You can read about week 1 here.
I think last week, being my second week into The Stop Whining Twelve Step, Twelve Week challenge, was a good week. If you go back to the goals post, you can see that I had a few goals that I wanted to be met by the end of the 12 weeks, so far I’m well on my way. I was warned by a few great people to not direct my scope toward things like stats, which I cannot control. Focus on writing for me, focus on pursuing the goals of how much I publish, what I publish, use this platform to express myself. So correct.
Time is my issue. Speaking of time, I encourage you to take the time to read Panty Parade’s post about her week 2. This week the task was to read an article and try three suggestions, then write about it. Her post included a link to a very informative article about building your blogging platform. In her case, as a writer working on finishing a new book in the near future, it makes a lot of sense to grow your platform.
I took away a few key things to try. I’m going to outsource some child care to give me time to focus on writing or taking photos. It will be okay if I do that. I’m going to sustain myself by apologizing to everyone I owe emails to, “I’m sorry, I will respond as soon as I can.” And I’m going to start a Blogroll page so I can have an updated list of all the bloggers I read regularly and follow, I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time.
For my week 2 task I chose to read Make More Time for Your Writing. Mostly geared toward professional writers, again, not toward bloggers like me. But it makes a lot of sense for me because it discusses being in charge of your writing time. Here are the three suggestions I’m taking with me:
- PROCRASTINATE PRODUCTIVELY- Although one of the suggestions is to write a blog post or visit your online community to procrastinate, I still feel like this suggestion might apply to me. Over the past week I learned that even if I just jot some ideas in my notebook, or even create a draft with a few notes when I don’t want to sit down and write a blog post, I’m moving forward. My creative juices are still flowing. When the kids are eating lunch I can run to the computer and get a few sentences out. It doesn’t have to be a one hour continuous block of time to write if I can train my brain to stay in the mode. Any little bit helps
- TAKE A TIME-OUT- I do pretty well at staying away from the computer on the weekends. I feel like I should keep some family time sacred. If I meet a certain word quota during the weekdays when I’m with my kids I should give myself a writing break for the rest of the day (but I still enjoy reading other blogs and commenting when the kids are busy). Again, if the word strikes me I can jot anything in my notebook. The kids are still my #1 priority and I want them to know that. But they also need to know that I want to take some time each day to update my online notebook. It is healthy for them to see me happily balance them and creating something.
- WE ARE NOT GIVEN TIME TO WRITE; WE TAKE IT- I wonder sometimes if I just don’t want things enough. I don’t care to take the time away from sleeping, or evening television with my husband. But like the other two points above, I need to believe in my need to do something besides take care of this family, and believe that the people around me value me enough to give me space and time to do something I like doing (besides taking care of them.)
So these three points, which are all pretty similar, are what I’m going to focus on this week. Its about making the time to write if I want it enough. Even though my stats were in line with my goals, I actually lost a few followers last week. If I don’t feel that punch in the gut again in this life I’d be really happy. The only way I can try to avoid that is to get better at expressing myself, and scour Craigslist for our next threesome partner so I can have some interesting stories to tell.
If I just looked like this all day I wouldn’t need to make time:
Phone in right hand responding to email, tablet in left hand searching Craigslist, notebook running WordPress.
And what I really look like is not photo worthy, but imagine in my right hand is my phone tapping out a text about a play date, my left hand making peanut butter and jelly, and WordPress hasn’t been opened since Friday on my outdated desktop. Also noteworthy is that my hair is in a bun, I’m not wearing a bra (or panties because none are clean) and my pants are stained with blueberry oatmeal remnants.