I Dropped the Ball, Waiting for the SplashPosted: August 10, 2020 Filed under: Blog Content, Writing, Writing to be Read, WtbR Team Members | Tags: Blog Content, Changing Times, Writing to be Read 2 Comments
I dropped the ball. I did. It’s true. Many of you may have noticed that posts by me have been virtually non-existant the past couple of months, including regularly scheduled book reviews, theme posts and author interviews, as well as my “Chatting with the Pros” monthly series. I’m sure you’ve all been in a spot at one time or another, when you’ve been completely overwhelmed by responsibilities and obligations. That has been me for the past few months. Me, I’m a go-getter. I set a goal and bulldog my way to it, when need be. I have a habit of taking on many projects simultaneously, but I also follow through on what I start.
But, circumstances often change and unforeseen burdens may be laid upon our shoulders when we least expect it, and we find ourselves juggling more than we can handle. Or at least, I have. Between work, school, my writing and promotions, and personal responsibilities, it seemed more than I could accomplish and something had to give. Actually, I pushed it to the limit until just about everything gave and I was spinning my wheels and getting a lot of nothing done.
I may have dropped the ball, but I’m anticipating the results when it splashes. Sometimes a big splash just makes a mess that needs cleaning up, but a placed splash can water and nourish the surrounding vegetation. Certainly, the regular schedule for Writing to be Read has been disrupted, and the monthly genre themes have gone out the window. I know I have authors I was scheduled to interview who are probably wondering what happened, whom I need to contact. There is some mess to clean up here. But you see, a big splash can be a good thing. That’s why I’m developing a plan, postponing graduation, and re-inventing, or at least making alterations to the WordCrafter brand, including Writing to be Read.
That’s where you come in. I need your help. As I consider various changes, I need to know how my readers would likely respond to them. Please take them time to respond to any or all of the following questions in the comments.
- What types of posts do you enjoy most on Writing to be Read? Author interviews, commentaries, book reviews?
- If I made Writing to be Read a paid blog plan, would readers be willing to help pay for the site on a donation basis? Would you be willing to subscribe for a small fee?
- Would there be interest if I made the “Chatting with the Pros” series into a podcast? Or do you prefer written interviews such as those currently featured here?
- Would you like to see more author and poet interviews? More book or screen reviews? A blog series on screenwriting?
- Which monthly blog series is your favorite: “Chattting with the Pros”, “Words to Live By”, “Growing Bookworms”, “Jeff’s Movie Reviews”, “Craft and Practice”, “Treasuing Poetry”, “Mind Fields”, or “Arthur’s Visual Media Reviews”?
As you might guess from the above, there are changes coming for Writing to be Read and for WordCrafter. I’ve got a great team of bloggers, whom I can always count on, and their posts are all that has kept WtbR going these past few months. My thanks go out to Robbie Cheadle, Jeff Bowles and Art Rosch for providing great content and keeping things rolling during the absence of content from me. As always, you’ll be seeing the scheduled segments from the Writing to be Read team members, even if my posts may still be a little sketchy for a while. Stay tuned for updates and please, be patient. If I can make it all work together, I think it will be worth the wait.
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Hi Kaye, life can be overwhelming when it is too busy. I was supposed to be on leave form work last week and this week and planned to finish the edits of my book. I also signed up to write two short stories for Dan’s new anthology and to attend a writing conference this week (on-line) and I planned to do all of this during my leave. Then the leave didn’t happen and I have also been feeling quite overwhelmed. Just keep plodding on, one step at a time. You will get through it. With regards to this blog, I like the author interviews and the book reviews. I would pay a small donation but I’ve seen other bloggers try to do this and I don’t believe it has been successful for them.
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Yes. That was my feeling on the donations, but I wouldn’t want to change over to paid subscription either. I want my blog to be accessible for all who wish to visit. As for being overwhelmed, my motto is endeavor to perservere.