I’ve decided that blogging is difficult as an author. I do not need to update my website ALL the time. It’s been stressing me out since my very first book came out. If I was writing a book every six months, perhaps I can see the need to update my posts here (and on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter–do you see why I’m stressed?). Even every six months seems like a lot. How many times could I post, BUY MY BOOKS HERE and BUY MY BOOK HERE? Perhaps if I was a super star famous author and everyone wanted to know about THE Sarah Fawcett, like what I eat for breakfast and how I wash my hair, then I could see the need for a status update.
Joanna Penn backs me up in her blogpost, 3 Reasons for Writers to Have a Blog … and 3 Reasons Not To “It’s much harder to promote fiction than non-fiction through a blog. With non-fiction, you can produce posts that relate to your topics – and that tie in with your ideal reader’s current interests. With fiction, you have to generate initial interest in your plot and characters, and this is a lot tougher.” I’ve tried this in the past, posting articles about casual sex and dating, but those types of articles don’t pertain to most of my readers who are married. It was a waste of time.
The article states some reasons to blog and number one is to build a platform, which I find incredibly difficult in Windsor. Sure, I have some followers, but do I want to inundate them with information about me? Um, no. They like my novels, not my attempt at a 30 Day Challenge, including blogs about my Top 5 Pet Peeves or My Earliest Childhood Memory.
Blogging is also an attempt to connect with other bloggers and authors, which I do not have time for. If I concentrated solely on writing and being an author, and not on group fitness, wellness consulting, personal training, arts and crafts, being a mother and a wife and having a social life, then I could see the value in connecting outside of Windsor.
This is my agenda. This year, I finally figured out something that works for me. It’s colour-coded, organized and beautiful to my OCD eyes. The sticky notes are planned lunches for the kids (blue) and planned dinners (blue)–I’ve followed the plan about 80% of the time, which has been awesome for me, since prior to this system, I was figuring it all out last minute. The right side of the page is my ‘TO DO’ list. It’s always jammed-packed and I’m constantly adding more, forwarding the incomplete tasks to the following week. And I just noticed that ‘Write 1000 words for my new novel’ is not on the TO DO list…not that I’d get it done anyway.
Finally, I’m going to take Joanna Penn’s advice and “use [my] blog to occasionally update readers on [my] progress (e.g. when [I’m] about to publish a new book) – but [I] don’t need to spend time writing [here] on a daily or weekly basis.