When I started this blog my main goal was to be honest, I wanted to record this journey and be truthful about how it was going and how I felt about it. This is one of those posts :D
So, over the past few days I’ve been in a bit of a weird head space!
I love writing and I’m very lucky to be able to dedicate all of my time to it as my full time career.
But when I thought about it, I’m not dedicating my full time to it. I write for around 1.5-2 hours a day, five days a week and though that’s a lot more than most people get the chance to do, it’s still not enough for me.
Most of my workday is spent doing social media.
Now, I’ve gone on about my inability to make proper use of social media before :D I’m also not good at using it for marketing, etc.
I’d say I’ve not done bad in book sales, more than some indie authors, but I also have to say that not seeing a rise in sales throughout the year but just a steady stream, kind of put me in a bit of a funk.
Why was I spending so much time on creating my author platform etc, if it isn’t going to help with sales?
Now, my writing isn’t all about they money :D But I do want to make a living off of it and though I understand I am a new author, it can be incredibly disheartening to see indie authors put out one book and they get to number 1 without seeming to do much at all, and my books float in the sea with the rest.
It just got me thinking about if I am using my time wisely. If my hours on social media aren’t gaining me sales or getting my name out any further, should I be spending so long on it?
As you probably have heard me say many times before, I really don’t like marketing! Those who do it well are successful, but I don’t do it well, I barely do it at all. The thought of shoving my work in people’s faces constantly really drains me and social media is a part of that. Trying to get my name out there and my work recognised is emotionally exhausting because I’m just not that type of person.
Now that I have established myself with a blog and things, is it time to allow myself to take a step back and wait for my books to speak for me?
What I’m trying to say is, I miss writing.
I could write all day if I could :D And that’s exactly what I’m going to do for a while.
I have made the decision that for the rest of the month, I am going to take a bit of a back seat on the social media thing. I’ll have a few blog posts, but not too many I don’t expect. I will still read others blogs, because I always enjoy your guys posts and find some great tips and information! But I probably won’t comment as much as I normally do.
I think not commenting as much on others blogs is part of my hesitance to cut back on blogging and social media. I have made a great many blogging friends and am so incredibly grateful for their support, I like to show mine by commenting and sharing their posts.
The social media side of things is important, I know, it’s the only way to get my name out there, but I really need to just write for a while, to give my everything to the craft I love so much.
So, if I’m not commenting as much as usual, please don’t think I’m not reading, because I will be! I hope you guys understand :)
Have a brilliant weekend everyone, I hope it’s a good one!