How many minutes (hours?) a day does it take you to properly attend to your platforming (i.e. social networking?) needs? By properly I mean interacting with online contacts, following their links and staying up to date on what’s happening in the writing world (like reading blogs from Jane Friedman, Chuck Sambuchino, Penelope Trunk, Janet Reid, etc.) Then there’s Twitter (and all the amazing and talented people I’m following) and Facebook. This all takes time, but as a business person it’s critical (and I enjoy it!!) One of my next moves will be to narrow my commitments to sites that seem most active and valuable (like Writer’s Digest Community). So I’m looking for strategies. Let me know how you keep it under control?
I’m so anal I used to have a list of values (Recognition, Relevance, Time, Money, Service) by which I would measure whether I was living a good life. It was only several years into having developed this list that I realized ALL OF THE VALUES PERTAINED TO MY JOB. None of them addressed the pursuit of family/friends, artistic interests, health, love or leisure. So for all the list-makers who think that completing your to-do list is synonymous with living a full and satisfying life, here’s the risk you are taking. And thanks to Janet Reid and Toni McGee Causey for reminding me not to sleepwalk through my one precious life.
Quoting Janet Reid from a recent post on her excellent blog:
“It got me thinking. I realized there is a very simple solution for all your rejection problems. All of them, forever more. You really don’t want any more of them do you? They’re totally awful, completely depressing, and we all know Rejection Just Sucks.
“Ok, here’s the solution: Stop Writing. If you never send out another query, you’ll never get another rejection. Easy-peasy.
“Wait, that’s not a solution you’re willing to accept? Well ok then. How about we look at rejections like this:
“You love to write. You love to write more than you hate rejections. You love being a writer. So, you love rejections the least of all the parts of writing you love, but faced with a choice of no writing/no rejections, you choose to be a writer. You choose ALL the parts of being a writer, because it’s all or none, and you are a writer.
“Now back to work.”