New Plan: why I am starting to post only once a week

Copyright Geoff Sirkel

 

After much thought, prayer, and discussion with my husband, I’ve made the decision to start blogging a little less for now.

 

I realize this really isn’t a big announcement or earth-shattering revelation for anyone, but I felt I should at least offer a heads-up and explanation for the faithful few who read my ramblings. (Thank you, by the way, to you who are reading this right now – I appreciate your support and encouragement!)

 

This decision wasn’t an easy one for me because when I launched this blog four months ago I made the commitment to myself that I was going to be disciplined and stick with this, posting twice a week with few exceptions.

 

Now I feel a little like I’m breaking a promise, and being lazy.

 

I really do enjoy writing. This blog is a place where I can hone my skills while (ideally) engaging in conversation about things I care about. It’s great… and it’s a lot of work. It’s fun and rewarding, yet also frustrating and discouraging all rolled up into one.

 

But it’s a first step toward someday.

 

So what are my reasons for cutting my posting frequency in half? I have three… and while they sound a little bit like excuses, I’ve come to the conclusion that they are sound and legitimate reasons that I shouldn’t be ashamed of. [“of which I shouldn’t be ashamed,” I know, I know… but proper grammar and I don’t always agree.]

 

Okay, without further ado, here they are:

 

 1. I am identifying and reordering my priorities.

While improving my writing skills, finding my niche, and building my audience are important priorities for me, they don’t top my list right now. I really do want to pursue a career in writing, and I know that this is a good place to start, but I’ve realized that right now, other things come first – namely: less stress, more sleep, and more time with my family without a self-imposed posting deadline hanging over my head.

2. I am choosing quality over quantity.

There are arguments for both sides, but when it comes down to it, I typically go with my gut feeling, and my gut feeling right now is saying “less is more” – or some such cliché. I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of blogs out there that interest me, and I’m signed up for updates from quite a few of them. And I must admit, the ones that pop up in my inbox every day get ignored pretty regularly. But the emails that come more rarely, once a week or less, almost always get opened and read. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Or maybe I honestly find more value in the less verbose bloggers who write when they have something to say, not just because it’s another day. While there’s definitely something to be said for the discipline of consistency, (and I’m a pretty big fan of consistency, just ask my boss), in this case, I’m leaning toward quality over quantity.

3. I am acknowledging that this isn’t permanent.

This posting reduction is only a season. My someday will come. No, not in a waiting-for-destiny kind of way, but in a I’m-going-to-make-it-happen kind of way. For now, I am choosing to be patient. My envisioned writing career will not be launched overnight, no matter if I post once a week or every day. It takes time and work, a lot of work. I have been blogging for four months. I have nine subscribers. Nine. And four are related to me and one is me. True confessions right there. Am I discouraged? Naw. Like I said, this is just a season. My someday will come. I will make sure of that.

 

 

So, my plan as of right now is to post once a week, usually on Wednesdays. For a season.

 

And someday… well, we’ll see.

 

 

Don’t be shy – give me some feedback!

What do you think; do you agree or disagree with my reasons? And are these legitimate reasons, or are they merely excuses? Be honest.