NOTE: I don't post to this blog super-duper often anymore, because I'm busy writing, well, books. (Read more about that here.) For more up-to-date, day-to-day ramblings, visit my Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blog Overhaul



Last year I blogged 104 times. That's about every four days, though not on a strictly consistent basis. Still, not bad.

But here's what happens: I work, too. I research books, write books, rewrite books, go over copyedits and galleys, schedule appearances, put together presentations for schools and lit festivals and author events. I also do freelance editing for book publishers if I have some extra time. So the pressure of blogging all those books I read, or keeping up a blog series, or what have you, gets to be a distraction.

I'm not kvetching about the job. I have a good job, and I love it. But it's always hard to see where blogging should fit in, especially considering that very few people (let's be honest) seek this blog out and read it.

In 2015, I'm taking it easy. I'm not promising to blog every book I read. Instead, I'm going to try to do this:
  • report on what's going on with me--news, events
  • post the occasional list of writerly links
  • call your attention to fabulous works of children's lit
  • host the occasional giveaway
  • keep you updated on all the fun to come re. the release of The Wand & the Sea
Hey, I know I'm not Neil Gaiman, who can get away with this kind of blogging and expect people to actually read it. But maybe this method is better suited to the life of a writer. I'd rather spend my time creating wonderful books.

And, I imagine, you'd rather spend your time reading them, instead of this.


image: "Hallwylska museet-3" by Pelle Sten--Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

2 comments:

  1. I don't do nearly as much as you do and still have trouble keeping up with blogging. I didn't post last Sunday because I had such a busy week and, frankly, I was tired. Do what's right for you and people who enjoy your posts, as I do, will show up and read. Happy New Year to you.

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    1. Thanks, Rosi. I've read lots of conflicting advice on whether writers should even bother to blog, but I stick to it only because I think it's helpful to have a platform where readers can find the latest updates. And because every once in awhile, I want to say something!

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