Blogging, P90X Style!

I was a little devastated to read agent Rachelle Gardner’s article, Blogs We Don’t Like, last Friday.  I know, I know–she doesn’t speak for all agents, but I’m betting that a lot of agents feel the way she does.  Aspiring authors should have blogs that they update on a regular schedule.  They should, and I have no excuse for being a lazy aspiring author.

I’ve spent the past weekend mulling over how to make the blogging life work for me.  And then I heard Tony Horton’s voice in my head (yes, goofy Tony Horton of the P90X workout system): Anybody can do something for a minute.  Well, yeah.  He’s right.  It’s a little psychological trick you play on yourself.  You convince yourself you’re only exercising for a minute because each exercise is set up to last that long, when in reality you’re completing 50 or 60 of those exercise minutes.  How does this work for blogging, you ask?  Well, if I tell myself I can blog two days a week for a month–just for a month–then, surely, I can blog for another month and another and . . . then I will have become a regular blogger.

I never had too much trouble with the P90X workouts–and not simply because I tricked myself into finishing the daily videos.  I never had trouble because I was already a regular exercise nutcase before my husband brought them home and decided we were going to have some marital bonding through plyometrics and kickboxing.  I have been exercising five days a week for years.  Literally, I mean that.  Years.  Then another truth dawned on me–if I have found the time to exercise daily for years, why can’t I find the time to blog?  I am thoroughly BUSTED.  P90X and Tony Horton have busted me.  I have come to realize that I am a disgrace to aspiring bloggers/authors everywhere.

THE PLAN: I will blog two days a week for a month–and I might just manage not to die of utter blog exhaustion.  After I practice for a few months, I might not have to trick myself into enduring.  I will be a buff blogger by that time.  I will blog every Tue. and Thurs. evening (which in reality makes a Wednesday/Friday posting schedule.  Oops, have to change that on my sidebar!)  I will write short posts.  For example, I will cut my NM Noir chapters to 500 words, instead of 1000.

OTHER EXCITEMENT! I will not be able to start regular blogging this week because we are finally moving into our new house!  We have official occupancy status!  For those who don’t know, we have been living in a 30-year-old single wide trailer for the last eight years–suffering being fiscally responsible–in order to build a house.  Honestly, I’m not giving up before I’ve started.  At some point this week, our phone lines and internet will be cut off here and reconnected at the new house.  And it will be crazy around here.  That’s all I have to say about that.  The picture above is of our new home.  The front porch and balcony are east-facing (toward the Rio Grande river valley), and I wish I had a better shot of it to show off.  It’s so beautiful.

MORE and MORE EXCITEMENT!  I have completely revamped my authorial website to make it more professional.  I have also added in a feature which will allow for my blog posts here to scroll through my website.  If you’re following me here, you might just as well follow me over there: Jill’s (other) Writing World.

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6 comments

  1. Girl, you have been busy!! I followed your link to Rachelle's post today and read them all. Fun. Then came back here to finish.
    LOVE your home!!! 8 years?? Why so long? (hubby built our first one in 6 months alone.)
    Good for you for trying to be regular about posting. I do only 2 a week and that is plenty with writing.

  2. Terri, it took eight years to be in a financial position to be able to build. The actual building took six months. The elusive waiting part for a fictional house that never happened is very much like my current elusive waiting for publishing. Now the house is a reality, so maybe the publishing will be too?

  3. Aww, congrats on your new house!! Don't feel bad about your blogging. I think it's good for us all to have some sort of routine but a lot of us are still feeling our way around. I try and blog three times a week and that works for me. Really it's just Mon and Wed, then on Friday I do a quick question, so it's pretty easy.

  4. T. Anne, yes, the third "easy" post a week is definitely an option. I'll have to consider that. But for now, I'll stick to two and see how long I can manage. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Oh wow. I actually read that very article too by Ms Gardner!!!! And I was just thinking to myself while washing the dishes that I should schedule blog entries to post up every week–because, as it is, I post like….once every one or two or three weeks. Pretty bad.

    I really enjoyed this article. It got me more determined to actually carry out this decision to update my blog consistantly.

  6. Miss Bluestocking–you’re June, right? I do know I always enjoy your articles when you do post. But I suspect we could all squeeze in at least one a week. It’s hard being a student, though. I remember. I didn’t even have a blog while I was in school.

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