changing it up

July 24, 2009

For the past several months, I have been posting 5 reviews a week. And for a lot of that time, I felt like it was a good, easy pace for me to keep up with. 

But lately, I have been bogged down by it. I feel that every free moment I have, I am sitting here on this computer pounding out a book review. 

For some reason, the reviews are taking me a lot longer to finish these days. That could be a result of my mind growing more feeble OR maybe I'm just writing better reviews. I like to think it's the latter. 

I have learned so much in the past few months--about my writing and about blogging. When I worked for a textbook publishing company, we wrote longer articles with much more detailed paragraphs--but now, with a blog, I realize those long paragraphs are completely inappropriate for this format. 

White space is so necessary between words--otherwise, the reader goes cross-eyed easily. It makes me cringe to look back at my earliest posts--you know, the ones that are one big block of text. 

I have to fight the urge to not go back and edit them--space them up--free up the words--but I resist. Mostly because if I did that, then I wouldn't have any time for my newer, more improved posts, but also because I like having them there to show my growth--evidence of where I've come from. 

It's like keeping the bad pictures along with the good ones on your digital camera--the ones where your eyes are closed or your husband has a crazed look in his eyes or your daughter is staring off blankly into the distance. I like looking at those as much as the pretty, artistic ones because they remind me that we aren't perfect, that we are real people. And funny ones at that.

So, I think for the next few months, I will be giving myself a bit of a break and only posting 3 posts a week. That seems like a reasonable goal. My hope is that by cutting back on the quantity, I can put more energy into upping the quality. 

Thanks for reading.  

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2 comments:

Antmusic said...

I wish I could post a lot on my Blog, but there are only so many hours with a full time job and two kids... ha ha. I have a lot of amazing books, great illustrators, and awesome authors that I want to make people aware of... Darn time, where's that pause button! Ha ha.

Great Blog, keep it up!

silly eagle said...

I know what you mean about not having enough time! You're blog is great too--I look forward to reading more from you--thanks so much for stopping by.

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