Monday, December 8, 2014

Do you suffer from blogger fatigue? Here's the cure...

Weather report from the wet coast:  all the snow is gone.
I wonder if we'll have a green Christmas?

Teagan Kearney asked, for writers who blog, I'd like to ask do you think blogging is a chore, a challenge, or a pleasure?

In reply, I wrote:  I think, from time to time, all bloggers face the question you're facing, Teagan -- to blog or not to blog, that is the question.

Years ago, I turned to blogging as a way to write regularly and be accountable to others to maintain that commitment. It worked and it continues to work.

I'm a passionate blogger. I love to share my writing with interested readers; I enjoy networking with authors; I reveal in the ability to help promote others in the publishing industry; I like to re-read old posts to see how much I've grown, and... The advantages far out weigh the disadvantages. But there are disadvantages. At times it can feel like eating too much chocolate cake -- one more piece and I'll throw up. I face the cold screen and struggle to find a topic.  Or worse know that what I've written is boring or junk or (supply your favourite adjective). But I keep going and soon my fingers are once again merrily dancing on the keyboard. Remaining a motivated blogger may mean making a change to my blog's format or choosing to blog less or whatever....

Should I continue to blog? I think that's an important question to face. And remind yourself that there is more than one way to promote your writing or to keep writing. You don't have to blog... Blogging is just a tool -- use it if it works for you.

(In the comments, Zee mentioned the ThinkKit prompts. If you'd like to learn more, here's the link.)

The Malahat Review's Long Poem Contest
Deadline:  Feb 1st

Friday, December 12th my guest will be Lisa Van Pelt (edition bookbinder)

Sharing my author journey...

On Monday, December 1st, a friend asked, "Hey, Leanne, do you have a funny story about a cat?"

She needed it for a project she was working on.

Never one to pass up a illegitimate, new publishing venue, I was quick to say, "Yes, I read a funny story about a cat at Mayne Island's comedy night, last August."

She was pleased. So was I. All I had to do was find the story. Easy. Or it should have been. If I were organized it would have been. But sadly...

I searched my computer -- file after file -- but it wasn't there. I searched the big box were I keep a lot of my past writing projects, but it wasn't there, either. 

A journal, it must be in one of my journals, I told myself. And it was. Fragments of it. Notes. 

Archaeologist uses bones to reconstruct dinosaurs. I gulped and faced the challenge of rewriting my story using those notes.

It's impossible, I told myself. 

I could have cheerfully punched a hole in my computer screen. But that would have hurt and been expensive. So, instead, I clicked my pen and started writing.

A day later, on Tuesday, December 2nd, I re-read my story and got the same taste in my mouth that I get after eating a delicious meal. Strange but true. Or maybe it isn't strange. Maybe it does make sense -- writing well nurtures me.  

This Friday, December 12th, I will read a story at Mayne Island's open mic night. I can't wait. Hope you can be there. It will be a blast.


Anonymous said...

Some good points here, Leanne. Blogging is not for everyone, and readers who have been following my blog for a while know it's undergone a few changes to get it to a place where I'm happy with its purpose.

Of course, it will continue to develop as I do.

Recently I'd felt like my posts had plateaued, and were becoming boring (or rather, more of the same) so I used the ThinkKit prompts to help me get out of the rut.

We'll see what happens next year.

P.S. I hope Teagan does return to blogging. I appreciated her writing!

Leanne Dyck said...

I'll check out the ThinkKit prompts. Thank you for the tip, Zee.

Anonymous said...

I began blogging to improve my writing and to find a writing community.

I keep subscribing to new blogs all the time, even as I know I shouldn't. Reading and answering comments is now a full time job. Who do you cut out to carve out more time for you?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the open mike. Wish I c.o.u.l.d. be there.

Leanne Dyck said...

Good question, Tess.
I pick blogs like I choose books -- does it speak to me, is it interesting. I also consider how often posts are published -- too often or too seldom.

I wish you could be at the open mic too, Tess. : ) Maybe some day.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — Like you, I'm a consistent blogger. I look forward to posting once a week and maintaining an online relationships with my readers. I don't find it a drudgery. Rather, it helps me to keep my eyes, camera at hand, for "the next topic" I can post about. In a very real sense, I find blogging therapeutic.

Leanne Dyck said...

And your posts reveal this, Laurie. Looking forward to reading your next post.

marian beaman said...

Leanne, I was introduced to you on Shirley's blog post today, so I'm here sniffing around to get a sense of who you are. The question you asked on this post intrigues me. I find blogging both a pleasure and a challenge. I post twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays and enjoy the camaraderie with online bloggers and other readers. Now it has inspired (driven?) me to write my memoir.

Write on!

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for visiting, Marian. Congratulations on starting to write your memoir. I find this type of writing a wonderful way to take account of where you've been and appreciate how far you've travelled. Looking forward to visiting your blog.