blogging smart – #WhatImWriting

friendly pencils quoteIiiiiiiiiiit’s Tuesday! Which means it’s time for What I’m Writing! Chrissie is hosting this week so if you’re looking to link up, please head over to Muddled Manuscript.

Well – just as I promised – a whole week has gone by since my last post. But although I’d love to report a wonderful week of writing where I achieved masses, sadly it was a bit of a damp squib. Life interfered. There was too much going on, half term started and just to top it off I was laid low by a vomiting bug. Bleurgh.

But. BUT!

Actually, a week off blogging did me a world of good. As I was struggling to juggle everything else, it was definitely a relief that at least I wasn’t trying to squeeze in blog posts too. It meant that, while I didn’t get all the agent research done that I wanted, I did at least have time to glance in that direction (I’ll say more in a future blog post…)

I also managed to get to the end of my second picture book. It’s currently on the seventh draft (and there are more drafts to come, I’m sure) and I feel I’ve got to the point of wanting to refine it rather than overhaul it. At least that’s how I feel now… give me a few weeks and fresh eyes and I could decide it needs pulling to shreds.

This week has still left me pondering the time I put into blogging though. A week between posts definitely had huge plus points. In a way, now I’ve tried it out, it’s tempting to continue… but no. I can’t – blogging is such a good kick up the bum for me, creatively speaking. And I’d miss all the linkys. But I do think I need to cut myself some slack more often. Maybe I’ll have more weeks where I don’t post. As the quote above suggests: it’s not all about quantity. ‘Blogging smart’ for me I think is going to mean being more flexible and not holding myself to a timetable. I need to be more clear about my priorities in any given week.

So, having said that, this week I’m up for a bit more blogging. I’ve already written a halloween limerick and I might just have a ghost story up my sleeve. WooOOoooOOoOOOooo. (Was that a convincing ghost noise?)

How often do you blog? Do you stick to a strict schedule? Do you put pressure on yourself to post on certain days or to always do certain linkys? I’d love to know.

 

18 thoughts on “blogging smart – #WhatImWriting

  1. Mummy Tries

    I am soooooo with you on this my lovely! There is so much I want to blog about but just do not have the time to do it all. I definitely try and live by the rule quality over quantity when it comes to blogging… not sure I always achieve it but that’s the aim ;-) I had to miss out on The Prompt, PoCoLo and WotW last week because I was at work in the office, with no internet on my phone and I knew I wouldn’t be able to properly join in. I did miss it though!

    Congrats on getting to the 7th draft of your book, can’t wait to hear more about it xxx #whatimwriting

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Reneé. It feels odd to miss out on familiar linkys doesn’t it, but we can’t do everything! Thanks for linking up xxx

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  2. Nicola Young

    It is good to have a break. I had a blogging crisis during the summer, when I was busy and also becoming a bit stats obsessed. I try to do two a week, maximum of three and it is enough for me.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Ah stats! There’s something very addictive about watching them climb, and disheartening about watching them plummet! Two or three posts a week sounds sensible. Thanks for commenting and linking to #WhatImWriting

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  3. Iona@redpeffer

    I find that cutting some slack can be a very useful tool! I think a lot of it is about what you want to get out of blogging etc, and where your priorities lie. For me that can be quite a fluid thing. I try to only write when I have something I want to say and find that if I write a lot in one period, I can then schedule the posts for other weeks to give myself a break but without it appearing like a break on the blog itself. it’s about finding what works best for you in the end xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      I think fluid is a good way to describe how I’m going to have to be. I do have different needs/wants/inspiration every week so trying to stick to a schedule doesn’t work very well. Glad you’ve found a way of making it work for you. Thanks for commenting and linking up Iona xx

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  4. Sophie Lovett

    I seem to go in waves with my blogging… At the moment I think I’m doing too much, and I still find myself feeling guilty for not joining in with all the fab linkies out there! I can’t help but comparing myself to others, even when I know their focus and priorities are completely different to mine… So well done for sticking to your guns this week even if you didn’t achieve quite as much as you’d hoped. I might try to take a leaf out of your book and cut myself some slack… Xx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Oh I compare myself to others too but it’s self defeating isn’t it? Like you say, we all have different priorities! You should definitely cut yourself some slack. Thanks Sophie. xxx

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  5. Chrissie Metcalf (Kristina)

    More blogging plx. And a limericks with the best illustration in the world.
    Not blogging does free up time, but what do you do with all the thoughts? I’m glad you had time to work on the book. It’s definitely coming along well.
    Because I’m constantly making notes or collecting bits of information I have to stick to a schedule or I would be posting three times a day then nothing for weeks.
    Don’t know what I’m going to do next month. I’ve already written a lot of the posts (cheating, I knowbut I’m going to be writing a novel or something). Some of them will have to fall by the wayside. X

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Oh I can’t wait to post my platypus limerick. I’m pretty sure we’ll immediately get a book deal out of it – who could resist your illustration?!! And I had wondered how blogging would fit with nano – glad you’re not disappearing entirely! I don’t think it’s cheating to plan in advance! Good luck for saturday and thanks for being fab host of #WhatImWriting

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      1. Chrissie Metcalf (Kristina)

        Thank you for thanking me, which I spectacularly failed to do in any of my comments because fail.

        Can’t wait to see what you’ve got for Friday. X

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  6. Emily Organ

    In my incessant mummy blogging days I used to blog every other day. Some weeks it would be almost every day. And I would have a month’s break here and there just to slow the world down a bit. Then it was nice to stop and not blog at all and now I write two or three posts a week. I think if you have a blog, you have to write at least one post a week. Otherwise you completely lose your mojo and start neglecting it. Linkys have really helped me give my blog writing some focus. But it’s all about balance, because obviously you don’t want blog writing to push out other things you need to do. I’m looking forward to reading the Halloween limerick and ghost story!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Yikes, blogging everyday must have been exhausting! I can usually manage two or three a week but it’s writing the stories or poems that my posts often contain that takes the most time. still, on balance it’s a good thing to do I think! Thanks for linking up and commenting Emily. xx

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  7. Morgan Prince

    This week I’ve been trying to come up with a routine I can stick to. But being a stay-at-home mum there’s always something that pops up and before you know it the new routine has gone out the window. I think the best we can do is try, but like you said give ourselves some slack. There is no strict schedule when it comes to parenting so it’s impossible to schedule time for other things. Looking forward to reading your limerick and story! :)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Yes, things do have a tendency to pop up don’t they! That’s life I guess! Hop eyou find a routine that works for you. Thanks for commenting and linking to #WhatImwriting Morgan xx

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  8. Rachael

    I try to write one post a week – I have two blogs so that’s actually two! My focus is on other things at the moment but I’m aware that having my blog up to date also helps me gets more freelance gigs…. However when I have a lot of work on if I don’t have blogs already scheduled then I do prioritise the work and sometimes the blogs get neglected. I try not to neglect both at the same time though so that I always have some recent posts up somewhere! I don’t regularly link up to any linkys but there are a couple that I will go to for inspiration if I want to write a post and (feel like I) have nothing to say. One of these days I’ll link up to yours instead of just commenting! x

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  9. Maddy Post author

    I don’t know how you manage to have more than one blog – I’m impressed! any time you want to link up with #WhatImWriting, we’d love to have you! Looking forward to it. Thanks for commenting Rachael xx

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  10. Carol Cameleon

    And what a spooktacular limerick it was too Maddy ;) As you know, I’ve also been hit by a lurgy which has forced me to back down from blogging so much. It IS a relief to have that decision made for you (albeit by a lurgified bug!) and does take the pressure off. At the moment I’m finding that I’m sticking so rigorously to my blogging diary and am keeping quite of a bit of it in my head. It seems to be working better for me this week. With the pressure off, the ideas seem to be flowing and I’m tip tapping away on my keyboard :) #WhatImWriting

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