Let’s Get Organized Today!


LGO BadgeMaintaining a social media presence is important, but doesn’t have to be stressful. For writers, it can’t trump time to write, otherwise it negates the purpose of building a platform. I’ll be the first to admit it’s hard to keep up with everything. Tomorrow, Sarah Nego Writes is hosting my guest post on managing social media. Almost like I planned it, huh?

I sort of did. At the end of last year, my critique group brainstormed topics for our group blog for the entire year. We have themes that transition seamlessly one into another. I wanted this for Writes By Moonlight, as well.

In an effort to find a balance between writing and the real world, we started the Let’s Get Organized blog hop.

The rules are simple:

  1. Create a 4-6 week editorial calendar (here’s a cool template). If you post more than once a week, feel free to cut this time-frame in half. Unless, you’re up for the challenge.
  2. Publish the schedule to your blog. As with exercising, people tend to stick to goals when they’re held accountable.
  3. Tag three bloggers to join in the fun, then contact them to let them know about it. (This step is optional)

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Without further ado, here’s what you can expect on my blog over the next few weeks:

  • Friday, February 22Guest Post on Sara Nego Writes (link goes live on 2/22/13)
  • Thursday, February 28 – eARC Review: Strength by Carrie Butler
  • Wednesday, March 7 – Insecure Writer’s Support Group post
  • Wednesday, March 14 – Guest Post on Novel Clique blog about Movies Dealing with Suspension of Disbelief
  • Monday, March 18 – Ninja Captain Alex’s Top 10 Movie Countdown Blogfest (scroll to the bottom of this post to join the fun)
  • Thursday, March 21 – Hosting Carrie Bulter

Many of the bloggers I follow are super organized, so it’s difficult to figure out who to tag. So, anyone who interested in creating an editorial calendar for your blog, consider yourself tagged.

If you decide to participate, please leave a comment below. I’d love to know what you’re up to.

Do you struggle with finding a balance between writing and the real world? How do you manage your social media and have time to write?

 

Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest


This week, I’m participating in the I Miss You Blogfest hosted by  Andrew Leon, Matthew MacNish, and Alex J. Cavanaugh.

It’s time to tell which blogger buddies we really miss because they aren’t posting as often, or at all. It’s also time to show appreciation for the bloggers we would really miss!

The rules: List one to three bloggers you really miss and one to three bloggers you would miss if they stopped blogging. Then go leave a comment on those blogs. 

Before I start naming names, I encourage you to hop on over to Alex J. Cavanaugh’s blog and sign up to join the fun. He also has a list of other participants.

Now, for the bloggers I miss:

My Writing Blog. Nicole McLaughlin falls into the ‘not posting as often’ category for me and even though I know why, I still miss reading her updates. She always has something interesting and fun to read. I’ve discovered a number of new books thanks to her.

Simplicity In Volumes. I met Patricia A. Timms through a blogfest about a year ago. I enjoyed reading about her many adventures. I’m not sure why she stopped posting.

Bloggers I would miss:

There are so many people to add to this list and even though the rules say one to three, I’m gonna bend them. Some of my favorite bloggers who I would miss terrible should they leave the blogosphere include: Write On, Info Dump a la El, Author Laura Diamond-Lucid Dreamer, Melissa Maygrove, So You’re A Writer, Susan Kaye Quinn, and Susanna Leonard Hill.

These bloggers possess a wealth of knowledge and they share their thoughts/advice on the craft of writing, the business of writing, as well as other topics. Thank you all (and those unnamed) for being so awesome! I know keeping up with blog post isn’t always easy.

Looks like I have a lot of blogs to visit and comment on today. Better get started.

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Also, it’s not to late to sign up to join the EDGE OF TRUTH Cover Reveal Team on November 23. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up. I so appreciate your support! If you’re interested, please fill out this form and I’ll contact you with the information you’ll need. You can also leave a comment below, tweet me, or Facebook me. Thanks!