Would you believe that I will have posted 424 blog posts in 2013?
I made a serious effort this past year to build my blog audience by posting daily, and I am so glad to say I did it! I’ve connected with so many amazing people this year– obsessive-compulsives and the people who love them; people who love literature and writing and words; amazing people of faith; amazing people without faith; friends and family who care about what I’m up to.
I’m so blessed.
That said, 424 blog posts in a year is wild. While I have love-love-loved 2013, it’s been a lot on my plate with writing a novel, querying agents, selling my manuscript, starting a literary journal, keeping up with friends, working a full-time job (in which I travel each fall and spring), doing advocacy work related to OCD, keeping in touch with blog readers via email and comments, staying on top of my reading list (#fail), staying healthy, and getting enough sleep.
This year, staying healthy and getting enough sleep were continually pushed to the bottom of the list.
I want to change that.
I’ll still work my full-time job, and I’ll be editing Truest and writing my next book, so those things can’t change, but the amount of blogging I do can.
Here’s what I’m thinking (at least for now):
Mondays: blog about something related to mental illness
Tuesdays & Thursdays: blog about writing, faith, my life, books I’m reading, the journey toward publication, etc.
And, of course, if random things come up that I want to share with you, I won’t hesitate to post those as well. But I’ll aim for three posts a week and see if I go through blogging withdrawals. 🙂 (I’m not kidding– I might! Being able to vent through my blog is very therapeutic for me!)
Thank you so much to everyone who took my survey. I should have guessed that it would be all over the map: the OCs want more posts about OCD, the readers want more book reviews, the writers want more about the writing life. Interestingly– and so humbling– people wanted more of me:
- “Other things you’re working on”
- “More of you … I’m most interested when you’re talking about your life.”
- “Honesty about your life”
- “Your personal experiences are always enlightening.”
- “I feel like since this is your site about you and what you value, just keep at it. In other words ‘Jackie’ is an interesting person and I like learning about Jackie.”
- “Really thrilled to be let into your journey”
- “Really love hearing about your personal journey with OCD”
- “Just you and your selfless honesty”
Wow, guys. Thanks!
So, here’s to 2014! May it be a year full of healing and creativity for all of us.