For someone who has been extolling the wonders of treating writing like a real job and crowing about finally getting things done on that front this year, I sure have been quiet on the business front of things. Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty out-of-sorts, but a downfall recently involving some unexpected parking tickets (and well deserved; I was an idiot who wasn’t paying attention to my tail end blocking someone’s driveway in the snow) made me sort of wake up to the fact that I need to get my act together. I need to regain my focus and get back on the path with clarity and purpose.
To regain that focus and restart my momentum, I’m thinking I might pursue something I’ve always dreaded: a posting schedule. I realize that my aversion to being held down by any sort of regimen on my blog was childish; after all, in a professional business, things are scheduled constantly to keep things running smoothly and progressing. My writing shouldn’t be any different, and by planning ahead on specific themes, I know I can meet the challenge of producing at least three posts a week.
So here’s what you can expect from this blog going forward:
Meatless Mondays: While I don’t necessarily want to be known as a food blogger (I’m a writer, dammit!), I have been toying around with the idea of doing a little recipe sharing here and there. Now, for nearly two years now, I’ve been vegan, and I absolutely love it. So every day is Meatless Monday to me, but, since Meatless Monday has been gaining popularity as A Thing, I decided maybe to take advantage of it and post one of my vegan recipes every Monday and talk a little about veganism because, really, it’s become a huge part of my life, and if I can infuse a little veganism into the world with a post here and there, that’s awesome.
Review Wednesdays: Because I love sharing my thoughts about other works and it’s a great way to promote other authors, I want to get at least one review out a week. This means having to finish a book every week, too, which will help me out with my 100 Books goal.
Promotion Friday: Promotion is incredibly important in the indie world, and I definitely want to help do my part to spread the word about awesome stuff. So, every Friday, I would love to have a post where everyone can come and promote whatever they’d like. Books they’ve published, books their friends have published, useful blog posts, exciting contests, special deals, writerly merch, anything at all. I think it would be great to have a place for people to come and shamelessly shill and hopefully discover some new stuff, too.
Clearly, this all starts next Monday, where you can look forward to an absolutely amazing Brussels sprouts recipe I can’t get enough of lately. Hope you like spicy, because it’s definitely got some kick.
Also, while you’re here(and it is Friday), go check out Chuck Wendig’s post about how all publishing options are pretty much awesome and the key thing to remember is that we have those options, and that’s why being a writer in these days completely rocks. This is something that we need to be appreciating every damn day, and Chuck Wendig is always excellent at vocalizing it in a wonderful way.
Until next time, happy writing!