This blog has been MIA so long I wouldn’t blame you if you’d lumped it in with the many attempted and failed on-line journals. The countless blogs started and stopped, left abandoned and forgotten.
So many gone, defunct, and perished.
Well…this little bit of cyber real estate is far from buying the proverbial farm. She may be hard to hear in the horde of internet noise, but she has many years of life left in her. She only needs to be persistent and shout louder.
Cold as marble is something this place will only experience on a vampire feature Immortal Monday. Yeah, you heard that right…Immortal Monday (Soon to return on the first Monday of the month).
Dead, deceased, passed on. We don’t do that here. We push through!
I learned that lesson long ago.
A large part of life is learning. Making adjustments based on what we learn is how we eventually get to that better place. The place we strive for. The place where reality and desires coexist. Sometimes getting there, part of the process, requires you to slow down, step back, take a long, solid look at where you are and where you want to go.
That’s where I’ve been. Where I went missing. When you’re moving down the blogging tracks at the rate of a runaway steam engine it can be impossible to see what you need to, everything turns into a blur around you. With a pause, a breather, clarity can be obtained.
Four months of silence. Four months of process. Four months and I think I’ve got it figured out. This is what I saw:
1. Silence in the eye of the social storm.
A. First, focus on the home front. Get all your little monsters in order. Go ahead, take whatever time you need. We’ll wait. You can’t be successful in other areas for any true length of time if home command is falling to pieces and bringing mounds of stress down upon you.
B. Got those monsters trained? Spouse, kiddos, family, friends, and neighbors? Now you can analyze the areas where you need work. Determine your priorities. For each of us it will be different. As a writer, I needed to find time for family, writing, social media, research, editing, and so on. I suggest moving forward in small doses. Get familiar and comfortable in one area before moving on and adding the next area to your agenda. Set aside your largest block of free time for the most important task, smaller blocks for areas that are necessary, but not as critical.
Social media – get in and get out. Time yourself or you’ll lose your day.
Twitter: I suggest scheduling your tweets the night before, then jumping in twice during the day to chat live.
Facebook: Pop in a few times during the day (approx. three or four). Know your circle of friends, don’t overtake their feed with your posts. Practice control.
Pinterest: I pin when prompted by others who pin from me, or when needing to generate a story idea. It’s nice to pin or like from someone who pins or likes one of your pins. Regular visits is recommended to build your relationships. Commenting on pins is the best way to accomplish this.
Google/G+: I’m still working my way back to G+, but I’ll be looking to post a few times a week. Make friends. Don’t just throw up your post and run. Learn from Rebecca Enzor, she’s working it beautifully.
Instagram: I’m new to the world of instant photo share, as my page will tell, but like any other platform…little steps. A share a day and build away!
(Notice the common link running from site to site? Stay consistent with the presence you promote. Face, bio, tag lines – they all matter. You’re fans want someone they can depend on. Be that someone.)
If you need help in the realm of social media, if you’re feeling lost and flustered when you step out into the twitter zone, the G+ forum, Elena Dillion is holding a Social Media Class for the terrified and confused. It runs from April 14th to May 11th and covers Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram. Check it out here!
2. The two-step with Father Time.
It’s no secret that time management is essential in this time starved millennium. There is no magic answer or fix. There are, however, things you can do to increase your productivity with what limited time you do have. Check out the following informative posts:
3. Jump down the vole hole of creativity!
Yes, vole hole. My yard is full of them. I like to imagine one of them leads to Alice’s Wonderland.
Once you’ve established your surrounding cone of silence, beaten your mini monsters into order, and established your priorities and goals, you want your creativity to EXPLODE!
Mine has been busy and we’ll talk about that in another post. I’ve found that stepping away from a project is usually the best way to get the idea wheel unstuck when you feel burdened and your writer’s genius is sunk in the mud. If that doesn’t work for you, here are a few great idea stimulators:
Creativity and Brainstorming Videos With Isochronic Tones… Thanks to Melinda VanLone for this find
Never let the world of creativity become a stress factor in your life. Remember to always put yourself first and tackle one thing at a time until you find your comfort zone. You’ve heard the term ‘Baby steps.’ Apply it. Soon enough you’ll be grooving and shaking a brilliant beat.
What are some of the practices you’ve employed that have worked well? Where could you stand to change and what could you do to improve on your current practices?