It’s customary, if not expected, to discuss resolutions at this time of year. I’ve learned, however, that my annual desire to alter, change, modify, vary, transform, amend and/or adjust my behaviour rarely lasts longer than it takes for the ink to dry on the page.
So this year I’m doing things a little differently. My top three goals are the same as they’ve always been--writing more, eating less, and walking daily. But in order to be successful, I realized I would first have to clean house.
My virtual house, that is.
I took inventory at the end of 2011 and was surprised, shocked and even a little dismayed at how much time I spend online each day. It’s a necessary evil, of course. As an author I want to promote myself and my books. But after missing a deadline last year, I came to the conclusion I had to whittle that down to a more manageable package.
Easier said than done, you say?
I made a list of all of the places a reader might expect to find me online. Then I compiled a list of where I actually am. This includes my website, three blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Google+, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Red Room, She Writes, and many other “writerly” sites and email groups.
Next, I visited each site. I discovered I’d signed up for some and never returned! The information was woefully outdated. Of the others I’d frequented, some hardly seemed worthwhile. They felt like virtual ghost towns. What had once been a thriving online community was now nothing but a faded memory. And then there were those places that shall forever remain a mystery. I have no idea or clue what possessed me to log on and join the party! What was I thinking?!
The solution? I cut, slashed, edited, revised and deleted. All of the sites I mentioned above are my ‘keepers’. The excess groups and sites I felt I could live without are now duly noted and should free up at least a few precious minutes of my time each day.
Whether or not this virtual house cleaning translates into more writing and completed books during 2012 remains unseen. But like losing weight and exercising more, I’m going to give it a try.
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