Wednesday, June 7, 2017

IWSG: I've Became That Blogger

The IWSG is a community where writers can share their fears and insecurities about the writing life. To learn more, check out their website here.

When I first started blogging four years ago, it used to annoy me when I'd find a new blog to visit, and discover it wasn't active. The last post was from months ago (or longer). What was the point of having a blog if you weren't going to be active on it? I'd smugly go on my way, secure in my postings of two or more a week.

And now...I'm that blogger. I only posted once last month, my ISWG post. But I've found I don't have much to say anymore. There's nothing more I can say about writing that I haven't said already. I'm keeping at it, writing new stories, revising them, querying, and starting the process over again for each new book. 

I still support authors when I can, but my author interviews are few and far between. I find I just don't have the time to go hunting for authors to visit the blog. My time seems less than when it did when I first started blogging. Now, if I'm going to sit up late on the computer, it's going to be for writing, and not formatting a post. 

So my smugness has come back around to bite me in the butt. I now get that blogging comes and goes, and that a neglected blog doesn't mean you're a social media failure. It just means you're busy living life and pursuing other interests-- which is never a bad thing.

Maybe I'll get back around to being a more active blogger. Maybe I won't. Either one is just fine.

27 comments:

  1. I am the same way and I think lots of bloggers are getting to that point. I post for IWSG and usually don't have much else to say the rest of the month. I don't really know if I'll ever be more active again either but I like being able to keep up with the community through the IWSG.

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    1. It's definitely a good blog hop to participate in!

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  2. Funny how that comes back around.
    A lot of bloggers just post for the IWSG. Or maybe another event. That's all right. I've started taking a week off each month myself. Sometimes, real life and writing beckon.

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  3. I've never held myself to any sort of blogging requirements. I started blogging because I couldn't sleep, so I decided to write down all my thoughts in a public forum. :) It kind of stuck on me. I don't hold anything against you for stepping away from the blog. Life just gets busy! I know how it us.

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    1. I'm bad about trying to do that, making requirements for myself. Never works out well. =)

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  4. I know what you mean. That's why I joined the blog hop Celebrate the Small Things. It's on Fridays and I just write a sentence or two about my week. Join Here: http://lexacain.blogspot.com

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  5. I hear you Leandra! I sometimes feel like this kind of blogger too, but I think you are quite right we mustn't stress about it too much, blog when we can, visit when we can blogging friends understand. Hope the writing is going well.

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  6. I've gone through phases where I haven't wanted to blog and just do the bare minimum for a few months. If you don't have time or would rather spend that time writing, it's hard to focus on blogging.

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  7. Finding time to do everything a person wants to do is hard. We can only do so much in a day. My mom always said, "If we don't get it done today, there's always tomorrow. And if tomorrow never comes it doesn't matter." Of course some things must be done at a certain time, but some can wait.

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  8. The internet is overwhelming. And as it changes, so do bloggers. Don't sweat it. You do you, and you'll be fine.

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  9. I feel like I hit that mark years ago, around the time kid 2 came along. But then, as you said, there are waves where I'll blog several times in a month. I'm with you in that most of my free time goes toward manuscript drafting/revising. Le sigh. I often wish the day was about 4 hours longer in the mornings and 3 hours longer in the afternoons, with at least 3 of those hours belonging to just me-time. Not gonna happen, but a girl can dream :)

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    1. Yes, if I added another kidlet to our household the blog would for sure be gathering lots of dust bunnies! And dream on! ;)

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  10. Right there with ya. I always look forward to your posts, but when you're not posting I never think "Why oh WHY is she ignoring us??" Nope. I think we all understand that you are one busy mama and you're out LIVING. Keep that up. That's the important stuff.

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  11. I hear ya, too. I'm lucky to create one or two posts a month. Great that you're still writing though, that's what counts!

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  12. It happens. You'll come back around when you need it!

    Thank you,
    Heather M. Gardner
    Co-Host/Admin IWSG

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  13. This is me. I think it's important to note also, the blogging landscape has changed. People read and visit less, social media is quick and easy. And that's okay too.

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  14. I feel you on this! I used to post so much more, but now it's once a week...and I can barely manage that. Coming up with material seems impossible at times. And if I do have time, I certainly would rather be writing. That's the more important thing, and if you're still doing that, then all is good :)

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  15. I have the same problem :) I'm not a great blogger and I post only when I have somthing to show and with so many social places I think about my blog always at the end :)

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  16. same here!! Don't feel bad. I was a Judgy McJudgerson about inactive bloggers as well. oops! But there's only so much we can blog about before it's repetitive. Writing should come before blogging. <3

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  17. Amen to that! I find my ‘blogging breaks’ are becoming longer these days. Blogging is not an easy thing to take on especially if like me, you are doing it for love not money. I did have a book selling business when I started out but retired from that a couple of years ago, and now I blog to keep in touch with friends and share books I love. But it’s hard, and it takes dedication and time (lots and lots of time).

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