Friday, January 7, 2011
When to Say When
I love blogging. Love it.
I love freelancing. Love it.
I love reviewing books. Love it.
I love laundry. Wait a minute. I hate laundry. But I still have to do it.
Here's my point. More than any of those things, especially the last one, I love writing fiction. In fact, fiction is my passion...the thing I believe I was created to do. The thing that brings me the most satisfaction and contentment and joy.
Here's the problem. With all the other stuff I have to do, my fiction is getting left in the dust. Call it lack of discipline, lack of organizational skills, over-commitment, or my family having too many clothes, resulting in just way too much laundry, but I just can't seem to find the time to focus on my fiction like I want to. Like I need to, really, if I want to realize my dream of becoming a multi-published (OK, I'll settle for published) novelist.
For the past couple years, I've been really strict about posting to my blog three times a week. Why? I don't know. Maybe because someone told me that in order to establish myself as a blogger, I should post no less than three times a week. Maybe because I'm weird. Like I said, who knows?
Anyway, yesterday it hit me. Why do I have to post three times per week? The Blogger Police certainly won't take me to Infrequent Blogger Jail or relinquish my blogging privileges. It's my blog. I can blog when and how often I want to.
This may seem like a silly lightbulb moment, but I've decided to exercise my right to say "when" and not to be so regimented about my blogging (and laundry) schedule in 2011. Yes, I know some of you are sniffling at the thought that you won't be reading three posts per week from me anymore, but somehow, I have a feeling you'll survive.
I will be checking in once or twice per week, but simply relieving the pressure of having to post three times every week will help me a ton. I just wanted to mention it in case you wonder.
Now the big question: Do you think my family will wonder why they have no clean clothes? And more importantly, do you think they'll survive? Time will tell...