Prioritizing

Hi all, sorry I have taken a step back from my Features for a moment. I’m re-prioritizing. I’m turning 30 this week. It seems an appropriate time to reflect on what I’m doing, and whether and how it’s helping me with my goals. For today, it’s what I’m up to with blogging and writing!

Blogging

As we mentioned recently on Comparative Geeks, we’ve taken a step back from our full posting schedule. We had been posting six days a week, three each, since the blog started. Even if they were short posts, even if they were late and posted on day seven, we kept that schedule. And even after announcing it, I almost posted something just to keep it at six for that first week. It was hard to let it go.

Our hope was to be able to do four solid, purposeful posts a week, and then a fun post on Friday – a poll or alignment grid or something like that. That way, the sorts of things that had maybe been our “filler” posts can have a specific day – Friday – and we have been motivating around doing our four posts.

I still have another solid post a week I am writing – over on Sourcerer. Lately, I have been blogging over there about comics, where I’ve done a four-post series on making comic book movies. Taking a step back from that, I’m going to do some single-comic reviews or series reviews in the coming weeks. This has been fun, and I have been trying not to duplicate content on Comparative Geeks – my series was perhaps informed by my writing on CG, but was not a duplicate.

My first thought when scaling back on CG was that I could use all that extra time for writing more here! Which is maybe a lovely dream, but is not really the plan. The point was that we were trying to reclaim our weekends, now that I am not working six days a week (something I’ve done for a large part of Comparative Geeks’ history). There are things to do. Read more of this post

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Meme Monday 8 – Guidelines

Guidelines

Another week, another feeling that I can’t get some fiction together and up on the blog. I may have bitten off more than I could chew! I had hoped I was building up to this, but maybe I wasn’t ready, maybe I need to reorganize and prioritize differently. Probably.

We posted on Comparative Geeks as well that we’re going to try to post a little less there – I’m hoping I can translate that into some more fiction blogging here, and keep up my weekly submissions over on Sourcerer as well. That’s a lot of writing still, and I don’t think cutting one post over on Comparative Geeks will hurt – instead, I hope it will help.

As to the meme, I always felt like the whole “more like guidelines” thing should be one… when I started looking it up a while back, I found it WAS a “standard” meme, and this is the standard picture for it. So there you go!

Introducing Features

I shared a post the other day that has really inspired me on figuring out my content here on DBCII. It’s perhaps unsurprising that the idea came from Gene’O, of The Writing Catalog, as he is someone who blogs similarly to how I do.

The idea presented, and one I see a lot in reading blogs, is features. Posts that you can just expect to see, daily, or weekly. As a creator, they help you know what content you’ll need to create, to keep your blog going. As a reader, they help you expect what you’ll see, let you know to come back for more later when you find something you like.

Gene’O lists a number of features on Sourcerer that they run, but I thought I would note a few of my other favorites. On Love Pirate’s Ship’s Log, there’s a quote of the day. I love them – generally a picture from a movie or TV episode, and then a few lines of quote. They just make me stop and smile as I skim through my WordPress reader. Another favorite is the Box Office Top 10 on We Minored in Film, which just fill me with joy each week as I read it.

I see other features, such as episode recaps and reviews of popular shows, or Wednesday New Comics (it’s nice that most all new comics come out on one day, for the purpose of blogging about it!). These are the sorts of features we might consider on Comparative Geeks, but at the same time, because others are doing it, we want to leave it to them. Because we do so little content, as it were – with just our 6 posts a week – features would eat up a lot of that.

Also, it would force us to keep up with shows or reading comics or whatever we chose – which is against what we’re doing with the blog. We are writing for the joy of it, for the thought and sharing, and forcing timelines like that on ourselves would not be great. The closest we get is our ongoing LitFlix – where we read the book/comics and then see the movie.

And we have other ongoing series, like Science Fiction Today, Character Studies, or Science Fiction and Religion, but we don’t follow a schedule on those… it’s more like we try to do at least one of those a month. We could try to make these a scheduled feature, but they’re more of just an ongoing series, and for a blog, those are good too.

So let me introduce the features I am planning on here! Read more of this post

A to Z Challenge – My Post Topics

A to Z Challenge 2014

One of the many things you can do to interact with and grow community on a blog is to participate in blogging events or challenges. Some that come to mind are Feminist Friday, NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), and, coming up next month, the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

The idea is to post 26 days in the month – all but the Sundays in April – on a theme, and with something starting with each letter of the alphabet. By the end, I feel like you’ll have some great content, or at least some content. The idea is for the posts to be short, not to drive you mad with trying to keep up with something. The idea is also then that you read several other blogs and what they’re doing. This is where you grow community: engaging in something others will be looking at, and going and looking at their blogs yourself. Find out more by going to http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

So my theme for the month is going to be writing. Looking at the topics I chose, I think that this could be more narrowly said as maybe the business and world of writing, with some highlights on some of the current trends – or dying aspects – of the industry. I guess I do touch on a few more specific points, and for all of this, it will be coming more from my head and my opinions and speculation.

We plan on also doing the challenge on Comparative Geeks, and we’re working on figuring out what topic would be best, given you have two of us who will be alternating writing about things! And also that we want the posts to fit within our blog and be a good contribution to it. This challenge fit our posting schedule over there perfectly. However, there is the fact that there are a few posts that we have scheduled for 2014 that will still have to go up… so we’ll be generating more than our normal amount of content in April!

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