Jul 28

 
I don’t know if you noticed, but I stopped doing my Sloppy Writing posts.
 
I’ve watched a lot of blogger friends go through times where they step back from their blog and cut way back on their posts. Sometimes it’s just a few week or month break, sometimes they cut back permanently.
 
This is totally understandable because so many of the people I follow are getting published or getting agents, and their lives become busier. Or they just burn out on blogging.
 
I don’t have the agent/publisher-I’m too busy thing yet, but I hit the point where I was just tired of doing three posts a week. And I was always scrambling Thursday night to get my Sloppy Writing posts done for Friday morning. Then a few days later, it’s my Sunday post. Then 3 days later is The Big Reveal post, which is the easiest of them all.
 
It just wasn’t fun anymore, so that’s why I cut out Sloppy Writing, and it feels nice to have that big break in between the other two. I don’t feel rushed, and I don’t feel like I want to completely step away from my blog.
 
One of the other reasons that helped me decide to quit those posts was that sometimes I struggled to find something to write about. Yeah, I could keep going with adverbs, but often times I didn’t have that problem in my writing, so I had no examples. I know there are more words out there that I could clean up out of my manuscripts, but for now, I’m done.
 
So that’s why it’s not up anymore, in case you were wondering.
 
Have you ever cut back on your blogging? Or dropped a feature that you’d been doing for a while it wasn’t fun anymore?
 

7 Responses to “Did you notice?”

  1. I should probably have a more regular blog schedule, but really, I just blog when I have something to say, or when I’m participating in something like a blogfest . . . I worry more about having content for spooklights than my writing blog; if I don’t watch enough TV or movies or read enough books, then I go stretches without posting there and lose all my readers. And then, too, when I’m buried under projects (like I have been lately), I end up not blogging as much as I could or should . . .

  2. Jay says:

    I used to be good about planning and writing my posts, then scheduling them to publish on specific days, but lately…I honestly think if there’s nothing very important to write about, I’m just not going to. I still try to check in somewhat regularly, but the posting everyday thing I was doing? no way, Jose.

    It has opened up so many hours to work on the stuff that really matters to me, which is always a giant bonus. Maybe when my schedule isn’t so hectic, I’ll go back to updating very often, but as of right now… nah.

  3. You’ve got to do what works for you! I enjoy writing my Motivational Monday posts – and I think my readers do, too – so I’ll keep at them for now. They’re really the only regular posting I do, other than my Recommended Reading posts at the end of the month. I usually write one other post during the week but it’s open and flexible – could be about writing or books or tortoises. :)

  4. I totally enjoyed only having the Funny Friday Photo posts. The posts were easy and fun, and only posting once a week was heaven. Now that I’ve gone back to twice a week, I definitely feel the stress of getting more done. By having an editorial calendar, though, it cuts down on the stress of finding something to write about. I know what to write about when, it’s just a matter of remembering to actually write the post!

  5. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    I always posted a bit randomly, but now it’s really bad. I’m hoping to be better once school starts and I have a bit more time. :)

  6. I’m back to doing 3 posts a week, but for a while life was hectic, so I cut it to 2 and probably will do so again. Those weeks seemed better since I was able to spend more time on other matters.

  7. Hey,

    I soooooo hear you (or read you, in this case:)

    I was on 3x per week, then I went to 2x per week on set days and now I’m on 2x per week whenever.

    This suits me because the stress is *much* less and I feel I’m sending out a better “product.” :)

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