It’s New Year’s Eve here in New Zealand. This year has just raced past. I’m sorry I’ve been so slack about posting lately. Just been so busy with work that I haven’t done much of anything else. Everything has been neglected. But I’m going to make a concerted effort to post more regularly.
Interestingly, I’ve been talking with both my kids lately about how to make a success of a social media endeavour. My daughter (12) wants to create a YouTube channel, and my son (16) is a Twitch streamer. My husband and I have been telling them that if they want to be successful, they need to plan, be consistent, work on marketing themselves across different platforms, etc. etc. And I was sitting there feeling guilty because I haven’t been doing that for the last few months. I’ve neglected all the amazing people who follow me, and on top of that, I haven’t even been reading/liking/commenting the posts of the people I follow either. I just…disappeared. That’s a good way to slide into obscurity, huh?
Success doesn’t mean millions of followers, likes or comments. Not to me. It doesn’t even mean being a professional and making money from it, although, wouldn’t that be nice? (That’s an old Beach Boys song, right?) It’s just about connecting with people, and not being alone in the void. I think that’s what my daughter is after too. My son is hoping to become a professional streamer, eventually, but he’s realistic about the timeframe for that.
So despite the fact that my very short Christmas holiday is nearly over (I go back to work on Wednesday), I’m about to sit down and work on my blog. I’ve got some more interviews lined up, some more poetry and short stories to share, and some other stuff to post. I just have to take my own advice and be organised, which means doing it while I have the time and energy. And I’ve got a ton of blog posts to read too. So while I go do those things, I’d love to hear how you stay on top of your blog. How much pre-planning do you put into content? Do you schedule posts? I’ve been blogging for a long time, but it’s always been at my whim. This ‘planning’ is new to me. I’d welcome any tips.
Hi, I'm Elle. I'm based in Auckland, New Zealand. I'm a moderator at Writing.com, the mother of two gifted children, the wife of a Twitch gaming streamer and the Queen of Unfinished Projects. I've been reading since I was 4 years old, writing poems (badly) since 1994, blogging since 2001 and I started studying photography in 2010. This blog will contain poems, short stories, photos, book reviews and my thoughts on a variety of topics. Hope you enjoy it.