What I’ve Been Up To…
I haven’t updated this blog in over a month. Been busy with a few major projects. I’m a good 2/3 of the way through a first draft of a novel. I just submitted a short story collection to a publisher. I have other projects on my mind, too. So, when push comes to shove, I write rather than blog. It’ll probably be that way for awhile.
I honestly wonder, sometimes, if blogging is worth the effort. I wonder the same thing about social media. You know, Facebook, Twitter, and all that. I think of social media as essentially “the water cooler” where I get to hang out with other writers (and the occasional reader). There’s good stuff shared on Facebook, and it’s a good way to connect with authors who you might not connect with, otherwise. But it’s also a place where arguments can erupt seemingly out of nowhere. A place where opinions are expressed stridently. Where everyone seems to come equipped with a *different* version of internet etiquette (if any etiquette at all).
I’ve thought about killing my Facebook account entirely, but I think that would be throwing out the baby with the bath water. So, instead, I’ll reduce my participation in it. Maybe log on only every-other-day or once a week. Maybe cull my friends list, so that it only includes people I really want to continue connecting with. That kind of thing.
I want the benefits of being accessible and interacting with folks…but I don’t want the headaches of being accessible and interacting with folks. So I’m taking the next month or so to mull over what changes (if any) I want to make in how I engage with people online. My goal is to have a plan in place by January first. Stay tuned.