I’m not going to stick to a blogging schedule, except for my guest bloggers, of course. Their calendar is over there in the right sidebar so you know who’s coming for a visit and when. Mystery/thriller writer Rex Burns is my guest on Thursday, and he’s giving away a copy of Crude Carrier, a Touchstone Agency mystery.
I also have a pretty tight routine for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog — but I have a very good co-editor, Julie Kazimer, to share the responsibility. Check out her post today about resolutions versus goals, and why goal-setting is better. I’ll be posting there on the RMFW Blog as a regular contributor the first Monday of the month the rest of 2015.
But that’s it!
Schedules are a pain in the butt when we take them too far.
The pressure of coming up with a coherent blog post on certain days to publish at certain times was too much for me. I’d freeze, think hard, then post nothing at all. Writing semi-coherent nonsense whenever I feel like it suits me so much better.
I have a big problem scheduling writing time, too. The ability to dedicate a specific block of time each day never works for me. What does work is binge writing over a block of days. I’m so productive on a writing retreat I amaze myself (that photo at the left is from a 2012 retreat at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch which was devastated by flood waters the next year).
Mini-writing retreats at home are almost as good, even with the cat on my lap, pinning my left hand under her head as her pillow. I can type pretty fast right-handed.
I’m doing another one of those mini-retreats Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until the start of the Super Bowl, but I may take my laptop to the library for some solid two-handed writing time.
Now about the changes….
I have a creative designer friend working on a new website/blog combination for me with the goal of taking it live sometime in May. That and the April knee surgery are the main reasons I’m not scheduling any guest authors after April 2nd. Once the new site is done and I know how to use it, I’ll start scheduling guests again.
For now, keep your eye on this site for announcements, my wonderful scheduled guests, and more amazingly boring blog posts from yours truly wherein I dump a variety of opinions and observations no one cares about except me. But humor me. From time to time I might even post something fun.
Did you read all the guest posts I’ve done here and there lately?
Three of my favorites are:
It’s Never Too Late to Try Something New at Buried Under Books
The Joy of Being an Eclectic Reader at Susan Says
My Love Affair with Fat Ass Sammy Grick at Death on Nostalgia City
A few thoughts about blog book tours…
The thought of meticulously arranging a tight blog book tour schedule made my skin crawl and my body tense up as if I were a football quarterback who sees the blitz coming before he goes down.
I did it the easy way by touching base with one or two bloggers at a time, setting up the date, writing the posts, then going on to the next one or two bloggers. It was nice and relaxed, and my friends didn’t get sick of following me from place to place every day over a two or three week period.
The idea behind a blog book tour is solid, but I think a lot of writers schedule too many posts too close together. Many hit the same audience over and over by staying within a small network of bloggers. We need to expand our network (and one of the ways we do that is to serve as hosts for guest authors from a wide variety of genres).
As a reader who loves to promote other authors, I have to admit I usually stop reading blog tour posts about day three. After that, I may check in when the tour is over, looking for one or two post titles that intrigue me. I don’t usually read posts from a character’s point of view or interviews of characters, although I know some readers enjoy that a lot.
The blog book tours I like best are the ones that don’t focus exclusively on the new book release. Once I have a bit of information about the book, I’d lots rather hear about the author’s writing life, travels, great anecdotes, philosophy, etc.
But that’s just me.
Okay….that’s it for today. What do you think? Do schedules rule/ruin your life? Can you type pretty fast with just your dominant hand? How do you feel about doing or following an author’s blog book tour?