Weekend Coffee Share: Blogging A to Z Edition

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’ve decided not to do the Blogging A to Z April Challenge here at the the personal blog. Sourcerer is still in for 100% sure. We‘ll have a theme reveal there soon, and I’m pulling out all the stops for A to Z on the wider social media. Just not doing it here. I’ll remove the badge from the sidebar and ask that Just Gene’O be removed from the list later this weekend.

Getty stock image.

Getty stock image.

I’d tell you that despite the fact I have a theme and topics for an awesome Tolkien-themed challenge, this is the smart thing to do because I have so much going on. Given the number of guest blogging commitments I have and the amount of time it’s already taking me to keep the blogs going, I don’t think it’s a good idea to try and write 26 posts to run here in April. Among other reasons, that would give me 26 threads to answer in addition to Sourcerer’s A to Z threads.

Blogging A to Z here while Sourcerer is also doing it would be a magnificent blogging feat, and I have no doubt I could do it. But I’ve worked extremely hard to push my blogging schedule far enough into the future and make enough friends to have Sourcerer publishing every day without ever waking up in the morning and needing to write a post for that day. This is why Diana and I blogged at such a frantic pace last year — to make enough friends and generate large enough archives to be able to publish every day without needing to write a blog post every day.

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The bottom line is that if I were going to do A to Z here, the posts should already be written, but several things came up in January and February that I just had to prioritize, and they did not get written. This isn’t an everyday blog, and every like and comment I leave on WordPress points people to Sourcerer. That’s the blog that’s going to benefit from my A to Z visits. So I may very well write and load 26 posts in the next three weeks — I’m capable of doing that. But they will not be A to Z posts to run at this blog.

I’d tell you, too, that I won’t be around much on the linkups nor on Twitter this weekend. I’ve got the spring run of Tolkien drafted. I have to load the last two posts at Part Time Monster and do the finishing work on those. Then I have to track down links and do the final edit on a guest post I’m doing for a friend to run at the end of this month so I can send that one off. (Done)

Once that’s done, I have this list to work through. It seems like a lot, and it is, but keep in mind I can produce four to six posts in a day if I stay off Facebook and Twitter and just work, and I routinely finish and schedule a week’s worth of blogging in about two-and-a-half hours on Sunday evenings. It will not all get done this weekend, but most of it will.

  1. Finish the A to Z theme reveal for Sourcerer, which is drafted and just needs links and art.
  2. Load and finish two emailed drafts for Sourcerer to finish out our Wednesdays for this month.
  3. Crop and load photo features for Sourcerer for the next two weeks.
  4. Write the Feminist Friday wrap-up post to run here next Friday (this week’s STEM discussion at Drifting Through has been good, and that thread may in fact still be active).
  5. Write four A to Z posts for Sourcerer (I have the letters C, E, L, and T. If you are familiar with my blogging, you can probably guess what at least three of those are going to be about 😉 )
  6. Write two A to Z posts for Part Time Monster that Diana and I brainstormed this week.
  7. Load the rough drafts of three guest posts for Comparative Geeks to run post-April just to get them in the queue so I can finish them later. (Done).

    arrrr, mateys!

    arrrr, mateys!

Quite the list, eh? Once it’s done, though, I’ll be free to write at a leisurely pace for May and spend ALL the social media time in April finding readers for Sourcerer contributors and making friends by visiting from the A to Z list.

I’ll use the day and tomorrow morning to get as far ahead on it as I can, then tweet for @1000Speak for an hour or two tomorrow afternoon. Basically, I’m volunteering them a couple of hours on Twitter on Sundays when I can manage it, and other bloggers are keeping the account active during the rest of the week.

Then I’d ask you how your weekend’s looking.

— Edited at 6:30 my time on Saturday, March 14, to tick off the Tolkien and the guest post items as (Done). I’ll use different colors to tick the rest off so I can analyze the workflow later. This is not bad, considering I also gave my family 5 hours today, answered a few comments, made a new friend, spent some time in private collaboration chats, and retweeted from the phone a bit when I was not able to be at the computer. #AmWorking, always.

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13 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Blogging A to Z Edition

    • That’s true. I’ve gone back-and-forth about doing it here all along. I started planning for spring six months ago. When I plan that far out, I typically make the biggest plan that can possibly succeed, then scale back to what’s realistic once I see how the contingencies play out. That’s all this is — scaling back.

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  1. um, probably just as busy, since I’ve just announced that I am defiantly doing A to Z for Serins Sphere and that, that my other bloggs will get some of my regular features during April while Serins Sphere’s going to focus on A to Z of April. While I don’t have others helping me all that much,(well almost never, end of he month is the first time I”m having an official guest post, while on Monday I have a Author pre-view) I won’t be able to the A to Z for my Office Admin blog as I originally intended. That is just not going to work out.

    Blog burn out is not exactly my target here. I still intend to have fun and go read some A to Z posts in April, so yea. Probably be writing a few less posts until April so I can pre-write a few for then.
    And in May I plan on having a full 5 days of just relaxed photo-blogging. 🙂 So yea, I’ve got posts to write well into May. And then I’ve got a list of posts I’ll squeeze in between and perhaps for the later half of the year. My little black book is full of ideas. (yes, it is literally a little black book. 🙂 )

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  2. Yikes, that really is a busy schedule. All year and last I’ve had my calendar full of volunteering book design and editing short stories and novels and blogging for my own space — so much so that I wasn’t able to pen nearly as much as I wanted to last year, but finally, FINALLY, this week I have seen a beautiful, fully-crossed off to-do list. It will only stay that way for one day, but it is a beautiful thing.

    I hope you can have one of those soon, too. It makes it all worth it. 🙂

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  3. I only have 7 A to Z posts left to write (2 are started, and all the ideas are there) but I have a lot of material I’m trying to publish in the next two weeks. Thinking maybe I should focus on powering through those, then resume the A to Z writing, since it wouldn’t be a huge deal to finish off those pieces during April. My minion schedule will be a lot, though, and I want April’s focus to be networking, so I’m still hoping to get them done before the month starts–just maybe need to put them aside for a week while I finish off March’s content.

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    • I’m powering through now. And since I am not doing A to Z here, we’re about at the same point with the number of posts we have left to right. I’ve got six, and only two to get out before the first two weeks.

      I’m right there with you on the networking!

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  5. Busy, busy…but it’s good busy, or at least it looks that way to me! I can see why you made the decision not to try A to Z on this blog this time around. I think that’s a wise choice.

    I’ve got my list of topics but haven’t written any posts yet but that doesn’t worry me. I tend to be a last minute writer. It did occur to me last night that I should do a little bit of pre-organizing for A to Z. I decided to do the theme reveal so I won’t say what it is here but it will become apparent why I need to organize things a little more than usual and if I don’t do it, it will become apparent that I should have!

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  6. List crossing-off happening here too! Yay for productivity! My A to Z posts are still a long-way from being done, but I’ve almost finished lining up some of the other things I need to get off my mind before I can focus on them (and I have ideas and material for many of the posts, so a lot of it is just a matter of spending the time to get the post written). I’ve also lined up one guest-post for my site in April (basically doing a letter swap with someone, which I think will be fun) and have started to think about asking around if other people might like to take a space… since I do have some letters open and a theme planned that would work well with a variety of guests. We’ll where I actually end up with that idea though.

    Hope you also are making sure that you are scheduling in some relaxing time among all the writing/blogging/social-media-ing!

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  7. I’m entirely jealous of your uber-productivity this weekend.

    I’m going to have to work around the fact that although weekends have always been family and writing time while in academia, those are busy photography days. I’ve started doing most of my writing on Mondays, as those are generally pretty quiet, and if I stay off the social media, I can produce a week or more of blog content before I have to go pick up Little Jedi.

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    • Yeah. One good, hard day of no social media will get you a lot. I’ve shifted my own writing to weekday evenings because the best networking happens on the weekends, but at this point, just gotta produce and trust the social media to not go anywhere for a couple of weeks, lol.

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  8. Well, since I’ve just stopped by on Monday with my to-go coffee in hand, I can tell you that the weekend was full, but not necessarily in the blog world. Lots of time spent with family and catching up on reading – blogs, books, and other sorts.
    I did finish a piece that I was struggling with for a guest post. Turns out I had to scrap the entire thing and approach from a different angle. But it worked and I’m happy with the final product.
    I’m looking forward to NEXT year’s A to Z and will be happy to follow all my friends who are participating this year. I think I’ll consider it research.

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