So, some seven years ago I made a decision that made a lot of sense at the time. I had a website and a blog, but I wasn’t doing much of anything with them. After attending some seminars at DFWCon, I decided I needed to be regular and habitual about blogging, and so I pledged to blog every Monday and Thursday, rain or shine.
And for seven years, I’ve held to that, even when I’ve not really had a lot to say. Partly for the pure discipline of it, and partly to maintain a steady presence on here. I wanted anyone who came to my website to be able to say, “Hey, this guy is reliable, this guy sticks with what he sets out to do.” I mean, the web is littered with tumbleweed-filled fledgling-author sites where they have a flurry of “I’m totally gonna do this blog thing” posts, and then they drizzle out to nothing.
But here’s the thing: I don’t have to prove, to myself or the world at large, that I can reliably work with discipline. I’ve got the bonafides: between seven books in three-and-a-half years, two more on the way, and seven years of regular twice-a-week blogs, I’ve shown that in spades. Plus regularly posting here is time and energy that takes away from actual writing. Between what I have on deck and other projects I have planned, I’ve got enough working that I don’t ALSO need to habitually blog for its own sake. And posting-for-its-own sake was starting to feel like the signal-to-noise ratio was getting low.
So, for the foreseeable future, I won’t be posting regularly on Mondays any more. I will still do Thursdays at SFFSeven and mirror those posts here. And I’ll post when I have something significant to announce, or some topic I really want to talk about, but not to any set schedule.
If you are looking for things-I-want-to-talk-about-not-to-any-set-schedule, of course, follow my Twitter. It’s fun and I have pictures of food.
Now back to the word mines. See you all down there.