My blogging adventure on Word Press started the week Super storm Sandy tore through the Northeast. As a matter of fact, my first post was on the storm, but when it was originally labeled the Frankenstorm. It was coming on Halloween and the media was going ape over the whole concept.
That was 120 posts and 4,000+ visits ago, back at the end of October 2012. I know it is not a long time relative to some others I know here, but it is long enough to consider the subject of this post. I named it Reading , Writing and Arithmetic for a specific reason. Now before you turn away I am not about to rage on the inadequacies of the educational system in the United States, although that may come in a later post.
This is actually about the place I find myself in as a writer. I liken it to a quandary of sorts, where it is difficult to determine what is the best approach. I hope many of you with more experience can enlighten me about the best approach to my problem.
It is no surprise that I like to wrote. Wait, let me restate this. I LOVE to write. I have written stories in one form or another for several years. It is something that makes me extremely happy. I like creating a believable story rich with strong characters and a solid plot.
But I also realize I must read to see how others write so i can improve my style. Reading takes time. So does writing. So does my job. So does my family. You get the point. My struggle is deciding how much of each to do.
Then there is the final component of my title, Arithmetic. Certainly this numeric subject could relate to generating money from my perceived talent, but it does not. You see I am a metrics lover. I blame it on my love of statistics. I love looking to see how many views my blog has each day. Probably I like it too much.
When it increases I get excited, when it decreases I wonder why. Some of this fluctuation is expected, I know. If you don’t write new posts, there is not likely to be anyone reading your blog. But taking the time to create quality subjects is, again, one of the issues I struggle against.
lately I have been responding to the Daily Post as the well of subjects seems to be dry. I link back to the post and even include the posts of others in the body of my post. This generates some views, but is not as good as an original post.
So I will put these questions out to the community. How do you manage this combination of tasks?