BA’s Posting Challenge: Events Take Over

BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistently create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here.

Events Take Over: It happens to everyone at some point, life takes over and you can’t get to your blog, how do you cope with the neglect?

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There’s been plenty of times when I’ve been too preoccupied with life, or just been unable to get to my blogs, since I’ve begun blogging. For the first couple of years I didn’t do anything to prepare for times away from blogging.

I felt really guilty too. I still don’t understand why, but the less I did with my blog the worst my guilt would be. I guess its the self-imposed obligation of creating something that’s publicly viewable and not maintaining it. Maybe there’s an ounce of embarrassment, having your project seen gathering cyber dust and cobwebs, as well.

I struggled for a few years trying to battle the guilt and would attempt to get back online, wear myself out, try to fill the time I was away, but it would just force me to be offline again for longer. It become a cycle of sporadic blogging.

I’m still a sporadic blogger, but I’m not upset by it now. I just shrug when I can’t get online or if I forget to post. What can you do? There’s no point in getting worked up about it.

I have adopted a few habits to make blogging easier and not feel as though I was obligated. I schedule the majority of my posts now. The only time I don’t schedule is if I’ve been busy and haven’t been able to get a post ready. If I have the time on that day, I’ll get the post out. Otherwise I just leave it and sort out posts when I have the time.

That’s my secret. Scheduling posts and letting it go if I’m unable to. I feel so much better about blogging these days!

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How about you? How do you handle the times when you aren’t able to blog?

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