Monthly Archives: June 2014

To Blog Or Not to Blog???

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To blog or not to blog that is the question???? corrected CMo orange

My readers, fellow bloggers, and writer friends get to decide the future of Pensees. (P.S. the other blog was Bloggy Mountain Breakdown, people didn’t read it so I decided it was a waste of valuable writing effort, I am closing it today, end of that discussion).

I need your help and a healthy dose of reality. This is an open forum for debate, it’s your turn to talk and my turn to listen. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings I am not hypersensitive and I don’t hold a grudge.

Here’s the skinny. I have not posted since January 1, 2014. This is why:

(1.) I entered a few writing contests and that took all my writing time.
(2.) I started a new job. Anything new is challenging and time-consuming.
(3.) I wrote and taught a ladies Bible Study at my church. It took several hours a week of intensive teaching preparation.
(4.) I learned that anything posted on a blog is legally published (wooohhoooo I guess that means I am published)so I can’t submit to other publications anything that already posted.

(I can hear my favorite English teacher sucking all the air out of the room because I used the passive voice at least twice in the above sentence, sorry Cecelia Johnson).

Those four things are not excuses, they are legitimate reasons.

Now my own observations and insights. Are people blogging much anymore? I notice well published and publicized authors are writing short blogs weekly. But, they are using social media to do most of their contact with their reader base. They link to their books, articles, amazon.com links, etc…

Many younger women (ages 25-40) were blogging all the time about their lives, kids, jobs, husbands, and homes. From those gals I am now hearing, “I do well to check Facebook, let alone read other blogs or update my own.”

So what’s up in the world of bloggers? Do we go, do we stay?

If you don’t have time to comment via the blog, Facebook message me.

HELP, I only have an hour or two each day and few hours on the weekend to write. Do I spend it blogging or do I concentrate on larger works? Maybe I should finish the novel that is outlined and ready to write.  Or I could press on to start the memoir that is in my head (and it’s on a few post a notes all over the office)?

Anyone out there feel my pain? I look forward to hearing from each of you…

Waiting and Wondering,

cmo