02 May, 2012

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Return To Normalcy

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh (the guy who seems to be everywhere in the blogosphere AND manages to host some of the coolest events).

From his site:
Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

One of the things I'm thinking as I write this post is Gosh, it's been a long time since I actually sat down and wrote a post. I had managed to schedule all of my A-Z Challenge science posts by April 1, so my blogging time was consumed almost entirely with replying to your wonderful comments here and commenting on other blogs--i.e. running around the blogosphere trying to keep up with all the Challenge madness.

Now? How strange is the idea of writing posts when I need them, and how cheerful to be able to post only a few times a week. I imagine it's like free-falling for a while and then realizing your feet are on solid, grassy ground. The only problem now is actually getting the old schedule to start working again.

What are you planning for May, post-A-Z Challenge? If you scheduled some or all of your posts (as I did), does it feel weird to be writing stuff on-the-go? Will you easily slide back into the old blogging schedule, or will it take some re-adjusting?

-----The Golden Eagle


E. Arroyo said...

I try to schedule stuff, really I do, but it's hard to be consistent and I end up posting on the fly. I guess that works for me. =)

Pat Hatt said...

Pfft I have almost until the end of June scheduled..hahaha...so I don't have to lift a finger if I don't want to. But I still write every day anyway and keep myself about 50 posts ahead.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Now that the challenge is over I'll be back to doing most of my posts on the fly, though my presence will be limited for the next few months.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wrote and formatted all my posts before the Challenge began although I didn't schedule them until the night before due to the Ninja News section. But it was a weird feeling this past weekend when I realized I needed to write a post for today. And Monday! So they are already done and scheduled. After my blogfest I'll ease back and work on my next book though.

Carole Anne Carr said...

If I don't publish the sequel to Candle Dark by the end of July I shall so be so cross with myself, so must get on with it! :0)

Old Kitty said...

I look forward to everyone's spontaneous posts! Yay! take care

Elise Fallson said...

I have no idea what that feels like. I had nothing pre-written for the challenge and posting on the fly was CRAZY. Has anything changed? Not really, I just posted my IWSG on the fly...again. lol.

J. A. Bennett said...

Welcome back! It won't take long for you find your groove again, just keep at it :)

Angelina C. Hansen said...

I didn't participate in the A to Z, except for reading the blogs of many who did. I'll kind of miss all the fascinating posts, but I'm looking forward to a quieter blogosphere.

M.J. Fifield said...

I guess fortunately for me, I wrote all my A to Z posts on the go so the switch to May hasn't been that bad.

But I am looking forward to not needing to come up with a post every day.

Summer Ross said...

I've been away for a while, so it will take me some time to readjust to posting. But I am doing a challenge this may in writing.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

For May I'm just planning on doing a small book tour.

Matthew MacNish said...

I've been writing the majority of my blog posts the morning of for years now, and I continued to do so for A to Z (except Saturdays) so things really haven't changed that much for me.

JeffO said...

"I had managed to schedule all of my A-Z Challenge science posts by April 1,"

Impressive! And part of why I skipped A-Z. I knew I couldn't do it all ahead of time, and I knew I couldn't manage one every day.

mshatch said...

I am happy to get back to my regular blogging schedule which seems like a piece of cake now after April. Like you I pre-scheduled all my posts but it was still a big challenge. I felt like I was running up hill the whole way. Now I'm back on a nice quiet plateau. ah.

Matt said...

I feel like it's almost too late for me to do the A-Z challenge. I have to catch the train for the next trend going on.

mooderino said...

I meant to pre-schedule, but ended doing them a few at a time in little blocks. Glad to be back to a more manageable level.

Moody Writing
The Funnily Enough

Anna Smith said...

It feels weird to not have a promp any more. I enjoyed knowing, well sort of knowing, what I was going to write in advance, so have been working on a schedule for my blog :)

Baur said...

Jeez i really need to read more

Donna Hole said...

I took a blogger break during April, and I'm also having a hard time getting started again. I have a couple posts scheduled, but I'm a little lost now.

I'm hoping to participate in A-Z next year myself, and scheduling all my posts seems like the only way I would be able to keep up too.


michelle said...

I had a combo of pre-written A to Z posts and some of them written a day or two before, as well as some re-posts towards the end of the challenge when I ran out of steam...
I feel out of sync and will have to see what happens...

Krispy said...

I'm trying to have the foresight so that I CAN have some posts scheduled, but I'm usually not hit with ideas until I need to post! Haha.

For May, I'm celebrating Asian American Heritage Month on the blog, so I'm trying to have posts scheduled. We'll see how it actually goes though!

Nancy Thompson said...

It does feel weird be back to normal. I, too, posted way ahead for the A to Z. But then again, I posted ahead for the IWSG, too. That's how I roll. One thing the A to Z did for me is show how fit of a writer I can be. Like when you're in good shape and you exercise all the time, a long run is easy. Same thing goes for the A to Z. It makes all the other blogging stuff a cake walk.

As for May, I'm diving into writing my second book. Already halfway through my outline, then I jump into the deep end - the first draft!

Christine Rains said...

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things too. I scheduled all my Challenge posts before April, so I'm writing news ones now. It was nice to have a month to just visit blogs, though.

Rob-bear said...

My project for May is to finish the A-Z Challenge. I've done P, so Q is next. I know a number of the topics I want to cover, so this should be easy. If my work doesn't intrude too much.

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Avery Marsh said...

My original plan for May was just to finish outlining and rewrite my WIP. But I keep piling stuff on. My blog is what's suffering. I need to get into the habit of scheduling posts so I'll have more time to visit others.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I think I'll adjust quickly to a reduced blogging schedule, although I didn't exactly wear myself out with my A to Z posts. I set a theme, kept the posts very short, and just had fun with it.

May is all about getting back to writing, revising, and submitting.

DeniseCovey_L_Aussie said...

Back to business as usual,Golden, thanks for asking. On May 1 I posted for RomanticFridayWriters, May 4, tomorrow will be my first post for RFW, then the readng/critiquing fun begins. I've just got to find another post for next week for L'Aussie now, but I think I have it. All fun.


Susan Roebuck said...

You did so well in the A-Z , your posts were an education to me. I know I only got up to "S" (because I'm not organized like you all are), but I'm going to start writing again!

anthony stemke said...

I was really impressed with your A-Z posts, I learned a lot and it was very interesting.
Time constraints hurt me a little and the last couple of days could not access the internet, had to drive down to the Taco Bell parking lot to post a blog and my battery life is low, can only stay ten minutes at a time then have to recharge.
Best regards to you.

Beth said...

I scheduled all of my posts for A-Z as you did, and it felt nice not to have to worry about it. But the last two weeks of April none of my scheduled posts posted, so I had to go in and manually publish them. And my comments were low, because I wasn't spending much time around the blogosphere. (But I'm 9.5 months preg so that prolly would have happened anyhow). This month I think I'm going to schedule post a week or two at a time (and hope they post) because it's nice not to have the pressure during the week.

Clarissa Draper said...

Well, I'm happy to avoid writing posts for awhile. I want to get back to writing. Especially not that I'm marketing.

....Petty Witter said...

The Insecure Writer's Support Group sounds like a great feature and not just for the neurotic.

Charles Gramlich said...

It definitely must be a bit weird. I've never done one of the blogging challenges. One of these days I'll have to do that.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I've been surprised to see many blog hops and challenges popping up for May . . .and I'm participating in a few. I have to admit I felt a serious moment of "what now" as I neared the end of A to Z. I signed up for a few blog hops just to fill in a few gaps.

LynNerdKelley said...

I didn't participate in the challenge, but I can imagine how you had to hustle to read all those posts and hustle to leave comments. I'm surprised you're up to even writing a new post this week. I think I'd need a little break. I hope to do the A-Z Challenge next year. Take care, Golden Eagle!

Rusty Webb said...

I had actually written and scheduled about half my posts before April 1 - then I changed my mind about the theme and started over the day before the challenge began.

It is funny to me writing actual words again though. I'd spent the last month drawing pictures every day and was only writing things like, "look at my picture."

Brinda said...

I am definitely slowing down in May to post less often and do more writing on my current MS. I'm impressed that you had all the post done BEFORE April 1. Wow.

M Pax said...

I did same as you. Had all my posts loaded before April 1. I still had my other blog tho. May is my book release. So, I'll be doing lots of guest posts, bouncing around the blogosphere. Giving everyone else a break. Maybe I'll see normal again in mid June. I hope.

DWei said...

I didn't even bother with the A-Z challenge. It didn't work with my everything third day posting schedule.

Also, planning that many posts during finals month is suicide.

Baur said...

Looking forward to the posts!

Baur said...

Looking forward to the posts ;)

The Golden Eagle said...

E. Arroyo: If it works, then good for you! :)

Pat: 50. I didn't read that wrong, yes? Those are a lot of posts ready to go up!

Jamie: Looking forward to reading your posts!

Alex: I know--writing a post seems so foreign. LOL.

Good luck with your book!

Carole: Here's to a productive writing month ahead. :)

Old Kitty: And no one is as good at spontaneous posts than you are. I always, always enjoy visiting your blog!

Elise: But at least you don't have to post 6 days a week, right? :P

J. A.: LOL. Thanks! It does feel a little like returning to something now that the Challenge is over.

Hopefully. :)

Angelina: Me, too. It's easier to keep up that way.

M.J.: That must be a nice change.

Summer: I read about that on your blog! It sounds like a great challenge. :)

Michael: Why, I had no idea. ;)

Matthew: I write my posts at all different times; usually it's just when I can get time in the mornings/early afternoons.

JeffO: Kudos to you for knowing your limits! And going against the flow, too; so many bloggers participated in the A-Z Challenge last month. :)

Mshatch: LOL. Same here. All that replying and commenting (which I still intend to do) won't be so frantic now . . .

The Golden Eagle said...

Matt: And there's always some blogging trend circulating. :) Like when Captain Alex hosts a blogfest . . .

Mooderino: I'm glad to be back with regular commenting and following; it's will be nice to not feel so much pressure.

Anna: Good luck with your schedule! :)

Baur: I need to do that, too. My reading lists for each month have tanked since I started spending more time blogging and working on other projects.

Donna: I can't wait to read your 2013 A-Z Challenge posts! I'm sure they'll be wonderful. :)

Michelle: Same here. I think I'll be able to slide back into a schedule, but you never know what could throw a wrench into the works.

Krispy: I'm really looking forward to your AAHM posts, being Asian myself. :)

Nancy: Indeed! That's definitely a benefit.

Good luck with your outline and draft!

Christine: I agree. It was nice to just visit blogs, though there were so many to get to at times. :P

Rob-bear: I eagerly await reading your posts!

Avery: It sounds like you're busy. Good luck sorting it all out; I've got a busy May in several respects, too.

Patricia: And it's all about the experience! :)

Denise: Anytime. ;)

Cool! I'll be reading.

Susan: Thank you!

But a festival like the one you posted about seems like a worthy reason to miss posts in the A-Z Challenge. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Anthony: Thank you! :)

I hope you get better internet access soon. It's always a pain in the neck when you can't find a connection.

Beth: It is nice to have regular posts go up on their own. It opens up a lot of blogging time later in the week.

Clarissa: Hope you have a great writing month. :)

Petty Witter: Definitely! It's why I really like posting for it.

Charles: I'm sure you'd excel at doing one!

Tyrean: I've signed up for blog events as well. :)

LynNerdKelley: I hope you can! Your posts are so much fun to read.

You too!

Rusty: You had amazing artwork throughout the whole month--I'm amazed that you drew them in only a day!

Brinda: Well, I finished Z on April 1. But almost. :P

M: I'm gearing up to post about your book release next week! :)

DWei: I can't imagine posting for the A-Z Challenge AND working on finals at the same time. It sounds like you're doing an extreme amount of work for a single individual as it is.

Baur: Thanks!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I am readjusing and trying not to be lazy because the frantic April is over.

Karen Lange said...

I applaud those of you who participated in A to Z! What a great accomplishment, congratulations!

Yes, Alex does seem to be everywhere, doesn't he? He's a great example and inspiration to the rest of us writers.

Thanks for commenting on my post over at Tyrean's today. I appreciate your insight and support.

Have a great weekend,

Cherie Larkins said...

About 80% of my posts were done before the A-Z Challenge, so I still did some writing during the month. I'm doing a sort of semi-hiatus where I don't set a blogging schedule for myself to get a break. I'd only blog if I need to, or if something comes up-that sort of thing. It's kinda nice without the pressure to blog everyday and visit other bloggers at the same time. Now I'm just doing it in my own terms. Pretty laidback. :)

Deborah Walker said...

You did really well on the A-z, Eagle. I really enjoyed them.

Claire Hennessy said...

I can't believe you had them all written and scheduled before it even started! How organised is that! I, of course, was madly writing my post the day before each one was needed! Terrifying. Writing, commenting, writing, commenting, exhausting, and now I'm doing it all again!

Carol Riggs said...

Wow, impressive that you wrote all your A-Z's ahead of time! Yeaaaah, writing posts...I didn't do the A-Z but I'm still struggling to keep up with posts lately, with one thing or another going on in "real life." Good luck!!

nutschell said...

I scheduled all my posts before April 1st so i could focus on commenting as well. Now I'm back to writing posts--but I'm actually writing posts ahead of time. I like the feeling of not having to blog on the day the post goes up.:)
Happy weekend!

The Golden Eagle said...

Susan: Me, too. :P

Karen: Thank you!

For sure. :)

It was a great post!

Cherie: Sounds like a good blogging schedule, if it's working for you. :)

Deborah: Thank you so much!

Claire: That's what I did in 2011; I found that while it was fun writing my posts as I needed them, I really wanted to spend more time just commenting and getting around to new blogs.

Carol: Thanks!

Nutschell: It makes things feel a lot steadier, true.

Traci Kenworth said...

I try and schedule my blogs, but lately it's been last minute for at least one post.

The Golden Eagle said...

Traci: I do that, too. It can be hard to find the time before the day a post has to go up!