My advice boiled down to prioritizing the various elements in our lives. We’ve only got 24 hours in a day—we can’t change that. So how do we juggle work, family, friends, hobbies, household chores, school, and everything else? We have to realize we can’t do everything all the time. So we have to prioritize.
But as I wrote my email response, I knew the advice applied as much to me as the friend.
You see, I’m trying to make a better schedule for myself. And that means ranking the various parts of my life and focusing as much as possible on the important people and things. Family time is most important. Sleep and work also a given. Although I work part-time and I’ve had a lighter stretch for a couple of months, things will get busier later this month or early next. The hours will increase.
Next on the list is writing. I have two novels beyond the first draft stage. I have sequels for both of them that are lagging. Something has taken a lot of time away from them. What is it? I’m sure you’ve already guessed. You’re reading it.
The Blog. It’s a wonderful thing. I get to interact with wonderful people like you. But I’ve pressured myself to do more than I originally intended because I want to provide interesting and fun content. If my books are ever published in a traditional format, I want my agent to say “Hey, great blog!” But it has seriously cut into my writing/editing time.
Reading other blogs also takes time. And I like to comment as often as I can on a core group that I follow. (You know who you are 🙂 ) But I’ve got to admit that I can’t do it consistently for all the blogs I follow. I shouldn’t let that get to me. I know lots of my followers don’t leave comments or likes very often—probably because they’re busy with their lives, too. They’ve probably done a better job of prioritizing than I have.
So as I revise my priorities and schedule, some things have to change. And one of those changes will be dropping down to two posts per week, starting today. My recent posting schedule change in February was only a change of days, not frequency. My posting days will be Saturday and Tuesday. I’m dropping Thursday.
This was not an easy decision to make. I’m as addicted to my stats as anyone else. I love to see those views go up each day—I passed 4,000 views last weekend. And it only got more addicting when WordPress added the world map showing where the views are coming from. The US, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Latvia, Serbia, and so many other places…. Awesome! All of my known ancestral countries/areas are represented except one—Ireland. People in Serbia, Greece, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands have all visited.
But the novels have to take higher priority, and the blog posts have to drop down to a more sustainable level for me. So Saturday posts will continue to be more content-oriented, such as those I’ve done on writer’s block, the role of minor characters, and preparing for luck. Tuesday posts will be more creative—Poetic Archaeology will return, there might be more short stories, and I’m still working on a list of fun and interesting archaeology sites—things like that.
I hope you’ll all stick with me. Honestly, I think fewer weekly posts will help me keep the content quality higher. I know my site views will decrease, at least in the short-term. I’m sure I’ll have withdrawal symptoms. Maybe new people will continue to find me and start following the blog. I hope so. But what I hope first and foremost is to publish good, enjoyable novels. And I have to finish them first.
Now where’s that schedule I’m trying to create….