post today to celebrate 10,000 words on The Novella? It’s not done. And a return to the Character Evolution Files with File No. 15? That won’t happen soon, either. In fact, apart from my commitments to DIY MFA and Writers Helping Writers, I don’t know when I’ll be able to return to a “routine” blogging schedule.
But I’m not quitting this site. Nor am I going on a hiatus. So, let me briefly explain why this change came about and how life at this site will change in response.
Why I Need to Change My Blogging Schedule Again
In short, life offline has made my current blogging habits unsustainable (again). My day-job workload unexpectedly increased in January, and it will remain hectic for the foreseeable future. In response, I’ve had to consider my priorities (creative writing, self-care, social / home life, blogging, etc.) and figure out a new way of managing my time.
Unfortunately, the only way I can maintain my previous blogging habits and schedule is by compromising my novel-writing time or quitting DIY MFA or Writers Helping Writers. Neither step is one I’m willing to take. I may be a writer and a blogger, but if I had to weigh one’s importance over the other, my role as a writer comes first.
So… yeah. But like I said, I don’t want to give up this site entirely. Of course, the question I’ve had to ponder was, “What do I do now?”
I’ve always believed in “quality over quantity,” but with life as it is now, writing a blog post at the length or quality I’m used to could take weeks. And while I could always go to a more sporadic schedule or take an indefinite hiatus, how many readers would come back when something does post? You guys are important to me. Your comments, feedback, encouragement, idea-sharing, collective geeking out – it all matters to me, and I don’t want to lose that.
The New Blogging Schedule, Starting This Week
So, how do I move forward with the blog now? Here are my thoughts:
DIY MFA and Writers Helping Writers: My top blogging priorities going forward. On Tuesdays when I have new articles at either site, I’ll share the links here like I have been. These are commitments I can keep, since my DIY MFA column runs every 5 weeks and my Writers Helping Writers posts are once every 3 months.
Weekly Writer Wisdom: On other Tuesdays, I’ll share a quote image about writing, reading, or creativity, as well as questions to prompt discussions about our writing, favorite stories, and finding or maintaining inspiration. I’ll also share the images on Facebook and Twitter at 11:00 am Eastern on those Tuesdays with the hashtag #WeeklyWriterWisdom. Readers can then comment here at the blog or on social media and/on sharing the images on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Thursday Thoughtfulness: Starting this Thursday, I’ll share a quote image about other topics I’ve covered at the blog, such as compassion, courage, self-confidence, finding one’s purpose, etc. Like with Weekly Writer Wisdom, readers can join in by answering questions related to the quote and sharing the images on social media. These images will post on Facebook and Twitter at 11:00 am Eastern on Thursdays with the hashtag #ThursdayThoughtfulness.
Monthly Writing & Reading Update: As time allows (hopefully on a monthly basis), I’ll share a brief update on my writing projects and books I’ve recently read. Consider this a combination of the Chronicling The Craft progress reports and my seasonal reading posts (without the giveaways, though). When they do post, they’ll be in place of a Weekly Writer Wisdom or Thursday Thoughtfulness.
What’s Making Me Happy This Month: Not only did I enjoy linking up with Leanne Sowul for this series this past December, but I’d like to continue it on a monthly basis so we can discuss other things besides reading and writing. But like with the Monthly Writing & Reading Updates, this will be on an “as-time-allows” basis and in place of a Weekly Writer Wisdom or Thursday Thoughtfulness.
Other Articles: Also on an “as-time-allows” basis. These are my lowest priority, though, so I can’t make any guarantees of when you’ll see them. I might end up using some of these ideas for Writers Helping Writers or DIY MFA, too.
Sadly, these changes mean that series such as Chronicling The Craft and the Character Evolution Files will be ending. Believe me, it hurts to make these changes, and I know readers will miss both series. But with offline life the way it is now, I have to find a new way of blogging on a consistent basis; and this lighter, more “personal” plan seems to be the best path forward.
Because, Like I Said Earlier, You Guys Mean the World to Me
I’m sure this news will disappoint a number of readers. But I hope it doesn’t deter anyone from coming back, and that we can continue communicating, sharing, and learning from one another, just in a different way than we had before. I also hope that my blogging friends don’t feel as though I’ve been avoiding their sites lately. I’m still visiting and commenting, but I can’t do so as often as I had before.
Most of all, and as always, thank you for your continued friendship, encouragement, and support during this time. You all inspire me to be the best writer I can be, and I hope I’ve been able to do the same for you. ❤