So, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth (for those that care 🙂 ) I’ve just hit a wall where I had to ask myself some tough questions.
I work 6 days and 50 hours a week.
I have a beautiful wife and a 4 year old daughter.
I have a novel I am trying to edit.
I have a mountain of books I want to read.
I have a strict sleep/exercise regiment.
I also now have a blog…
The complication I have been faced with more and more recently is the age old one of, “something has to give”
When I sat down to honestly access my priorities, blogging frequency lost out.
I have had to ask myself, “why am I blogging?” The answer to this is the same as it has been since the day I began blogging: to build a readership and engage with people who read in order to have a base to work from should I ever reach the stage of being able to publish my novel.
Along the way I have come across a slew of other benefits from blogging, but it also sucked me into a bit of a vortex.
So what are my priorities then? Well, my work time (from 9 to 6) and my family time (6 to 9 – which includes my part of the house cleaning and lunch prep for myself and my daughter) leaves me with 2 hours of free time each night because I have to be in bed by 11 in order to get 7 hours of sleep so I can get up at 6 and exercise.
So, 2 hours. That’s it. In that 2 hours I have to accomplish three major things:
Now, granted I can kill two birds with one stone and use other blogs as my ‘reading’ time, but all of you book lovers out there know how important books are to a creative mind. They are the fuel that makes the fire burn, and without them it’s harder for my creative gears to keep turning.
Over the last few weeks I have read next to nothing from my bookshelf and done nearly zero editing. So my novel sits, rotting away, and my books are gathering dust. This has lead me to the sad realisation that I’ve let this blog drown out my real priorities.
All of this is to say that, while I will still be on here and publishing, my furious pace will be drawn back quite a bit.
I need to spend 45 minutes to an hour editing each day.
That will give me 30 minutes for the blog and 30 minutes to read. I will probably drag out my posts over a few days to get my whole thoughts together, and that’s going to mean posting less. I will also have to split my ‘blog’ time evenly between writing and reading, so… prepare for snail pace…
That being said, the staple pieces will still appear as on schedule as possible.
A Story from 10 Words will still be published every Sunday. That’s my day off, so I can manage that time as I want.
Fiction Friday will still be running, but I am cutting back to one series for now: Downfall will be the only continuing series. When it finishes, I will move forward with Othersiders from where it has stopped.
My opinion pieces will still come out, albeit more sporadically. Those will have to be developed little by little over the week and then dropped when I can.
All this being said, I want to thank each and everyone of the people who faithfully read this blog – you are the reason I made it in the first place. All of your love and support over the past two months is the reason I became so attached to this blog and wanted to post something new everyday!
I hope I can get time to read all the amazing stuff you are all putting out everyday, but if some of it gets passed me now, it’s not from a lack of love and respect.
Thank you all again for your support and understanding, and here’s hoping I can get that right balance in my everyday to keep the content coming.