Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Thank Goodness for IWSG

I'm not a fan of PDW (public display of whining), but since it's IWSG day, I figure what the heck? This is the one post I can let it all out. Right?

Blogging or lack thereof is my insecurity for April's entry for Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group. Thanks to our wonderful host, Alex and his helpers this month, Annalisa, Julie, and Elsie! 

Okay, don't throw rotten tomatoes at me, but...

I'm not participating in the A to Z blog challenge. There, I said it. 

It seems most of the blogging community is taking part in this awesome challenge. Last time I looked, over 1,960 bloggers had signed up! Kudos to the hosts! Those numbers are phenomenal! 

Some of you have asked, don't you think it'll cut down on your comments, followers? Yes, it will. But at this point, I have to take those risks.

I've chosen not to participate for personal health reasons. Reasons that make sitting at this computer almost unbearable. The same reasons have kept me away from Facebook, Twitter and visiting other blogs. I've tried to pop in here and there and say hello. But lately, I've had to dedicate all of my computer time to writing & revisions.  

Ultimately, the actual writing and getting the work done has to be numero uno.

I've come to love and admire and really care for many of my bloggy friends, and I can only hope a few return my sentiments. In the past month, I've cut down on the blogging, and I've already seen a huge drop in the comments. 

But I need to act like a grownup. I need to be okay with this. And if I loose followers forever, well, I'll have to accept that, too. Please know, if I've followed you, you obviously rock, and just because I don't visit as often, doesn't mean I don't love you! Cuz, I still do. <3

To all of you bloggers out there participating, I wish you the BEST of luck with the challenge. Have fun! Get creative! Be inspired!
 

23 comments:

  1. Oh, darlin'. You're not the only one ducking out of AtoZ. There's a whole host of us running for cover. LOL I've seen more folks announcing blog hiatus (hiat-i?) in the last couple weeks than I have in my whole first year of blogging. And I'm one of 'em. xD

    I'm kidding (mostly). I was entertaining the idea of taking a break to write, AtoZ just tipped the scales the rest of the way. ;)

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  2. Don't worry! If you're working on revisions, now is the perfect time to pull back and get it done. You certainly wouldn't get it done if you were participating. Trust me, I've crossed off about everything for this month just so I can keep up.

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  3. This is my first year doing the A-Z even though I've known about it for 3 years. It's a HUGE commitment and honestly, the only reason I am doing it this year is because my boyfriend is out of town. Otherwise, there's just no way. It's so hard to balance it all and writing HAS to come first. After all, we're writers.

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  4. I'm abstaining from A-Z as well, Candilynn. In fact, my IWSG post today was very similar to yours. We have to fight our own battles, and live our own life, no matter how much we want to join in with or follow those in our community. I believe most people truly respect and appreciate that. :)

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  5. I decided not to participate either. I figured with almost 2000 doing so, it was OK for a few of us to hang back. Honestly, it hasn't really cut back on my readers any and I'm having a great time reading those that are participating. The rest of us give the A-Z world a little blogging variety! :)

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  6. Wow, three of you have opted out as well. So I'm not the only one. Phew! Thanks all for your comments and I'll be around soon to check in with you. :)

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  7. It's only 3 almost 4 days in and I'm wondering what the hell have I done :)

    Be glad you are concentrating on the important stuff, and as everyone finds out, it goes up, it goes down, and tomorrow is another day! Think about it then!

    See there I go, channeling Margaret Mitchell!

    Have fun, no matter what you've chosen!

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  8. It does seem like almost the entire Internet is bursting with letters of the alphabet this time of year, but I'm another one that won't be able to keep up with a challenge of that magnitude. I wouldn't worry about it! Sometimes all I have time for is reading my favorite bloggers, but that doesn't mean I'm not cheering for each and every one of them. :)
    Have fun with your writing!

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    1. Gosh, and here I was thinking I was the only one. :)

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  9. Oh, you poor thing. I'm so sorry to hear you're ill. Nothing is as important as your health, and seriously, who cares about commenters? It's not like someone pays you for this. Social networking is a hobby not a job, no matter what rabid people desperate to sell books say.
    You must take care of yourself first and only do what feels good to you. I'll miss you though...

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  10. This is your blog and your life. If pain is keeping you from blogging, your friends understand. And the others simply do not matter. I will pray that your pain soon heals. For fun, I am doing the A-Z backwards! Victor made me do! :-)

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  11. I'm popping in from IWSG.
    Your health is THE most important thing. It's your number one priority!

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  12. Well I for one would never desert you just because you're not doing the A-Z or stop blogging for a while. In fact, I have another close friend who is taking a blogging break for much the same reasons. Being a full time writer is HARD, especially with a family etc. I can only imagine how harder that is when you've got an agent, deadlines and revisions to meet. If you need to take some time out, and focus on writing first and foremost, then you do that. And anyone who doesn't like it doesn't deserve your friendship to begin with. Good luck with everything, and see you when you return! <3

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  13. Thanks, Roland! And your version of A to Z sounds like a riot. You're one of a kind. :D
    Thanks, Michelle!
    <3 right back at ya, Clare!

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  14. Candilynn, you take care of yourself first, that's the most important thing in the world! I'll still follow you, girlie, regardless of how many posts you generate. You're my IWSG sister, after all! Again, you take care of you. We'll still be here. And if someone stops following you because you aren't participating in the post-a-day challenge, they didn't deserve to follow you in the first place!

    xo

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  15. I've written similar blog posts (or meant to, but got too busy) many times. There just aren't enough hours in the day to write blog posts and respond to comments and read others' blog posts and comment on all of their posts, and work on your own writing projects and... what am I forgetting? Oh yeah. Life. Some people understand that and stick with you and it's those people that keep me going on here, not the fair-weather followers.

    I planned on doing A to Z but then I got the flu and couldn't possible keep up with the schedule demands. Plus I'd be neglecting the 3 or 4 Blogger friends I've managed to hold on to. And my WiP. And my kids. Next year, maybe I'll try it.

    Keep working on your projects and don't worry about your comments/followers sliding down. When you have something published your numbers will spike again. Either way, this is one reader that isn't going anywhere! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Chris! I sure hope you get to feeling better. The flu is a real bugger.

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  16. I've been doing the same thing, and I too opted out of the April challenge this year. I couldn't see putting myself further behind in my editing and writing. Like you said, it has to be numero uno! Blogging is great, but it's not everything, and it becomes aggravating with it feels like it's running your writing life. Happy April and I know you're accomplishing great things! :)

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  17. I've slowed down on blogging as well. Sometimes something's gotta give. =)

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  18. @Michael, I'm shocked to see how many folk aren't doing A to Z. There have been quite a few comment here. Hope you are well!
    @Ruth, thanks for the visit and comment! You're right, sometimes something's gotta give.

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