When I used to run my other blog, Someday Syndrome, I blogged most every day between five hundred and two-thousand words each time and thought nothing of it. It was, I had accepted, a part of building up a blog following.
As you can imagine, I wasn’t writing much fiction.
Then I gave up the blog and focused on earning a living with a job-job (teaching English) and more importantly, devoting a good chunk of my day to fiction writing. After a while I opened up AlexWorld and blogged sporadically – at most three times a week (with one fiction-post, meaning I had to do only two non-fiction posts).
But in March I stopped altogether, focusing completely on my fiction and ignoring AlexWorld with glee. I’ve never been a big fan of obligation and blogging for me had become a “must” rather than a “want” – so even though I like sharing my thoughts on books as well as creating the Friday Flash stories, I resented the time my blogging was taking from my writing life. I also used Dean Wesley Smith to justify the break. He regularly says that the best marketing a writer can do is produce another book – so I turned away from the blog to focus on my stories.
But writing isn’t all of it. It’s also about connecting and reaching out. Amanda Hocking counts herself as much a marketer as writer. The other big indie-author John Locke considers himself a marketer who decided he would turn a writing hobby into something that he could market the crap out of.
So, here I am again, back blogging, and to kick off a more intense blogging schedule I’ve decided to participate in A to Z month started up by Lee at Tossing It Out in April 2010 with around 100 bloggers. It’s now up to more than 700 this year and growing by the moment. It exists as a way to encourage bloggers to blog with more regularity and to increase exposure among the Challenge participants.
Of course, being a former Professional Organizer, I can’t just give you a month of random blogging. I had to create well-ordered categories that follow daily themes…
- Mondays: Book Review
- Tuesdays: Inside AlexWorld – Novel Teasers
- Wednesdays: Kindle Sample Reviews
- Thursdays: My Indie-Publishing Experience
- Fridays: Friday Flash
- Saturdays: The State of Writing in AlexWorld
I hope you enjoy the month of super-blogging!