As clutter in my real life begins to clear, I’ve started thinking about simplifying my online life as well.
I began by unsubscribing from all those automatic emails I receive. Having a clean inbox is like a clean kitchen counter for me. The endorphins kicked in and the virtual sweep was on.
Before you start thinking that this clean-up led me to deactivate my Facebook account, let me assure you--I am not giving up Facebook--yet.
But, it did get me thinking about how to maximize my online time, particularly blogging.
As I have written before, I blog, first and foremost, to have a record of my family's story.
But, blogging has also become a creative outlet for me and a form of therapy as I let go of what I once held in, and through writing, explore what I once left unsaid.
Perhaps what has been most surprisingly to me about blogging is the extent to which I have come to enjoy the community of bloggers who read MaMe Musings, comment, and care. They teach, encourage, and support me.
For all of the above reasons, I choose to invest time into blogging. So, it makes sense that I stop and consider how that time and space is used, right?
And, who better to ask for suggestions than the very (intelligent, kind, generous, discerning) person who is taking the time to read this blog right now?
So, wise reader, won't you take some time, chime in on any of these questions, and help me (and others) in our attempts to be more organized online?
-Some blogs I follow have dedicated days for certain posts. (For example, Mondays are always X) Do you have a schedule for your days/posts or do you wing it (like I've been doing)?
-Do you have certain link-ups you always do? Do you have some that you think I should check out?
-Do you find that your posts have a niche or do you find yourself all over the place in terms of your topics (like I am)?
-Do you ever censor yourself in terms of what you write because of fear of what your readers might think?
-How do you manage your Google Reader? Seriously, it intimidates me every time I open it.
-If you're on my Blog Roll, I usually comment on your post because the link is right there in front of me. But, I can't have all the blogs I follow there. How do I prioritize?
-Do you find yourself reading and not commenting or do you always comment if you read it?
-How do you find new blogs to read?
-Does it matter to you if you read/follow/comment on a blog and never get a reply? Are you okay just being a consumer/stalker or do you need a semblance of a conversation? How long before you just move on?
-Do you limit your blog time in any way or do you always feel like you're connected? How do you achieve your balance?
-Obviously, you sometimes read MaMe Musings because you are reading this post. (THANK YOU, btw!) Which posts resonate most with you, and (gulp) which posts do you click over?
-Any other virtual/blog organizational tips can you share?