Ever been in a relationship where your significant other sat you down and said, “It’s time for a change”? (That always sounds ominous, doesn’t it?) Perhaps you were the one who sat someone down and gave that speech. If you or someone you love felt taken for granted or wondered where the magic had gone, perhaps that was the catalyst for initiating the “time for a change” talk.
Are you sitting down? Good. It’s time for a change.
Over the last few days, I’ve thought about this blog and the fact that lately I seem to be repeating myself. Some of the repetition is due to absent-mindedness—a product of the various stressors in my life, along with a need to complete my novel (not exactly a stressor).
To avoid stagnation, I mulled over my options. Cut down on posting? Give up the blog altogether? The latter was not an option I considered for long. After all, relationships take commitment. And I’m committed to this blog and to you who read it.
They’re committed, too, though you might not wish to know exactly to what they’re committed.
So cutting back to posting once a week was the best option for the time being. I don’t want to wear out my welcome after all. I’ll see how that posting schedule plays out. However, I might occasionally have to post twice a week for special events like interviews, cover reveals, and other book-related announcements.
Ironically, this is my second post this week. But I had to post again in order to make the announcement about posting once a week. 🙂 I haven’t decided yet on what day I’ll post from now on. I’m mulling that over.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll continue leaving the light on for me. 🙂 Have a great rest of the week!
Clock from sweetclipart.com. Lamp from clipartlord.com.
Don’t worry, the light is always on in my feed reader.
Well I’m glad you’re not giving up your blog altogether! With my blog, I just post when I have something to say, (I know, my wife says I never shut up), and don’t commit myself to any schedule. Even if it’s a day when I have a (irregular) series of posts for, like Friday (Claws For The Weekend) or Tuesday (Hammer Chooseday). I think we should just post when we feel like posting, so we are never nailed to a schedule so it begins to feel like a chore. Sometimes life gets in the way, and we have to put a post off for a day or two. I enjoy your posts, and I’m happy to read them whenever you post them. No demands! Though I like chocolate 🙂
Ha ha! I like chocolate too, Andy.
I agree that we should post whenever we feel like it. Or if others offer us chocolate. 😀 I enjoy posting. Perhaps my next post should be about chocolate.
Change is a good thing and there comes a time for all of us when it is better to embrace it – whether it be in our personal, professional or blogging lives! Identifying the need for change and acting on it is a noble thing. So pleased you won’t be gone for good! 😀
Thank you! You’re right. Embracing change is good. I’m such a creature of habit. I usually fight change tooth and nail.
“It’s time for a change” is as bad as, “We need to talk.”
You’ll figure it out, L. Marie. Once a week has worked well for me…most of the time. 🙂
I thought of you when I considered once a week. I enjoy your weekly posts, Jill. 🙂
Yes. “We need to talk” always gives me goose bumps. 😦
Thanks, L. Marie! 🙂
Sure! I hope we can get in some Hallmark movies over the weekend. 😀
Me too! Last weekend was good. Of course, poor Derek was “forced” to watch Cedar Cove. Ha!
Ha ha! He probably secretly enjoys it. I still haven’t broken down and watched it. I see the commercials all the time and don’t know what’s going on!
He said this evening, “I’ve gotten used to it.” Whatever that means! ha ha!
I think that means he likes it! 🙂
Hopefully it’s just a slowdown and you can return to a bigger schedule down the road. You never know when a flood of ideas will hit you for blog posts. I’m actually coming to the end of my topic list, so I’ll be struggling in October. So it happens, especially when life gets chaotic and you come close to burnout. Have fun with the changes.
Wow. But you still have enough topics for October. I admire that.
Do you have me on your list for your book debut?
I’ve actually got nothing for October. I think I have you on the list. Not on the computer that has the list, but I’m sure you responded.
Okay. I can email you too.
I think you’ll find that a good fit. I cut down to once-a-week posting long ago (sometimes I go two weeks without posting), and it helped free up time for me. Plus, it’s probably easier for others to keep up with a blog that doesn’t post as frequently. Happy writing!
Good point, Carrie! And thank you. I’m working on a chapter right now, but took a break to answer comments. 🙂
Nothing wrong with changing things up. Once I stared blogging I realized the time involved. I realized I couldn’t blog as much as I’d like and try to post Tuesdays and Fridays. But, that’s not always the case either. Glad you’re changing things up and not breaking up with us. 🙂
Hi, Geralyn. I’d like to stick around. This is a good place to hang out. 🙂
Tuesdays and Thursdays–great days to post!
I post 57.14% less than I used to post . . . it’s great!
For me and readers.
Enjoy your new posting schedule.
Wow. And you know the percentage! Woot! Your posts are always entertaining, Nancy. I need to get my spark back.
have the habit to post once a week since 2011 ( on Xanga ) and I continue here on WordPress. My rule is one idea per post . So since 2011, I have produced 788 creative sparkles in my head and it is enough! If not I would risk to explode !! 🙂
What a good plan, Michel. That gives me hope. Thank you. 🙂
I think it’s great that you’re assessing your priorities and what you need right now! Happy to support you! 🙂
I’d love to interview you about your book!
Always happy to see one of your posts however often you choose! Blogging is a commitment indeed, and I often struggle to think of things to fill non-book review days. Cutting back sounds like a good plan… 🙂
Your reviews are so good though. 🙂 I admire the fact that you read and review so many books. 🙂
Change is (almost) always good. I only post once a week now, except for special announcements, and I’m glad I cut back. Once a week is much more manageable for me. I’m not sure if Monday is the best day since I struggle to keep up with comments during the week, but it’s nice to have the weekend to prepare. I know what my faults are: master procrastinator. I could write my posts on the weekend and just schedule them for later, but I know if I change my schedule to later in the week, I’ll get lazy and wind up frantically working during the week to put together a post. And I need a schedule. Again, if I let myself only post when the feeling moves me, I probably wouldn’t post at all or very little. Knowing I’ve made a commitment to Mondays keeps me blogging 😉 And I’m super glad you’re not giving up the blog altogether. That much change would not be good for your readers 🙂
Thanks, Marie. I’m also a master procrastinator too. I never schedule posts. I never have more than one written. 😀 I need to give some thought to a topics list.
Yes, every week I tell myself, “Look, I can write up and schedule 4 posts. Easy-peasy.” I haven’t done it yet 😉
Wow. Four! I can barely think of one!
I thought with posting only once a week, I could write up 4 posts over one weekend and just schedule them. Ha ha ha ha … yeah, never going to happen. Just writing one sucks me dry 😉
I hear you! For some reason, I usually crave cake right after I post.
Listening to your inner guide is always the best way. 👍
True! Thanks for stopping by, Val! I enjoyed your post!
Glad you’re not leaving altogether! I’ve been thinking the same thing with TPL. Change is always good, in my opinion at least.
Do you think you’ll post fewer times?
It’s possible. I’ve cut down to four times a week–give or take.
I’m already experiencing withdrawal at the thought of going postless on Monday. I’ll see how long I can take this.
“Give up the blog altogether? The latter was not an option I considered for long. After all, relationships take commitment. And I’m committed to this blog and to you who read it.”
You are an inspiration to me and my own ups & downs with blogging…still slogging towards the 2 year mark. 😉
Change is good, especially when it frees up time for the best things rather than sticking with just the good things…ya know? And if I’d known you were hiding behind this lovely blog instead of focusing more on your novel, I would have taken you into the kitchen for an auntie talk!!!! 😀
Thank you, Laura! Please feel free to give me the auntie talk. 🙂 I remember the days when my mom and aunts would gather in the kitchen of our old house in Chicago and talk to me when I was a kid. I didn’t want to talk much then. I thought adult conversations were boring. My frontal lobe needed to kick in. 🙂
We have so much in common…even the ‘old house in Chicago’ times of our lives. Will write e-mail soon to connect…but am leaving you space to WORK ON THAT NOVEL!
That would be lovely! And I will! This weekend though I took a break and hung out with friends. 🙂
Well, L. Marie, I actually thought I’d posted a comment, then my computer started misbehaving (or, actually, it was trying to dissuade a bug). At any rate, please know that I will read you whenever you post, participate in the conversations, and remain in awe of your writing and provocative posts.
Good wishes as you continue to write your new novel – and take some time to enjoy these dog days of summer. You are wonderful, L. Marie. 🙂
Thank you, Penny. And you know I enjoy your lovely posts. I wish I had an arbor!
I’m sorry your computer has been misbehaving. Mine throws a tantrum now and again. But it’s pretty old. Not sure if this is an aspect of computer dementia or not. I hope yours is better.
The light definitely stays on, even though I do tend to drift in and out of blogging a bit. Glad you decided to stick with the blog though, it would have been very sad if you’d decided to give it up. And I hope you find the right balance for you and your blog! God knows I’m still searching for the right schedule and plan for mine!
You and me both, Celine! I enjoyed your Day in the Life of post. 🙂 I commented on it.
I’m glad you’ve decided to keep your blog and have found a more manageable schedule for you. I’ve generally found that 5-7 days between posts is the sweet spot for me, but I’ve gone two weeks without posting at times.
Lyn, you’re so busy with other things. I’m glad you found a schedule that works for you. 🙂
What did you think of the LEGO Brickumentary?
Linda, sometimes it’s not so much what’s said, but what’s not said that counts. I know your struggle, if we can call it that. Finding the right tempo for posting on the blog is difficult, but I know you’ll find yours. I’ve gone ahead with trying to keep my weekly recap post, but other than that, the rest are pretty random!
I’m glad you’re changing things up. We all need that every once in awhile.
Thanks, Phillip. 🙂
I’m not sure you could wear out your welcome, ever. 🙂 Since I’m a once a week reader anyway, i guess this won’t affect me too much. I always enjoy your posts. They’re so often thought-provoking and I think you and I would be the kind of folks who could sit and jabber over tea for several hours together. I hope the stressors causing you issues let up soon. 🙂
Thank you. I think so too, ReGi. 🙂 I can picture us jabbering. That would be fun. 🙂
Once a week sounds good. That’s what I’ve been doing for quite a while. It’s about all I can handle and still get other things done.
I know what you mean, Nicki. 🙂