It has been over two years since I’ve posted, but I’ve missed blogging! I took a break for many reasons: completing my MFA, enjoying the beginning honeymoon stage of my relationship with my boyfriend, and moving homes/jobs.
But I realized that blogging helped me in two ways connected to productivity: getting my butt in the chair writing and giving me reading goals to work towards.
Having a writing schedule has always been the best way for me to produce new writing. While I want to be a fiction writer, not a full-time blogger, the act of producing blog posts helps me create a writing rhythm that my fiction writing benefits from as well.
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that time management has only gotten more difficult in the time of social media. It is so easy to get sucked down a hole of distractions for an hour at a time.
It may seem contradictory to say that publishing posts online could then improve productivity! But I found that setting reading/reviewing deadlines and participating more in the online book world led to dedicating more time for reading as a whole.
Overall, having a blogging platform and the structure of regular posting increased my productivity as both a reader and writer. The one thing I have to keep aware of is not allowing my blogging writing to overwhelm my creative writing. Because ultimately, my end goal is to be a fiction writer not a book blogger. 🙂
The month of December:
Will feature reviews of all the books I read this year. Get ready to put some fabulous books on your to-read list!