Sunday, April 12, 2009

True Confessions

Okay, time to 'fess up.

I've been struggling with blogging. Yes, I know. You're stunned. Amazed. Shocked.

Okay, not really, seeing as I haven't blogged in what? A MONTH?? More? So I've been wrestling with myself over this whole thing. I mean, I hate quitting something I've started. Feels too much like failure. And really, I do enjoy it. But with all the travel and workload and yada yada, blah blah blah...

I just couldn't make myself take the time.

Enter the Mount Hermon Career Track. That's where I was last week, at the Mount Hermon Writers' Conference, helping lead the Career Track for published authors. One of the panels I was on was about social networking: Twitter, blogging, Facebook, et al. And the inimitable Camy Tang, who is the blogging queen, says this: "If you're not blogging at least three times a week you're not a blogger." Ouch. Three times a week? I'm lucky if I make it three times a month!

Happily, she didn't stop there. She went on to help us understand where most bloggers go wrong, and I was guilty of a number of the mistakes she mentioned.

Especially posts that are too long.

WAY too long.

So I decided to give blogging another try. But this time I'm going to take a page from Twitter and limit my word count. No, not to 120 words per blog (I mean, let's be real, folks!) But I'm going to try to stick to 250-300 words a blog entry. Which means this entry is about done!

Hey, that wasn't so hard.

Peace, all.



Kristine Pratt said...

I'm guilty of the same thing, Karen. OK, so taking a page from YOU, this week I'm going to see if I can get back on track blogging.

Short entries I've heard about before. Honestly, I enjoy the shorter entries, as I read quite a few blogs and just don't have the time for lots of long entries every day. Yet I still want to read and connect with fellow writers.

So, great job on getting back into this. I look forward to seeing what you have to say for us every week!

Nicole said...

Glad you're back, K.

angela said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're back. I think I discovered this blog in February, so now I'll actually get the chance to follow it. Can't wait to read more.

Charlene Ann Baumbich said...

Peer pressure, ey? ;>)

Karen B. said...

Thanks, all! Happy to be back as well. And Charlene, not really peer pressure. pressure. I want to blog. Love hearing from folks when I do so. But writing those long entries just got to be too much.

Heh. There's a reason my editor used to call me "O Verbose One." Sigh...

Charlene Ann Baumbich said...

I know what you mean. I can belch 1500 words--which I shall refrain from doing right this minute. I was just funnin' with ya anyway. GO KAREN!

Rel said...

Long or short - I love reading your words, Karen :)

Anonymous said...

Camy is right, too. I try to limit my posts to under 700 words. But today I had one go over a thousand. Ugh.

Even at 700 I know people's eyes glaze over.

Anyway, welcome back. 300 words. You can do it. Easy. If you write them, they will come.