Week in Review: Week 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes

More progress this week, but the daily pace is taking its toll. After today, I have no prewritten posts going into the next week. And I learned this week that writing on deadline is tricky, although it will be the key to keeping my material current.

This coming week, though, I’ll have a block of time when I can concentrate on my projects. I’m tempted to take some time off from the blog to work on “Harry Houdini and the Witch of Beacon Hill”—just to get it off the desk and into some form of production. But then again, I also imported several hundred photos over the last few weeks and many of those have prompts for entries. So I may try to pre-blog and do the heavier writing as well.

So … if you don’t see much of me in the coming week, you’ll know I haven’t been goofing off. Well, probably not. I’m being productive. Promise.

Observations: January so far has had more visits and almost as many views as any other month to date. About a third each are coming from Facebook, WordPress Reader, and search engines (Google and Yahoo). My most-searched terms have to do with Bubble Wrap and Margery the medium.

Interaction: I made some source contacts and joined LinkedIn. I really need to build my profile and grow my network, which so far is mostly personal friends. Look me up if you like!

Professional development: Met my daily deadlines. Continued reading about blogging for writers. Started to read other writers’ blogs; probably should do that more. Any suggestions? Developed some ideas for posts and stories.

Next week: I’ll put it to a vote. Should I …

  1. Take the week to work full-time on my book?
  2. Take the week to work full-time on the blog?
  3. Mix it up a little and do both?

Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

— Howard

In case you missed it

  • Tsk-tsk! (1979)

    Tsk-tsk! (1979)

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Not contacting the state offices was practically journalistic malpractice. You need to get the official word, even if it’s “no comment.”

  • A good time for groundwork, 1979

    A good time for groundwork, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes I had visions of collecting my school essays into books of criticism about how not to write papers. Does that sound like what I’m doing here?

  • Puff and fluff, 1979

    Puff and fluff, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Any local news editor understands the delicate balance between what readers and advertisers expect and what you think is important.

  • In Other Words … Season 2, Episode 19

    In Other Words … Season 2, Episode 19

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Many people don’t even have the time or focus for an entire book. The culture of short videos and podcasts has taken over, to our detriment.

  • Top-of-the-head inventory, 1979

    Top-of-the-head inventory, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes “Items in Stock” was, in truth, a misnomer. Some were complete, or ready for a final draft or a rewrite. Others were ideas or characters in search of a plot.

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