Beyond The Words
I’m 21 days into my 80 Days To New Years blog series. Wow, how time flies. In less than two months, 2018 will be knocking on our doors.
This daily blogging that I took upon myself is turning out to be a more significant challenge than I ever thought it would be. Yet, I’m finding that I love it.
Three years ago, when I turned writing into a career, I had to take into consideration the baggage that goes along with it—taking a significant cut in my income, public exposure, maintaining my social media presence, blogging, and the list goes on.
Not only did I not like the baggage that comes with writing, but I also had a lot of opinions about it. If you missed my earlier blog, catch up now and read what I had to say about blogging. It was a big struggle. I hated everything about it: coming up with topics, deciding what to say and what not to say, perfecting how to deliver my opinion correctly without offending people, learning not to delve into politics, and so on.
More than anything, I resent the time involved with blogging. It’s not only the time it takes to write the content, but also everything else that is involved with finalizing the blog post: selecting photos, designing the blog on my website before publishing it and posting it on Facebook.
My other concern was—and still is—that the time spent on blogging could be better used on finishing my next book.
Who would believe that I would get into a series of 80 daily blogs? No one. Even my editor thought it was a lot to take on, responding with “Good luck.” I took it as if not everyone had faith in me. Fine, I thought.
Today, 21 days into this big challenge, I have yet to miss one day of blogging and I am enjoying it. Furthermore, I even manage to find time to continue working on my next book in the Pinnacle series—not a lot of time, but some.
While blogging does take up a good chunk of my time and slows down progress on my other projects, it also has its benefits. It keeps my readers closer to me, it attracts new readers, and lastly, it makes me a better writer.
Indeed, so far so good. I’m not only on it, but I’m also in it.
If you’re considering writing or are looking for ways to enhance your writing, start blogging today. Otherwise, just kick back and enjoy my blogs.
Thank you for reading my work. Every one of you inspires me to write more.