I recently re-evaluated the writing blogs I follow. In the process I deep-sixed some, kept a few, and skim most. I simply don’t have time to read numerous posts on a daily basis, particularly if they’re the blog equivalent of War and Peace. I mean, I’m lucky if I get the dishes done on a daily basis!
A Crackly Crisp and Criteria
Trying to read and crank out quality posts every day had me fried to a crackly crisp. Been there, done that? If so, it’s okay to scale back. You won’t turn into a pumpkin. Really. Read Luke’s complete post here (Check Part 1 for full context. That’s okay. I’ll wait.)
Here’s the basic criteria I used to pare my blog “read list” down to something manageable:
- Will I turn into a pumpkin if I miss a week or two of this blog’s content?
- Is the content interesting, relevant, and engaging on a regular basis? Is it fun?
- Does the blogger reciprocate, offer guest posts, share links, retweet, etc?
- Will this blog help my writing, outreach, insight, or all of the above?
- Is the blogger genuine? Does he or she blog from the heart?
- Does this blogger have a personal account at Hershey’s? (Couldn’t resist.)
In case you’re wondering, here are some blogs I recommend:
- The Writing Life – Terry Whalin
- A Step in the Write Direction – Donna Clark Goodrich
Daily blog posts may be over-rated. If you’re a writer, you know better than anyone how much time blogging can swallow away from other writing. Prioritize accordingly. More on that in a minute.
Okay, okay. I admit. At first I felt a little guilty about scaling blog posts back to a more realistic schedule. Something that I could handle. Not anymore. I decided that when it comes to “building a platform” and the like, it’s okay to not be in a hurry. Ditto avoiding cranking out noise just to fill the screen.
A Matter of Priorities
Blogging vs. working on your writing comes down to a question of priorities. If your first passion is blogging, then get at it and go to it. But if it’s working on your next novel, short story or creative non-fiction piece, concentrate on that first and blog when you can.
Neither you nor I will turn into a pumpkin if we’re not blogging every day. It’s okay. Really.
Who’s with me?
How often do you blog? What do you look for in a blog post? Who are your favorite bloggers? Share in the comments section.