Posted by Vicki Moulton on April 16, 2010
What’s the difference between an excuse and an explanation? The answer depends on what you’re trying to achieve. If you need to buy more time, maybe build up a little sympathy for your situation, then that’s an excuse. If you need to clarify misinformation with a matter-of-fact statement, then that’s an explanation.
My excuse for not blogging recently has to do with a whole host of changes happening in my life, which have turned my attention away from the blog as a business marketing tool… but only temporarily. (Fear not: I’m still here, ready to work!)
When changes started happening about a month ago, I originally intended to take just a few days off from blogging, Facebook, and Twitter. A few days turned into a week. One week turned into two. And now here it is, mid-April already, and I’ve let myself fall out of the loop entirely. My good intentions were completely dashed to hell. Clearly I wasn’t coping well with the changes happening around me. And while all of this was going on, I had two computers crash and burn, culminating in the loss of three weeks’ worth of data and email. (Insert angry, frustrated expletives here.)
Sprinkled throughout these weeks filled with challenges were emails and phone calls with potential clients, meetings with colleagues and collaborators, and successfully completed projects for steady clients. So actually the work didn’t stop–just my means of communicating with the wider world.
Where does that leave me on this warm Friday afternoon? Feeling motivated to get back into the groove, glad to have posted something new here and on Twitter before the weekend, and intending to embrace those life changes instead of letting them derail me. Change is good. (Yes, it is.)
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Posted by Vicki Moulton on February 9, 2009
Back in the early ’90s, when I was attending all sorts of writing and poetry workshops and actively participating in writing group discussions, I was encouraged to “write something every day, even if you don’t feel like it.” This was good advice when I thought I wanted to be the next great American fiction writer, and I tried to follow it judiciously.
But once I was writing prose for a living, this advice seemed irrelevant. I was already writing stuff for my clients. Why should I also write something on my own, for no money? Taking such a flippant attitude was probably where I lost my way as a serious writer of serious things (i.e., a person who keeps a journal and/or writes fiction/poetry all the time).
I do actually write something every single day, whether it’s email, personal or professional blogging, or just fragmented thoughts on a notepad. What I’m not doing is working on polishing anything original, like a short story or a poem, or even the beginnings of an article that might someday get published. This is what was meant by “write something every day.”
Promoting my business to the wider world is moving up on my priority list, starting with the networking event this evening. And as long as I’m motivated to print out new business cards and post something new on my business blog, I might as well use that motivation to write something completely unrelated to my business.We all have to begin somewhere, when we start something new. Adding a new daily activity can be difficult to habituate, and I certainly don’t expect it to happen overnight. So I’m going to start with today and see how it goes. (Monday always seems to be the day when I try new things!) Today I will write something non-email, non-blog, non-note… Something with purpose, something that interests me, something that could take me somewhere new.
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