A year ago, I cut back on the number of blog posts I would write a week. I used to write every weekday, but I cut back to only three days a week because (1) I was running out of stuff to say, (2) my eyes were getting tired of screens, and (3) less time spent writing blog posts equals more time writing fiction.
I’ve been doing the three-posts-a-week thing for a year now, and I like to reevaluate my schedules from time to time to make sure they’re still working for me. So far, it seems as though three posts a week is working out fine. It’s not so much that I’m using up all my ideas too quickly and having to really rack my brain for stuff to write about, and it’s not so little that I feel like I’m neglecting the blog.
A lot of the time, I hear that some writers don’t blog at all because blogging would be a distraction from “real” writing (i.e., fiction or the stuff they hope to eventually sell). Sometimes I do feel that blogging is a distraction. I’m the type of person who likes to get the shortest jobs done first so I can move on to the big ones, so on Saturday mornings, I write my blogs first, then I move on to the fiction. Sometimes it seems like the blog post is standing in the way, like I have to move it aside to get to what I really want to do.
But it works both ways. Sometimes writing a blog post can be a good segue into writing fiction, almost like a warm-up exercise. Overall, blogging is a help to my writing rather than a hindrance. Do you find blogging to be a distraction from your other writing endeavors?