The Art of Writing, Blogging and Juggling Your Day Job
As a working writing who has just ramped up their social platform I have found it quite a process with the additions of twittering and blogging to my already busy schedule of working and writing.
I know the importance of social platform and since I do hoped to be published someday this is now part of my everyday existence as an aspiring writer.
Being an organized person by nature I am curious how other aspiring writers manage their days and still feel like they are moving forward and not continually surfing social space. Connecting with other writers, reading their blogs and articles has really been the biggest value of social networking. With each passing day I learn something or am reintroduced to something about the writing world. Yet, finding time for it all is hard. I’ve read articles that say to get online, check blogs, check Twitter and Facebook, for only 20 minutes in the morning and at night. Really, in reality is that enough time?
Writing and Blogging
Then there is the time devoted to writing and maintaining your blog. Which takes away from story writing among many other things. One problem that I currently have is that in my blog excitement I set up one blog under my name and two different blogs for my stories. Not only do I have to maintain my blog, but these blogs as well which is a time sucker. Originally, I thought that having separate blogs would make it simpler for the reader. They could easily go to the story blog and not be bothered by my personal blog. But, being as I am trying to build my name (which is my brand) I realize that was a mistake as the personal blog offers a connection to the writer of the story. So now I am in the conundrum of what to do about these blogs? Do I cancel the other two blogs? I am already incorporating their posts into my main blog so technically it would not be to big of a deal. Or do I keep maintaining them? I would love to hear from any of you that have found yourself in the same position.
The Balancing Act of Writing and Juggling Your Day Job
Since I ramped up my social media platform in August the organized part in my brain has been dissecting the process of what I have learned with how I can be most productive in my every day as a working writer.
Tips I have come up with:
- Know Your Blog – take the time to understand the tools, sidebars, widgets, scheduling, etc of your blog.
- Spend no longer than 2 hours on a blog post. If I find the words floating out of my mind onto the page keep writing and save it to post in a separate blog later.
- Your name is your brand, not the title of your book. Be sure to use your name when responding to posts.
- Use SocialOomph as a tool to help you maintain and keep you connected to Twitter.
- Definite days to be present on Twitter are #WW – # WriterWednesday and #FF – # FollowFriday.
- Have set week days to check Twitter for longer than 20. On set days greet followers, check out their websites, blogs and make connections. approx. 1 hour-2 at max.
- Have set week days to check blogs for long than 20 min. On set days read your subscriber blogs, research new blogs and articles. approx 1 hour-2 at max.
- On days of limited Twitter interaction mark tweets of interest as a favorites and return to that tweet later.
- Main goal is to always make writing the priority
This is a start. I am sure there will be a few more things added to list as time progresses as I navigate the social networking world.