blog fatigue: (blawg fuh-teeg) noun
- the condition of being overwhelmed by one’s blog and/or the number of blogs to read, often characterized by an avoidance of blogging related activities and a loss of the pleasure previously associated with those activities
Last week, we discussed whether or not an epidemic blog fatigue was on the horizon. The consensus seemed to be that the risk of blog fatigue has indeed sky-rocketed but it doesn’t have to take any of us down.
Blogging and social media gives writers the opportunity to connect with a vast number of other writers, to see we are not alone wherever we are on the writer’s journey and that encouraging and supporting others builds us up too, and to reach readers who will (hopefully) fall in love with our work. But it can also add to an already miles-long daily todo list. Sometimes the blogging, commenting, replying, following and social media reciprocation can become ends in themselves…which can lead to us shunting aside our writing goals in favor of social media activity and/or a severe case of blog fatigue.
We have to remember why we blog: to grow as a writer and to build our author platforms. We have to balance the demands of blogging with the needs of our writing, remembering that, without excellent stories/books, we’ll have little to share with readers.
Are you worried about blog fatigue? Fear not, blog fatigue is both preventable and curable. Here are some resources (a big thank you to Juliana Haygert for kindly suggesting many of the following links):
- Kristen Lamb, the queen of social media, guides us through the jungle of blogging and platform building (and shows us how to balance our social media use with our writing).
- Roni Loren addresses the question of whether blogging is, in fact, dead, rants a bit about blogging, and offers solutions for those who hate to blog.
- Anne R. Allen discusses the dueling agent advice on blogging and what blogging has done for her.
- Have you heard that uber-blogging is the key to even having a chance at being a published author? Jami Gold tells us why that’s not true and what it does take to sell books.
Remember, friends don’t let friends get blog fatigue.
Got any thoughts on the whole blog fatigue issue? Any great links to share?
And now for news on the ROW8O front…
Last week was pretty successful. Still a few misses but I think they’re showing me where I need to adjust my goals. Here’s where I’m at:
- Work on MIP tasks 5 days/week: Did 4 days.
- Write Morning Pages 5 days/week: Met this one.
- Exercise for a minimum 5-10 minutes at a time, 5 days/week: Worked out 4 days for an average of 10 minutes each time. Not the full 5 days I planned on but still up from 3 days the week before.
- Update ROW8O page for the new round: *ahem* I’m a bit embarrassed about this one because I still haven’t updated the page. *blush*
- Have each blogging day’s posts ready 2 days in advance: Have been mostly able to get the posts ready 1 day in advance.
- Finish 45 Master Characters and/or How I Write: Finished How I Write.
- Restart George R.R. Martin’s Clash of Kings: Restarted and finished.
- Visit Twitter 2-3x daily: Mostly visiting Twitter 1-2x daily.
- Visit Facebook at least 6x/week: Having a very easy time meeting this one.
Where I’m headed for this week:
- Work on MIP tasks 4 days/week: This seems to be what fits my schedule the best so I’m going to go with it.
- Exercise for a minimum 5-10 minutes at a time, 5 days/week.
- Update ROW8O page for the new round: This is at the top of my list!
- Have each blogging day’s posts ready at least 1 day in advance: I’d rather have the post ready and schedule much earlier but even one day early takes the pressure off.
- Finish 45 Master Characters.
- Read at least 1/3 of the way through George R.R. Martin’s Clash of Kings.
- Visit Twitter 1-2x daily: This just works better with my schedule.
- Start 1 piece of short fiction.
- Write 2 new scenes for MIP.
Find other ROW8O folk to cheer on here.
How was your last week? What’s the plan for this week?
I’ve planned a new blogging schedule. Tuesdays are now Parallel Tuesdays, the home of all things science-fiction/fantasy, and the Tuesday Toss-Up, for when there’s something random or other than sci fi/fantasy to share. Thursdays are now Killer Thursday, for all your horror, suspense, and thriller needs. I’ll also be checking in for ROW8O every Wednesday.
Stay tuned for more zombie-type fun coming up on Killer Thursday!