Saturday, September 24, 2011

Priorities, Writerly and Not

I've been re-evaluating my priorities lately.  And I found I've been spending too much time online.  Far, far too much time.  The internet is distracting and so is real life.

I'd rather have more real life distraction than internet distraction.  With that in mind, I've decided to make some changes around here.

First off, I'm no longer posting at my other two blogs.  (The photography and food ones.)  I have removed the links to them from my profile and my sidebar.  (I also hid them in my blogger dashboard.)

Secondly, I will now only be posting here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Tuesdays will be progress updates (they keep me accountable) and Thursdays will be writing-related topics.

In relation to this, I'm limiting my time reading blogs to half an hour in the mornings.  If I don't get to yours one day you might see a comment from me pop up at random later in the week.

I'll take time in the evenings as I have it to respond to comments on my blog.  I will be doing this via e-mail as I have all comments e-mailed to me.  If you don't have an e-mail attached to your comment account, that means I might not be able to return a comment until Sundays when I'm off from writing and most other things, so I would actually have a little bit of spare time to kill in coming to my blog and commenting.

I'm hoping that this will help me put writing back into the number 2 spot on my priority list.  (Real life, including religion, being #1.)


  1. That's good to have priorities like you do. I spend way too much time on blogs too trying to build my blog readership. I have started to follow those who comment regularly on my blog and I think it's important to keep them coming back. But I do need to do something like you and limit my blogging time so I get the important writing done.

  2. Excellent, good for you. I've tried to cut back too, and I have only posted ONCE a week on my blog for quite a while now. I've turned off my email notification so it doesn't interrupt me. Gotta be focused in order to be productive!

  3. Priorities are a hard thing to work out. I know for myself, I still want to blog, but I just don't have the time to read all the blogs I used to if I still want to accomplish anything with my time. Good luck with the new schedule.

  4. This is a brilliant idea and I've been trying to back off a little myself. I think I might have backed off too much and need to do that accountability thing more. =P Have a great day!

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  6. I came to the same point a few months ago, when I overheard one of my kidlets telling her friend about how I am *always* on the computer and don't really pay attention to other stuff. Yeah, that was a learning moment that hit me over the head. I'm trying to get back into a few things online, but I'm going slow and steady and not going to beat myself up over it.

    *previous comment had a truly embarrassing spelling error - now fixed. :)

  7. Periodic reassessments are crucial for finding balance. Good for you!

  8. I've done that recently. Things have greatly improved and it lends more time for writing and you know, that real life stuff.


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