Today I needed to sit back and come to the realization that being an author is a full time job.
When I already have a full time job, and a part time job that becomes a full time job in November and December, I need to take a deep breath and realize that something’s gotta give.
If there are 168 hours in a week and I have three jobs that take 40 hours a week, plus I need to sleep eight hours a day… well, if you do the math, we come up short.
That is why I haven’t been blogging all that much, and while I love popping in and chatting here, I need to be realistic.
Now that I am a published author I have things like editorial deadlines, appearances, and marketing all on top of my daily 500-1000 words a day writing goal. (Plus, of course, the full time job and part time job that pay the bills)
That is an awful lot to keep up on.
When ASHES IN THE SKY was pushed back 6 months, I realized that I wasn’t writing for myself anymore. There are people out there in the world waiting to read my next book, and when it doesn’t make the original pub date, there are a lot more people than just me disappointed. So-even though the ASHES delay was out of my control, I need to make sure I make every deadline to keep my books moving on schedule.
So, as you might have guessed, blogging is one of the things that’s gotta give. But I won’t be abandoning this site. I still love it here. I just can’t commit to a schedule. While I love a challenge, adding another thing on to what I “have to do” would just be insanity.
I will be popping in to provide words of wisdom, or to laugh at my idiocy. Because hey, the therapeutic value of coming here and hanging out totally has its value too. I will try to pop in at least once a week, but if I don’t make it, blame the aliens.
Back to the trenches I go.
Now that ASHES IN THE SKY is complete, I’m working with my editor on book three of Fire in the Woods. (Yes, already. Can you believe it?)
Plus I am plugging away a scene at a time trying to finish book one in my new series.
Yes, writing is a full time job. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
What makes you comment in reply to an article on a Blog?
I’ve been wondering about this a lot. What makes you stop and comment on a blog article your read? There are some people who comment all the time.
My top commenters are pretty much the same people. Three of them switch back and forth duking it out for the “Top Commenter” honors on a daily basis.
Then a new name pops up, and they hang out for a while. Some disappear. Are they still reading? I don’t know.
I don’t know why there is a Shakespeare guy next to this post, either.
I think maybe some people comment for the social-networking aspect, and some people are just looking for information.
Stop, read, and go. I guess that’s okay too.
Does anyone else mull over this? I guess I’m weird, but when I visit another blog, I usually like the person to know that I’ve been there.
It’s kind of like poking them with a sword, or leaving a message on someone’s desk.
“Hi! I stopped by, and wanted to let you know I was here. Catch ya later”.
According to my stats, I average 150 people visiting this blog every day. (Crazy, isn’t it?) I run an average of six to twelve comments per post, give or take a few here and there. (Yes, a few have gone as high as 50 comments, but that’s not the norm)
That means 90% of people read, but don’t comment. I’ve seen some people create Gravitar accounts just to comment. That’s cool. You don’t need to be a blogger to join in the fun.
So… If you are a commenter, what makes you comment?
If you don’t comment, are you just shy?
Now, I am completely aware that the people who don’t comment probably still won’t. But if a few of you do, it would be great! If you are shy, and think “I don’t have anything to say” just type “Hi, I was here.”
Consider it your first step into the madness of Social Networking.
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