The Benefits Of Blogging

Don’t take this the wrong way, but blogging can be a real pain in the a$$. Sometimes the very last thing I want to do is sit down and try to come up with something relatively entertaining to put on my blog. Like today, for instance.

Just kidding.

But, as with all good things, blogging is also it’s own reward. Over these past months while I’ve settled into the groove of being a semi-regular blogger, I’ve found that I’ve gotten many unexpected benefits from my pursuits.

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Relationship Crisis

Hello?

*silence*

Hello, is anybody there?

*crickets chirping*

Blogosphere? Are you there? *clicks tongue* Here Blogosphere! Come here, little Blogosphere! Sweet little Blogosphere…

Excuse me, but did you really just call me like you would call a dog?

Oh, Blogosphere! There you are.

So, are we talking again?

Of course we’re talking! When were we not talking?

How about for the last two or three weeks.

I talked to you. I posted regularly and I was on Facebook and Twitter and–

I don’t give a crap about Facebook and Twitter.

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Time, Time, Time Is NOT On My Side

Periodically I go up against my biggest enemy – Time. Or rather, lack of time. It’s fine when I’m just coasting along living in my own delirious illusion, but if I happen to open my eyes and see how much time has flowed past, and how little I’ve accomplished with it, I become slightly panicked. In addition, I’m suffering from some increased demands in my day job, and in other areas of my life, that have served to squeeze my available time even more.

After some internal debate, I’ve decided to make a few changes to my social media commitments. Social media, as you probably know, is a wonderful thing. It’s also the perfect time waster – you can tell yourself that you’re working, when all you’re really doing is surfing the Internet.

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A Few Things I Learned After My Book Was Released

I was on vacation last week, so I actually had time to think. Thinking time has been at a premium for the past couple of months, but last week I was able to reflect on some of  the things I’ve learned now that my book has been released.

As you may, or may not, know, my romantic suspense novel, HOLD ME, came out on 9/5/11, so it’s been roaming free in the wilds for a month now. And as you may, or may not, know, this is the first time I’ve had a book published. So there have been a lot of new things to absorb.

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HOLD ME Countdown – Battle Plans

Private Horvath!

What?  Who?…. Blogosphere? Is that you?

I am Sergeant Blogosphere, Private, and the appropriate response to my calling you is “Sir, yes Sir.”

What is this?

I cain’t HEAR you!

Um…Sir.  Yes, uh, sir.

Fair enough.  Now front and center, Private and make it snappy.

::moves forward:: Um, yeah?

Stand at attention when I’m talking to you, girl.

Sir. Yes, sir. ::snaps to attention::

When is release day, Private?

Release day is in 23 days, sir!

And what day is that, Private?

It is Monnnnday, September 5th, sir!

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Both Sides Of Blogging

 

I’ve been blogging three times a week for about six months now. I’ve only missed one post (the Thursday before I went to RWA), but then I made up for it the next week. So, of course, now that I’m an expert and all I thought I would post a list of some of the good things and some of the bad things I’ve discovered about blogging.

Good Things

  1. You can write about anything you want to write about.
  2. Writing a blog keeps the writing juices flowing.
  3. It gives you practice in being disciplined and meeting a deadline.
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