Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG - Too Plugged In?


It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for another IWSG post. Check out the link Link to IWSG. For writers like me IWSG and other groups that make up the online writing community are very important. We are each other's audience. I get so excited to have my work read and critiqued that I feel I must return the favor in just as timely a matter.

I'm having problems balancing this. I'm trying to obtain and maintain an audience for my blog, my YouTube channel and my 'Rebecca Ashley Mystery Series'. I'm always reading other writer's work and enjoy it immensely, but I need to find balance. My phone is constantly dinging and I get lost in all the  correspondence. 

People are starting to mention it and I can tell that my being constantly on my phone is irritating the hell out of my friends and family, because they'll say things like, "You constantly being on your phone is irritating the hell out of me."

Time to power down. Anyone else have this problem?

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  1. Gosh, Adrienne, I don't know what you're talking ab - oh wait, my phone is dinging, excuse me... ;)

    Yup, it's a struggle!! It's hard to find the time to visit and respond to everyone. I'm still trying to balance it all out, because it IS so important. I haven't figured it out yet, though, except that I have a rule that I won't check my phone when I'm with friends or my wife. I don't always follow it, of course, but it's good to have it!

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    1. I have such an 'all or nothing' mentality that it's to the point of setting boundaries. Rules are a good idea. My problem with rules is while I know I shouldn't break them, I also know I'll do it anyway. It's just a matter of time. ;)

      I live alone and my dog could literally give a crap about how much I'm on my phone. I do plan on sharing my life eventually (hopefully) and I don't want to develop bad habits too hard to break.

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  2. I constantly have that problem. In fact, I've recently gone from 15 posts a month down to 3. I had to. The stress at maintaining my schedule was beginning to affect all aspects of my life. I wish I knew how others do it. Look at Alex! Amazing what he accomplishes each month.

    Anyhoo, happy IWSG, Adrienne. I love the cover of your book! And the premise sounds fascinating.

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    1. LOL. I'm not actually talking on my phone; I'm playing games!

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    2. Thank you Joylene! I know. Alex is amazing. I don't know how he does it.

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  3. Hello, fellow IWSGer. :) Maybe you can limit the amount of time you spend blogging or the number of posts you do. One thing that helps me stay on top of blogging and not feel overwhelmed is that I write many blog posts ahead of time. If you can do this, it may help you. Also, never check your phone when your with family and friends. lol

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    1. Hi Chrys!
      I seriously am trying with that last part. I'm slightly obsessive compulsive so at meal times and living room hangouts I now power down. Writing blog posts ahead of time is a great idea. I hadn't thought of that!
      Cheers!

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  4. I think we all struggle with this from time to time. There are only so many hours in a day, and our lives simply can't always be wrapped up with our gadgets, writing, social networking, blogging, commenting, apps etc. etc. etc. Take a deep breath and enjoy a nice soothing cup of tea. That's what usually works for me :)

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    1. I'm steeping some ginger mint right now. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Sometimes I wonder if every body's in on some secret way to organize it all and i'm the running in circles, eating paint chips kid trying to keep up. IDK.

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  5. It is very difficult to keep up in all areas, we only have so much time and it is difficult to fit it all in! There's so MUCH online social stuff now too. Can't do it all, but it is choosing where to put the effort that's hard!

    Thanks for visiting me, nice to visit you here!

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    1. Agreed Viklit ;) It's hard to choose what's the most efficient and productive ways to promote our work and keep up with our community. What to focus our energy on. The online world is a noisy one!
      Cheers,
      -A

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