Welcome to Scarlet Thread Sunday, the day I throw out a thread of something I’ve learned in the labyrinth of life. Today I’m thinking about social media–specifically, blogs.
You see, my computer died a couple of months ago, and in the reboot I lost all of my RSS feeds. That meant that the many blogs of fellow authors that I followed were gone. I sighed and thought, “Oh well, I can rebuild the list.”
Then another thought occurred to me: “Or I could not rebuild the list.”
Immediately, a blanket of guilt lowered onto me. I struggled under that shame-on-me weight for only a little while before pushing it off and realizing, “Hey, I can breathe.”
I tried it out for a week and chose to only click on blog posts that raised my interest from Twitter or Facebook. It was kind of cool. I was visiting some of the same blogs, but also ones I’d never gone to before, because I’d been so weighed down with my regular daily blog reading.
Momentary twinges of guilt would still ping me now and then. How long has it been since I’d visited X’s site? What about Y? And Z? I wonder how she’s doing. But ongoing use of chocolate and wine did a lot to cut away the dangling threads from the blanket of guilt.
No, actually I found that I got more writing done, had more time to interact with people on Facebook, and visited a broader range of blogs. I sought content that mattered to where I am in life and writing–and, admittedly, whether I needed a good belly laugh at the moment (you humorous bloggers know who you are!).
So here’s my advice: LOSE THE GUILT ABOUT NOT VISITING EVERYONE’S BLOG.
I know I’m not alone, because I’ve heard other authors cop to feeling guilty when they don’t get around to everyone’s site. As if you’re going to get thrown out of the Exclusive Writers’ Club for slacking on your blog commenting. You’re not.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m THRILLED to have so many followers. Thank you so much!
But honestly, if you come here, and the content isn’t your cup of tea that day, click away. No worries. I won’t be sending out the Blog Police or mumbling about your lack of loyalty or banning you from the cool table in the cafeteria of life.
You’re my guests! You are always welcome, but I know you don’t live here. Come around when you can, stay a while, converse a bit, and leave when you need to. The welcome mat will still be here for you next time.
And now on to my A Round of Words in 80 Days report.
- Edit/rewrite SHARING HUNTER, a YA contemporary novel. Worked out a major kink with the novel–not so much rewriting, but plotting/planning.
- Edit two short stories–one needs a final polish, the other a full edit. Not yet.
- Read 10 fiction books. Finished White Cat by Holly Black and read the sequel, Red Glove.
- Finish craft book: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson. (I read the first half last round.) Not yet.
- Visit and comment on five ROW80 blog posts per week. Yes, ma’am (or sir).
- Attend at least one RWA meeting. Researched RWA membership and local chapters. Marked upcoming meetings on my calendar for three chapters: West Houston RWA, Northwest Houston RWA, and Houston Bay Area RWA.
So how do you manage blog reading? Do you feel overwhelmed at times keeping up with others’ blogs? If you’re in ROW80, how was your first week?