Feeling Guilty

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I don’t just feel guilty, I am guilty.  Right now I bet your wondering what I’m guilty of.  It is neglect of my blog.  I started out gung-ho blogging everyday.  That went well for awile, and then life  interferred.  I started back again and thought I would do it  three days a week and life did it to me again.  What do you do when your life interfers with  what you want to do.

I have mangaed to get my book, The Tower back to the publisher after reworking it, including a new cover.  I’ve moved back to my home state of Oklahoma, to be closer to my family. I am enjoying being close to my grandchildren.  Being close to the family has a draw back. I haven’t had the time to do any writing because I am to.busy nesting in my new home and playing Nanna.

Writing has taken a back seat to life, so does that make me less of a writer?  How does everyone deal with life and writing?

About shirleymclain930

I am a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I like adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cats. They are like having a house full of three years olds. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.

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  1. Thank you for stopping bymy blog. I’m sure every writer has had the problem of life interfering with the pleasure of writing. I think persurverance is the key word in this situation. Even if life gets in the way and we don’t give up we will make progress.

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  2. Life, I don’t have a life. Just a new big puppy to chase around.

    But seriously. My dumb way to easy blog.

    Stop feeling guilty.

    Find a template you really like and that allows you to optimally organize your subject matter, and that displays new content engagingly. And it’s best to have a footer with multiple widget areas.

    Learn the WordPress 3.0 dropdown menus and utilize them with “pages” to display more and various content. Remember, WordPress is not only a blogging platform but a great CMS. A content management system. Turn older but good post into pages.

    Use the sidebar(s) and widgets to best effect. The text widget is great to show that an update has happened. Ditto for the single image widget. And the recent post and comment widgets help the visitor better navigate and show participation and options.

    Now, how to twenty minute update while writing less then a paragraph. Aggregation. Don’t be afraid of it. Pick your subject or subjects of interest. Find sites that update articles often in those areas. Pull two to three post that you find interesting, and copy and paste a “money” paragraph or two into your post. Link out, but with the “open in a new window,” toggle. You can add brief little “Takes” on the paragraphs, or not. Or just some sentence or two at the beginning of the post. You do that daily and you have a blog. But it just supplements your real blog. Your own writings when you have more time to do so and post.

    Another deal. If you make a longish and “insightful” public comment on some other’s blog, don’t be afraid to use that comment as an original post on your blog. Or the jumping off point for a post. This is a huge time saver.

    A twitter account. Don’t shy await. At least give it a shot. There is a twitter feed widget. When you update twitter your blog is updated.

    You need a public mission statement. You need an about page as well, but you need a mission statement. A paragraph or two about the feel and flow of the why of your blog. I know that comes across all abstract, but give it a shot, and you may find it will help delineate you from the 50,000 new blogs a day on wordpress alone. Display the mission statement in a text widget sidebar of text widget footer area.

    If you get frustrated, and you will, take your blog/site private for a few hours/days, even a week. A little kiss off to the World Wide Why.

    Now I write all this aware that some may not have, as I have, taken advantage of some Woodpress.com premium options. Do these options make what I’m suggesting easier. Yes. But you still can do it without those options.

    If I can help, let me know.

    Regards,
    Doug

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