Wednesday, June 2, 2010
BALANCE: How do YOU do it?
I'm back to posting after being away most of May. If I said I'm rejuvenated and ready to jump in that would be, um, not right. I've had to catch up on so many blogs and emails. Piles and piles.
I've read a few articles and blogs lately about social networking and its takeover. One article said that all the energy and brain power you put into posting on blogs, email lists, Facebook, and whatever takes away from the energy and brain power a writer needs for writing. I think it does remove focus, or at least fragment it, scatter it.
Does reading blogs and posts keep you from writing? Does writing them do it? Is there a good way to balance these things?
Once a writer is published, it's imperative that he/she promote. The time spent promoting is time NOT spent writing, but--hey--you have to do it. (Although someone recently blogged about the lack of connection between promotion and sales. But the blogger does admit you have to do it, even if there's no correlation. I thought this was Tess Gerritsen, but I can't find it on her blog.)
Should one spend an hour or two networking every day, or should one set aside a day of the week for it? I know what one shouldn't do--one shouldn't keep one's email program open all the time and click over there to see what's come in every few minutes. I've tried that and it doesn't work well. I wish someone had a wise solution!