What Do You Want To Learn?

It’s been a long day. I woke up sick and I feel like I haven’t been sick like this in a while.

Then I realized I never wrote a blog post for today because I was lazy yesterday. No problem, I’d be feeling better within a few hours. Nope. It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and I’m still on the couch.

Since I can’t do a typical post, I thought I’d ask something I was going to ask within the next week.

What do you want to see more of?

I’ve talked about editing, character development, short stories, themes, and more. There’s a lot more to be said about the writing world including reading. Or maybe you want to learn more about blogging and marketing or social media.

February will be all about world building and I have a few ideas for upcoming months, but not for the whole year. So, please tell me what you want to learn more about.

Let me know in the comments below. I’d appreciate it!

Tomorrow should be back to regular blog posts providing I can stare at my laptop screen long enough.

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Inspiration Station: WordPress Blog Share

It’s 5:30 in the morning and I’ve been sitting at my computer trying to figure out what to write for today’s post.

I usually have it planned and written a week in advance, but I’ve been so busy lately that I never got a chance to write today’s post.

I have plenty of ideas, but those require actual thinking and planning. So I’m going to change course and do something a bit different today.

IS WordPress Blog Share (1)

I follow a lot of people on WordPress. I talk to a lot of people and have made many friends because of my blog. I always “like” and “comment” and share the occasional post on Twitter, but I don’t think I’ve ever really expressed how much I enjoy other blogs.

Today I’m only going to showcase three other blogs because otherwise this post would be extremely long. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but I will definitely do another post like this in the near future (this may become a mini-series).

First up is Sacha Black. She is a wonderful writer who constantly posts tips and tricks of the trade as well as writing prompts every Wednesday. She also created an awesome real life event called Bloggers Bash. I unfortunately couldn’t go this year, but maybe next year. Check her out–she’s awesome.

Next is Skye Hegyes. She is a fabulous writer who blogs about writing and her own writing journey. She has a few short story and poetry collections published as well as a novel, which you can learn about here. I would recommend giving her a follow.

Then there’s Herminia at AspiringWriter22. I’m pretty sure she was my first best friend on WordPress and we chat every day. She also blogs about writing and books and also just life in general. I’d go check her out as well.

So there’s that. Three blogs I really enjoy reading all the time.

And in case you were wondering, I decided to put this as an Inspiration Station post because these people inspire me to be a better writer. I hope they inspire you too.

Scheduling My Life

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Summer is (unfortunately) coming to a close. School is going to start back up whether we like it or not; which means I’m going to have to go back to work.

I love my job; I love the kids and my co-workers. The hours are ideal even though the pay could be better (isn’t that like every other job?).

Despite that, I have to admit that I’m dreading going back to work. I’ve gotten a lot done this summer when it comes to my blog, my writing, and even reading. I’ve had a good system going and I’m afraid that all of that is going to be–for lack of a better word–ruined once work starts back up.

I work Monday through Friday for six and half hours each day. I’m also going to be babysitting three afternoons a week right after work. That’s a new family, too. I’m sure I’ll be babysitting for the other family as well, so it’s possible I may be babysitting four or five days a week.

Plus, Sunday school is going to start up as well. So that’s another thing on my to-do list.

My biggest concern is that I’m not going to be able to keep up with my writing. I love teaching, but writing is what I really want to do for a career. It’s hard to balance starting that while needing to have a day job–plus more.

I decided a schedule for myself about a month ago. I kept to it for about a week and then I went on vacation; twice. So I never really got a chance to test it out.

I don’t start back to work until the second week of September. So until then I’m going to try out this schedule and see how it goes. That way I can get as much done as I can before work starts and also–hopefully–be able to ease the two schedules together when the time comes.

Sunday: Sunday school plans; I want to write my lesson plans well in advance. That way I can leave Sundays open. I can write, blog, do extra Sunday school things, or relax and have a day off.

Monday-Thursday & Saturday: Write; Before or after work/babysitting, I want to get at least one or two hours of writing or editing done. For Saturdays, Kris and I will hopefully still have the opportunity to go to Barnes & Noble and write. That will give me a good couple of hours to get some things done.

Friday: Blog; My posts for Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday are the only posts that are not planned and not written in advance. All the other days are planned and written ahead of time so I just have to hit the “publish” button on WordPress and be on my merry way. I hope to spend an hour or two on Fridays working on blog posts. That way I can have a few weeks done in advance.

Balancing writing with a day job and life in general is tough; especially when you have a lot on your plate and many ambitions like I do.

How do you schedule your writing to fit in with your day job?

 

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Happy 3 BDay Blog

Last Thursday, May 14, was the third anniversary–or birthday as I like to call it–of my blog and how long I’ve been on WordPress. I find that to be a huge accomplishment!

When I first started this blog I didn’t see myself still blogging three years later. I started this blog because I knew it was a great way to be recognized as a writer. Well, three years later and I’m still not published, but I’ve still come a long way.

My writing has improved greatly (as far as I can tell) and so has my blog. I’ve been blogging on a daily basis, have regular features, have a steady followship (I just made that word up!), I have my own domain name, and my blog actually means something to not just me, but to my readers as well.

My blog isn’t about promoting my writing. Sure, the recognition is still nice for when I do get published, but my blog has become more than that; it’s about my readers.

All of you guys have given me such wonderful advice regarding writing and blogging. I’ve made so many WordPress friends over the past few years. I’m not going to link to anyone because I’m afraid I’ll forget someone, but you should know who you are!

My blog has evolved immensely over the years and it’s because of all my readers. I don’t know if I would still be blogging if it weren’t for you guys reading, liking, and commenting on my posts. The WordPress community is certainly a great one; especially the writers.

With being said, I have a month-long feature coming up in June that I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks. I hope you guys look forward to that and enjoy it because I’m having a good time coming up with the posts for it.

I didn’t mean for this post to sound like an acceptance speech and I didn’t mean for it to come off as corny or too sappy. Sorry about that, but all of you guys do mean a lot to mean me. So… I guess in addition to the heads-up about my June feature, I’ll give you another heads-up.

Since we love you all so much, Kris and I have been working on something special. That won’t be coming until the middle of August. It’s something private between us and our WordPress buddies–and it’s writing related. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter until August is here and we’re ready to announce it. So I hope you all look forward to that as well!

So, happy third birthday to my blog! Let’s hope there are many more years to come.

Bloglovin’

Show of hands: who knows what Bloglovin’ is?

I’m sure most, if not all, know exactly what it is since we’re all bloggers here.

Bloglovin’ is basically a giant catalog of blogs from WordPress, Blogger, Blogspot, etc. It’s an easier way to follow more blogs you love and they’re conveniently all in one place for you.

Show of hands: guess whose blog is on Bloglovin’?

Mine, of course. I don’t know if someone put my blog on there or if Bloglovin’ is one of those sites that just knows these things, but I found it. So I claimed it as my own because, well… it’s mine.

With that being said, if you’re on Bloglovin’ feel free to follow me through there as well as here.

I went through a found a few of my WordPress friends on Bloglovin’ and started following them on there as well. Some blogs I couldn’t find. Again, I’m not sure how Bloglovin’ works because my blog was already on there and I didn’t post it. I just found out it existed not too long ago.

There’s my shameless plugging for the day. Follow me here, follow me there, follow me everywhere! You guys know where to find me.

Speaking of that, my Contact Me page has been updated.

Happy Monday, everyone!