Before my monthly ode to insecurity, here’s a big
to Elizabeth Seckman, the winner (by popular vote) of my recent Photo Caption contest.
Queen Elizabeth, (whose debut novel, Past Due launched Tuesday:), please feel free to enjoy unlimited Photo Caption bragging rights through 11:59 p.m. (EST), June 30, 2012. (Please note: All brags will automatically void away to nothingness July 1, 2012.)
|Please, No Autographs...|
Thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to vote. It is much appreciated by me – although I must apologize as Son No. 3 has tired of *cute* and is working on *cool*.
And so, onto Insecure Writer’s Support Group…My insecurity this month is blog-related comments.
Don’t get me wrong… I love leaving comments. My “issue” concerns replying/acknowledging comments received, and responding to replies via the comment section (once I leave a comment.)
With comments left on my blog, the problem is I’m never able to respond to all comments within (what I perceive to be the etiquette-demanded time frame of) twenty-four hours.Sometimes, (gasps!) I don’t respond for days, and then I worry… has the person already forgotten he wrote? Will she despise me for being so late - and so lame?
As you can see, Mark is a people-pleaser, and would we, hmm, say just a little overly dramatic?
– Mark’s Wife.I wish I had the time to quickly answer all my comments – I appreciate each and every one – but when I spend extended time on comments, it eats into my limited writing time… and then WIP suffers because I was trying to do the right thing on the blog side.
And when WIP suffers, it sucks because I think about it every day – and feel like I've lost an opportunity when I head to bed without moving WIP along – if even a little.
But, on the other hand, I love me my blog buddies (my “Bluddies”) and the time I spend here is never wasted – my writing has vastly improved since last year, (look... no more horribly adverbs,) which means that WIP has benefited from not being worked on.
It’s all terribly confusing.Another worry is replying to comments directly on my blog, or when I leave comments elsewhere.
I’ve made it a point (for the most part) not to respond to comments on my blog – or return and review my comments on other blogs.
My reasoning is that this takes an awful lot of time – and sometimes I’ll get distracted, read another great post, leave a comment, wash, repeat and do again, only to wonder (an hour later) who’s blog was I trying to comment on in the first place?Oh, how I wish I could borrow Alex’s “Blog Borg” suit and spend quality hours a day browsing, reading, commenting and revisiting, but I have to choose – and my choice is WIP.
|I. Am. SIGGY.|
(Stands up, hands on hips, in full SIGGY costume.)
Is this bad etiquette – and if it is, and I still won’t change my ways – does this make me a bad blogger?(Mark’s wife sighs…)
It’s OK dear… the Angels baseball will be on soon, and then you can grill some steaks for dinner…it’s going to be alright.
Really.OK, thanks J
And so, off he moseyed into the dusk of another Hawaiian sunset…
A mission: Finish WIP and one day be the best commenter…