Yves Brown McClain: Literary Fierceness

Take it down a notch…

Posted by Dahlia on March 6, 2011

When I first started this blog, I wasn’t really sure of what to do with it. I wanted to promote my book, but I didn’t want it to be a continuous marketing vehicle of the book. You can only push the product so far before folks get annoyed. So, I decided to document my process to getting published as well as promote the book. Then, I happened upon the Crusade. It sounded like a great opportunity to network with people just like me. I have to say that participating in this initiative has been a very positive experience. I have had many days with 100+ views, my twitter follows have nearly tripled, and my Fan page is showing an increase. Who knew all these people wanted to hear me ramble on about beta readers, dashboards, and getting over WIP-sharing fears? Certainly not me. I also didn’t know I had this much to discuss until I made a commitment to it. The thing about blogging is that content is king, so I would brainstorm over topics or just put together a post about something I’ve experienced. In the midst of beefing up my blog, I started to neglect the very thing that I created the blog for: my book.

I’ve shared that Wild Oats has been a years-long process. That’s mainly due to the fact that I would work at it, then stop for a while, life would present something to me (i.e. getting married, moving to a new state, job-searching, a baby) and I wouldn’t be able to put as much work on the book as I wanted, then I would start back at it again and then the cycle would repeat itself. Last year (shortly after my 30th birthday), I committed to finishing my novel and I started finding ways to get some writing done – early in the morning, late at night, on breaks, during lunch, when my son takes his nap, etc. There’s something about when you turn 30 that sparks a fire under your butt. Makes you realize that now is the time to start walking in your purpose and your gift. At least that’s what turning 30 did for me. I did not want my story to be a perpetual WIP that’s often talked about, but never finished.

So, in order to finally move this story of mine out of WIP to published novel, I’ll have to scale back on my blog posts. I have to in order to finish this novel, start on the next one, and maintain some semblance of balance in my life. However, I want to maintain a schedule so that there’s order. Therefore, this post will be the last of my daily posts and starting Monday, March 7, I will post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. As I get guest bloggers, I will try to schedule them in on days I don’t post. So, expect at least three new updates a week.

Thank you to all my new followers for staying on this journey with me. Your support is awesome. And for anyone that I’ve helped (or perhaps entertained) with my posts, I hope I can continue to do so.

Peace & Blessings, YBM


10 Responses to “Take it down a notch…”

  1. Trisha said

    I know what you mean – I’ve been spending a lot more time reading other people’s blog posts than editing my work lately 😉 It’s not good!

  2. I think you are doing a great job with the blog.

  3. It’s important to pace yourself and set up what’s important to you. Blogging really can take over your life. I’m not sure how you did everyday! Your “scaled back” schedule is typically the most I can do in one week!

  4. Lisa Nowak said

    You wouldn’t believe how many people I hear talking about this subject. It’s tough to balance social networking with writing. I’m a once-a-week blogger for that very reason. 🙂

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  6. Kari Marie said

    Blogging can take away from our time writing. Don’t worry about not blogging everyday. It’s hard to find balance and your core readers will follow you regardless of your schedule. I know I will 🙂

  7. I totally understand the need to cut back. Of all people, us bloggers certainly understand how time consuming blogging can be. Good luck with your novel. Stick to it!

    ❤ Gina Blechman

  8. I can certainly understand cutting back on the blogging–it takes up a lot of time!

  9. Joy said

    Blogging does have a way of slowly becomming an addiction that gobbles up time.

  10. I enjoy your blog and look forward to the posts. They are entertaining, informative, and concise. Keep up the good blogging!

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