Have I bitten off more than I can chew?
Writing is a very lonely undertaking, and anything we can do to foster a sense of community is valuable. The way the Campaign is now organised into sub-groups with similar writing interests or geographic locations is also great. I see this as an invaluable networking opportunity, and I love meeting new like-minded types and talking writing.
But I'll freely admit it. I'm no master of time management. Like many out there, I'm a fritterer. And the internet is the ultimate tool for time wasting. Who hasn't found themselves opening up a web browser to look up one little thing, and untangled themselves from a distant, seductive tendril of the web hours later feeling dazed and confused?
Okay, maybe I'm on my own with that one...
Suffice it to say that when I've been doing my social media stuff lately, my browser page has a tab open for Twitter, and one for my Yahoo groups, and one for Gmail, and one for this blog...and I really haven't been getting much writing done. Of the creative, novel writing sort.
For some, I know that their blog is an end in itself. Something they derive great pleasure from, and enjoy spending time on. That's true of me too, to some extent. But as far as I'm concerned, if this blog gets in the way of me writing, it's a distraction I need to limit. I need to find a better balance, and something's got to give.
So. I've made a commitment to support other bloggers in my Campaign groups for the next two months, and I absolutely intend to uphold that commitment, as far as I'm able. But it'll have to be in a more reactive way than it has been in the past. If you're a campaigner and you come to visit me and follow or comment, I'll certainly return the favour, and please remind me if I haven't!
But I'm going to let you make the first move.
This time...I won't be the first one to go around and follow everyone's blogs. I did that last campaign when there were over two hundred participants (before the lovely Rach changed the guidelines so that we only attempt to follow our own groupmates). It took me well over a week - hours and hours - to visit and follow so many blogs, and many, many of them didn't return the favour, which for me, kind of defeated the purpose of having put in so much effort. Sorry for grumbling about it to people who weren't even involved, but I wanted you to know where I was coming from!
I'm a less frequent poster than many, with usually a maximum of four posts per month (and less than that lately due to small baby). So if you're posting every day, I can guarantee I won't be able to keep up! But when I do visit I'll often read and comment on more than one post to make up for lost time. I love nothing better than trawling through a blog's past posts. (Did I mention I'm easily distracted?)
So - two for the price of one. Can't do better than that!
And to my lovely followers who predate this most recent Campaign, rest assured, one of the reasons I wrote this post was to reassure you that like usual, I'll be running late, and I'll be intermittent, but I'll still be making time to visit the blogs I already know and love. When I'm not writing.
Also - apologies if this post sounds like a bit of a rant. 4 month old baby boy is ensuring I'm not getting much sleep lately...and sleep shortage = GRUMPY. I'm normally nice. Really! (see smiley face above for proof)