Sometimes I get weirded out on how much of an all-or-nothing kind of dude I am. It’s like I only have two ways of being: on or off. There’s nothing in between, you know? No nuance.
Take this blog, for instance. When I started into it I figured I could post once a day. Good idea, right? More posts means more opportunities for the hungry bloggy masses to read my stuff, which is a doubleplusgood idea since I’m trying to be a writer. I kept up the pace too, hitting this bloggity blog with new stuff about…well, stuff. Then I got the idea for the quote-of-the-day thingy and started doing that too. If there was a blogging equivalent to light speed then I would have become pure energy (along with everything else in the universe).
Blogging a lot is great, you know? It is a wonderful way to get my words into the world so I can connect with all of you! But the thing is, at some point the blogging began to steal time from my main endeavor: writing a fricken book. I want to be a novelist, not a blogger. So I decided I was going to reign in this crazy blog machine. Slooooow it down a bit, you feel me? Instead of posting every day I would try to post, say, three times a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays would be good. Then I could have more time to do the fiction thing and not feel so constrained by needing to blog every day.
Well wouldn’t you know, I made the plan last week and I’ve already screwed it up. I didn’t post on Monday, and I almost didn’t post today either. What’s more, I haven’t gotten a scrap more writing done than I was before. I’m pretty sure that I’ve found a new addiction in Skyrim for PS3 (and by “addiction” I mean I played it for at least twelve hours this weekend), but that’s not real conducive to the whole being a novelist thing. I swear, when I’m not drowning in responsibilities–otherwise known as “having too much free time”–I don’t get anything done! Maybe my brain is wired for go or no-go? I don’t know. But whatever it is, it’s driving me B-A-N-A-N-A-S like a Gwen Stefani song.
So my question to you, Dear Reader, is how have you found balance with your writing? Are you like me in that there doesn’t seem to be an in-between setting? Or are you the sort who can sort of do a bunch of stuff and totally kick ass at all of them?
Also, I know I haven’t done this in a while but I wanted to to thank my new followers. I totally appreciate when people follow my blog so I feel like a jerkwad for not thanking you guys sooner. There’s Evan and his Better Man Project, Helen with some sweet cosplay flicks, Gina and her pictures of of grilled cheese sandwiches (and YA fiction), and the Mafia Hairdresser whose profile literally states, “Read my books or I’ll cut you.” Sound like he wants to make you a coiffure you can’t refuse. Am I right?
Have a good day, my peeps!