Before I go into details regarding my ‘brilliant’ epiphany, I wanted to share a dark little secret. Technologically speaking, I’m practically a caveman. Cavewoman. Whatever. Oh, sure. I have a computer. A pretty decent one, I think. I know how to get on the internet (who doesn’t these days?), and I even play World of Warcraft (okay, I’m a gaming cavewoman). I have an iPhone, and an iPad. (Both are hand-me-downs from my much more tech savvy husband … yay for Apple putting out new models almost every year!) Do I get the full benefit of having these tools of wonderment? Not hardly. In fact, it wasn’t until this last November that I really started experimenting with some of the tools that most people take for granted. Example? Social media. I’ve had a Facebook for years, but I didn’t know how to use it. Don’t laugh. I created the thing, posted a bunch of pictures from my trip to England five years ago, then ignored it for two years. Then I posted some pictures of my new cat. Then I ignored it again. Twitter? Nope. Instagram? All I know is it involves pictures. I think. Blogs? I knew of them, but hadn’t ever followed one until I created this account four months ago. I’m even ashamed to say that I had to beg one of my younger co-workers to show me how to set the darn thing up.
Which brings me to my epiphany. A big word to explain something rather simple, really. You see, I didn’t really know what a blog entailed when I started this. Now, however, I’ve had a chance to follow some very interesting (and enlightening!) blogs – so I’m going to take a page out of their books. Or blogs, as the case may be.
First: I’m going to try and schedule my posts. I enjoy seeing the ‘Monday’ posts lining up events or goals for the week, and the ‘Friday’ recaps. Maybe it’s because I’m a list person, or maybe it’s because I live by my calendar … but the idea of having regularly scheduled posts appeals to me.
Which leads to the second decision: Create a list of topics or ideas I want to include with my posts. Again, I like lists. And I’ve recently encountered the idea of reviewing books … Needless to say, for a voracious reader like I am, the idea of sharing my favorites and listing my current reads is extremely appealing. This also means I’ll have to be more structured in my personal life, which is always a good thing. Right now I can go through phases where I’ll read two books a day–then go weeks without reading a page. Usually the weeks without reading are involved with writing or leveling my next character in Warcraft to 90 … There’s no reason I can’t do a little of each instead of binge.
So! That is my ‘new plan’. Like I said, simple – but for a social pariah like me, profound. I’ll need to do a bit of brainstorming to decide which days would work best for me, but as soon as I decide, I’ll do my best to stick to it. Tuesdays actually might be a really good choice for my first one … Warcraft is usually down for maintenance in the mornings … ^.^
Also, here’s my update on the Camp Nano front: I’m behind. Not drastically so, but I’m not where I want to be. (And here I am wasting my word count on a long winded blog …) To be honest, I had some really long days at my real job, as well as some unexpected house showings. I’m actually doing rather well, considering. Luckily, I have Wednesday and Thursday off, so I plan to do some good marathon writing then.
Current word count : 14,000