Some of us have trouble figuring out what comes first, the blogger or the author. It’s a pretty serious game of tug of war.
I see amazing writers give up their blogs because they want to use that time to focus on their stories. And I get it. I, too, have stepped away from this blog for weeks or months, with the intention to use that freed-up time on my fiction.
But when I finally return to the blog, I feel like I’ve missed out on potential opportunities. It’s not like I believe that literary agents have been trolling my site or anything—although if you are, say hi!! It’s more like I feel that I could have been fine tuning my author-self here. Instead, I’ve stagnated, and it’s really difficult to get back on track with my readers. Maybe not my loyal band of merry readers (you know who you are), but in general, I don’t feel like people must read me.
Uh, small red flag you think?
Still, there is no question that most of us have trouble managing both entities with equal discipline and energy and joy. Then we start resenting our blogs for taking up our precious writing time. And even though there is some validity to that, doesn’t it strike anyone as ironic that we don’t consider blogging writing?
I know, I know–our real problem is that blogging is getting in the way of the progress we’re making on our main projects, fiction or non, which I define across the board as stories.
It’s like a knife to the heart when we think that the time and energy we exert on blogging would be better spent on our stories because let’s face it—we only have so much energy and time to expend from day to day.
And to twist that knife even more, most of us blog to gain an audience for our stories—the very writing we’re struggling to do.
It’s a very strange Catch-22, author style.
Right now, I’m polishing final drafts on two novels, and writing the second draft to a third novel. Three freaking books—and that’s just the author portion of my responsibilities. There’s all the other Modish Gladiator stuff that has to get done too.
So is it any wonder I drop off the blogging here and there?
It isn’t any wonder, but I think it can be a mistake if I take off too often, for too long, or for the wrong reasons.
For me, blogging is part of being an author. Blogging is the time to practice my writing. Not necessarily practicing the mechanics of fiction, but certainly practicing how to engage readers. That’s kinda important in my line of work.
Blogging is also valuable to me in that it provides a totally rad support system! I have come to rely on the positive reinforcement from my peeps. Playing hooky from the blog meant I was missing those crucial connections with other writers.
It isn’t easy, trying to balance the life of a blogger and the life of an author, but if I start thinking this quest is easy, then I’m doing something wrong. Right?!
Basically, if I’m not actively blogging, then I’m not challenging my writer’s soul. I should be treating blogging as an offshoot of my job, not an interruption to my time to write my stories.
Somehow, I have to find a way to make them work with each other. The blogger and the author—soul mates.
Now there’s a story.
What about you? Are you struggling to manage the lives of blogger and author?
Any survival tips you want to share?
Have a writerly day!