It has been two weeks (almost!) since I wrote a post on this blog. That’s the longest break I have taken in the last year. Although I wouldn’t really call it Writer’s block or Blogging block, I do think it had something to do with my online presence.
This doesn’t mean I have been idle in the blogging space. Oh no, I have actually signed up to be a Write Tribe Pro Blogger, where this cool bunch has decided to blog consistently, every day, for a year. Maybe more. Who knows?
But, ah, I was clever. I know that I cannot do justice to this blog with the daily writing challenge, so I smartly signed up my Fiction blog, since I dabble in flash fiction and micro-fiction, most of which is under 100 words in length. Of course, the real smartness of the move will be revealed if I actually manage to complete a year of blogging daily. Ha, that’s going to be something!
In order to do this , though, it requires a fair deal of management in the time and writing areas. So, today, I will share how we can balance our writing and social media roles together with the mundane demands of life, work and everything else!
It’s actually do-able, if you work around a schedule. I find that I write best between 9.30 and 10.30 pm every night. I don’t know why, but it’s true. Perhaps the silence of the household, after sending everyone off to bed, is a good booster. Or maybe the fact that the dishes are done and the kitchen is sparkling clean, so I can now reward myself with some time to write, could be the reason.
Either way, find your groove. Pick a time and write daily/ nightly at the same time. I’m guessing some curious writer gnome is watching and sending me creative vibes every night. Hey, who am I to complain?
This is a common concern, am I right? You feel that panic kicking in each time you sit and stare at the blank screen or notepad, racking your brains for an idea.
That’s why we have prompts, my dear bloggers.
Search the web. You’ll find thousands of them. If nothing else, pick up a book and flip through it. A phrase will catch your eye. Use that as a prompt.
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- I turn off my Smartphone when I am writing my blog posts. I don’t get distracted by those ‘pings’ every single time someone comments on the blog. Hey, I jump in excitement when I get fifteen ‘pings’ at a time after two hours of not being connected to the Net. Yeah, that’s your bonus 🙂
- I keep the tabs closed on my browser. You know that niggling need to check Facebook in between your writing? Yeah, stop doing that. You want a break? Go for a walk. Grab a cup of tea. Pick up a book. DO NOT OPEN that Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest tab.
So, you’re overwhelmed with all the writing, the editing, the sharing and the responding to comments. I get that. Hey, we also have lives in the real world to consider. That shirt is not going to iron itself and the stove is just not going to turn on magically and heat up that pasta, no matter how hard I wish I had Harry Potter’s powers. Nope! Not going to happen.
So, if I can make an hour’s time to write everyday, I can surely find another hour to visit other blogs daily?
- If you have a WordPress (WP) account, just add your preferred WP blogs to the Reader there and visit them from within the app.
- For blogspot blogs, get the Feedly app. This has a very good interface and helps you click through to the blog and comment as well.
- Make sure you follow the ‘No Social Media distraction’ rule here as well. Turn off those tabs when you are blog hopping. When sharing a post that you like, share them through the blog’s page directly and hop straight out of Twitter/ Facebook/ Google Plus.
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