Monday, 27 November 2017

Things Keep Happening! But I'm Getting There...

Checking the Time 
Honestly, I feel like I'm stuck in a cycle of stop-start, stop-start with the blog this year. Anyone else feeling that way? It certainly wasn't my intention, I set out to post every week, but it hasn't worked out that way. Lots or stuff has got in the way, therefore, I need to think seriously about how I'm going to do things going forward.

Time seems to be getting away from me, and I have lots of writing plans I want to develop, not least my novel, and a new non fiction project with my writing buddy, Wayne Kelly which I'll share with you soon.   

Can you believe this is the last week of November? As I get older, it seems I have less available time, BUT, how can that be? Or is it that I'm packing far too much into the time I have available? And my expectations are far too high? Mmm, probably, and something to mull over this week. And another thing I've been thinking about is moving the blog. Yes, I'm seriously considering defecting to Wordpress, and I'd appreciate any comments on the subject, good or bad. Perhaps you've done it? If so please share your experience, good or bad. Or if you're a Wordpress blogger please share any incites. 

Anyway, this week I'm busy working on my novel, and writing a non fiction piece, creating some flash fiction, and sorting out a schedule for December with some definite goals. 

The writing is flowing. The re-write in first person is going really well, and I've found my voice. It's taken me all month to get back in the routine of early mornings, but it's working.  It's also good to know the writing is 'done' and means I won't beat myself up. I'm hoping I can keep it going now.

This time of year is also when I think about what I want to do next year. Yes, it's time to think about goals, and make plans for 2018.

More details soon - have a good week. 

15 comments:

  1. Glad to hear your writing is going well this week. Why are you thinking of leaving Blogger?

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    1. I'd like a little more control over the look and feel of my blog, and talking to others it appears that Wordpress is more flexible. I can also have my own domain name if I swap over.

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  2. I'm struggling with lack of time here, as ever. And wishing very much that I had more time for fiction writing and blog writing. Twas ever thus. I have got quite a lot of paid (hurray!) writing done, so I shan't complain. I deleted my website a while back, thinking it would be easy to recreate. It really hasn't been! I keep things fairly simple, and I'm always of the opinion that it's the actual content that counts, the words, rather than flashy things, so I tend to take the simplest route. When I have my website the way I want it (if that ever happens...) I shall be happy to leave well alone. It's turned into rather a nightmare, and another sizeable thing on my to-do list. In my imagination it was all going to be so easy. Anyway, I'm looking forward to working out my goals for 2018 and pressing forward. Wishing you well, and don't be disheartened, you always seem to pack a huge amount in, you should be proud of all you achieve. I shall look forward to hearing about your new non-fiction project. CJ xx

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    1. Well done on the paid writing! Can't wait to hear your goals for 2018, I've started thinking about mine already.

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  3. Time is such a slippery creature! Sometimes it seems to stretch out before us and other times, you blink and miss it. Well done on getting back into a routine. Our habits - good and bad - are what determine our success or otherwise and you are doing all the right things to try and find your groove again. The early morning sessions are a good start and you've always been good as setting goals.

    With regards Wordpress, well I'm biased as I left Blogger years ago and haven't looked back. You can migrate all of your existing content, so nothing will be lost, but you will need to try to convince your current followers to subscribe again once you make the move. It's much easier to get a nice template and I just think it's a more elegant platform. I'll put my tin hat on and expect some abuse from the loyal Blogger fans out there!

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    1. Thank for sharing your Wordpress experiences. :-)

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  4. as my papa said, "Just keep on keeping on."

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  5. Hi Maria, and I share many of the same problems. So many plans, so little time! In fact, I’m only managing to post on my writing blog once a month, which is terrible. My most successful blog is about walking, not writing. As for Wordpress, I heartily recommend it. Some people find it has a steep learning curve, but it gives you far more control, You can import your Blogger blog directly into Wordpress, so won’t lose any of your old posts. Anyway, will be interested to hear how you progress.

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    1. Hi Ruth, good to hear from you - I hope productivity on the writing blog improves for you, and thank you for your thoughts on Wordpress.

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  6. I've been blogging, but it's starting to feel as though that's getting in the way of my writing. Perhaps I need to cut back?

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    1. Mmm, I think a lot of people look forward to your blog posts, however, sometimes we have to do what suits us. What about changing to fortnightly posts?

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  7. I'm having trouble keeping up with my blog too, Maria, partly because I'm concentrating on so many other bits of social media and writing of course! I don't think I'll be changing from blogger as I still like it and I have a separate website anyway.

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    1. Hi Rosemary, I can see why you wouldn't want to swap if your website is already up and running.

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  8. I've had a lot of similar issues this year Maria, and as frustrating as it is, you have done some writing.

    I have a Wordpress blog on my Serena Lake site, and it's a bit confusing at first and whenever they make changes, but once you're used to it you'll be okay.

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