I'm At a Loss

So I usually post on Mondays, and I'm PANTSING THIS POST!!


Because I'm drawing a blank about what the topic should be about!! LOL (Random thought, how can you DRAW a blank? Hence the cliched phrase, I guess.)

So I'll turn it back to you!!

How do you find your blog topics? Do they just come as you go about your writing week and you get inspiration? Do you make a list as ideas come to you? I totally need to do that.

Another question on my mind lately: So many of you are writers AND have a blog AND kids AND/OR have jobs. How do you manage your time? I'm just curious, because it seems I try really hard to comment on blogs and it takes up several hours sometimes, and yet it seems like I'm always behind! And then I have to take days sometimes before I can squeeze in time to check more blogs. I want to know how you awesome people do it!!


(<---- Just hafta say, these pants are super cute. I'd wear em. Except for the stringy ties.)

So if you're willing, spill! Please! :D

(Btw, had no idea there were laws against saggy baggy pants, but I guess after finding this picture-----> there are!!)

37 comments

Joanna said...

I'm a pantser, Cortney, so what has helped me with blogging is actually having a kind of schedule, so I focus on different things on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This structure has helped me enormously in coming up with ideas. :-)

I struggle with the time commitment necessary to blog, comment and develop other social networks, and I am thinking of taking a month break, to focus more on, yep, WRITING!!

Kyra Lennon said...

I am a total pantser. I never know what is going on my blog until I sit down to write a post!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I'm a pantser with my blog, but a hybrid (pantser/plotter) with my fiction! The reason I am a pantser for the blog is, I believe, because I'm always trying to get an idea and write something at the last minute. I think you hit on the issue for "doing it all" is time. I don't always comment on every blog I read, and I've had to prioritize blogs in google reader. I'm editing now, and in order to get that done, I try to edit between 9:00 and 11:00 at night, after the kids are in bed. I get cranky, sometimes, though, because I normally need a lot of sleep!

Tobi Summers said...

I do two consistent posts a week, Teaser Tuesday and Flash Fiction Friday. Everything else I pants. And sometimes I ramble.

I have a full time job, and I feel like I spend as much time looking at Twitter and blogs as I do working. It's kind of exhausting sometimes, and sometimes I just skim. Putting the Google Reader app on my phone helped, because I can keep up no matter where I am.

Daisy Carter said...

I plan my blogs because I keep my blogging to a very strict time limit. Doing the A-Z will be more time consuming than usual for me, but it seems worth it so far! But I plan my blogs, and I try to write a post a night before bedtime. Since I only post 2-3 times a week, I'm well ahead of schedule.

The problem, like you said, is visiting other blogs. It sucks away the time, but it's SOO fun! I'm still working on how to keep blog-hopping from taking over my writing time (like now!) If you figure it out, let me know!

Jenn said...

I only post once or twice a week, and I set a timer for how long I'll read and comment on other blogs each day. I'm a pantser too, when it comes to blog posts. Otherwise, I would spend all day on my computer, not get any writing done, and not spend quality time with my kiddos. Weekends are dedicated to family time and writing, no blogging.

M.J. Fifield said...

I do a little of both. I occasionally make lists of things I want to blog about and some times I actually get around to blogging those things. But mostly I just blog about what I want when I want. It makes for sporadic posting but I can only do what I can do.

Francesca Zappia said...

I try to plan my blogs, because if I didn't they'd probably never get written. But I'm right there with you on the "not enough time" thing--when I started my blog last summer, I had plenty of free time to check everyone's blogs and comment and all that fun stuff, but right now I just can't do it. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up on that again this summer. >.<

Cortney Pearson said...

A timer is an excellent idea! I'm like you, if I'm not careful, I get sucked in and can be commenting for hours and not have time for my kids or for writing!

Cortney Pearson said...

Yay, breaks are good. Thanks for the tips!

Cortney Pearson said...

Awesome! :-p

Cortney Pearson said...

I don't use google reader much, but it sounds great. And I hear you, I need sleep too! I've thought about getting up earlier to squeeze in more time for blogging...not sure I can hack it though! :-p

Cortney Pearson said...

You're the second person to mention google reader! I need to look into it!

Cortney Pearson said...

Planning is excellent--it's what I'd like to do more of blog-post-wise. Yes, looking at other blogs definitely takes time, but I love it! And it takes up my writing time too, but I think it's so essential and so fun. Today I tried getting up earlier to squeeze in more time, and it's worked pretty well! Not sure I can keep it up, though! ;)

Cortney Pearson said...

Sporadic is good too!

Cortney Pearson said...

Yeah, I hope you can catch up too! I feel like I'm trying to catch up all the time, lol! :D

Emily R. King said...

I do make a list of ideas, but mostly, because I blog infrequently (3 times or less a week) I don't need to. I also write my posts ahead of time then decide if I'll use them or ditch them.

Cassie Mae said...

Whenever I can't think of something to post, I join a bloghop. haha!

And I don't manage my time well, so I'm not the best person to come to advice about that. :) I'm currently watching the kids beat on each other while I sit in my underwear trying to catch up on blogs before I get in the shower. Ya, it's been an hour and I've nowhere near scratched the surface of catching up.

Theresa said...

I'm a pantser but like you I can't figure out how everyone else manages their time. There have been days where I have spent up to three hours hopping from blog to blog commenting and still hadn't managed to get to every blog on my list. Now I'm going back to work and have no idea how I'm going to manage. I love Cassie's comment, "Whenever I can't think of something to post, I join a bloghop." Exactly!!!

Rachel Searles said...

Afraid I can't offer you any advice, as my posts these days are few and far between, and extremely random. I don't have kids, but between my job and my husband and trying to hit the gym every so often, if I blog regularly, I don't get any creative writing done at all. Maybe someday once my writing income allows me to quit my job... (HA!) ;)

Deana said...

My ideas come through the week...which I usually forget by the time I actually sit down to write. I have got to get better at that!

As for making time. I am learning that some people seem to be able to do it all. I am not one of those people. I always want my family and my writing to come before my blog and if I find that isn't happening I have to take a step back. I've found that the blogging family out there is pretty understanding of needing to take a break from time to time.

Leigh Covington said...

LOL! You're so stinking awesome! I love it. Funny picture about the pants rules. hahaha. I know so many people that need to see that! I pants a lot of my posts. Usually something happens in my book, or during the week that sparks some sort of idea, but there are the times when I have no idea what to write about!!! I hate those days. Somehow, it all works out. Seriously - how fun is this post? I love it!

Fairview said...

Love the pants drawings/photos. Sometimes I have a lot to say. Sometimes, nothing at all so I hear you.

So far as time goes, well, I multi-task. It isn't as efficient as it sounds though. I watch tv and type at the same time and I end up not remembering what I watched and gibberish on the page.

Hope Roberson said...

Drives me nuts when I see people with their pants hanging down, I want to run up to them and yank their pants up giving them a wedgie :) Lately, as soon as a blog idea starts, I create a new post with notes in it and save it as a draft. If I don't, the idea will be gone forever :) I'd wear those pants too!

LynNerdKelley said...

I get a lot of ideas for posts from my family. They're always saying crazy things and it triggers an idea. I was doing okay for about a day as far as keeping up with writing and blogging and Twitter and FB. Then we spent over two months moving eveyrthing out of our house and are trying to get our apartment organized. What a joke. There was a slab leak last week. We had to move half the stuff in the apartment to make room for the plumbers to fix it. I'm living in a sit com, I tell ya. I've been babysitting my grandbaby full-time since January 2nd, 9 hrs. a day. Doesn't leave much time for blogging or writing at all. I'm wiped out when I got home but it's a very rewarding tired. This little 7 month old baby kicks my butt, but I don't think I've ever been happier, so I need to learn to work faster -- read faster, stop getting sidetracked by interesting headlines or links, and make the most of my time. Best of luck to you!

Carol Kilgore said...

I spend a couple of hours every day blogging. It's my social networking media of choice. I work it in when I can. Writing comes first. Which is why I'm often/usually responding to comments and visiting blogs in the afternoons and evenings.

Kelley said...

You are so cute! Lot the pants pictures :)

I am usually a panster when it comes to blog posts. I only post three times a week. Which REALLY helps because I don't have enough meaningful things to say to have more posts then that AND it gives me enough time to check everyone else's.

Nyrae Dawn said...

Time? What is that?? LOL. It's so hard. I only do the best I can.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm glad you like it.

Jack said...

Sometimes my posts come the day before. Sometimes, it's weeks in advance. So I usually begin thinking about it during the week, write it Wednesday night, proof it Thursday and schedule it for Friday. I broke that habit earlier in January and I noticed my writing waned because of it. Now, I stick to my schedule and the writing flows easily. I enjoy blogging now because I have no expectations of wanting to "get" followers. If people like my stuff they'll follow, if not then that's cool too. I write my posts for myself just as much as for others! :)

As for commenting on blogs, it also takes some time for me to contribute something interesting to the discussion. I tend to also comment at night and limit it to an hour. It's hard to do but I've learned to quickly collect my thoughts and spit out what's on my mind! LOL

Ok, I think that about does it! Great post, Corney! Thought provoking, in fact! :D

Morgan said...

LOL! How have I not been here yet? Oh, I was in your notes all day!

Too funny, Cort. Great post. Managing time? Oh man... I just do my best. It's a constant battle all. day. long. And I'm a total pantser when it comest to blog posts... whatever is on my mind comes out. It works for me ;)

Suzi said...

I'm more of a planner when it comes to blogging (but not writing in general.) Two of my weekly posts are in a theme. But if I had to just blog about whatever, I couldn't do it 3 times a week. I'd run out of stuff to talk about--or at least interesting stuff. Who knows if it's even interesting now. I'm working on it.

My 3rd weekly post is for whatever, and I have a few ideas on my list. But luckily, things have worked out with contests and lucky meme tagging and that kinda thing to just fill it in.

Google Reader has been wonderful for reading blogs--helping me keep track. I waste so much less time now.

Munir said...

I started writing because I was afraid that my grandson will be living in an unsafe world. I write as things concern me. Job and house work o not hold me back but worries of any kind will. Right now I am under a lot of tension as my hubby is going to have a stress test, ( he had an open heart surgery three years ago). So as long as there are no worries I like to write as it is very cathartic.

elizabeth seckman said...

How do I keep up? I don't! I'm never as active as I'd like to be. Post ideas? I keep a list as they hit me, but sometimes it will just a note that says...post about cat food...then I'll think, what the heck was I talking about?!

Sarah Pearson said...

I am always always behind on my blog reading. Sometimes I'll read a week's worth of posts on a persons blog and just comment on the most recent.

As for my own blog. Unless I'm involved in a bloghop, or have an interview or guest post scheduled, I just decide on the day :-)

Cortney Pearson said...

Wow, you guys have some great ideas! I like the idea of scheduling posts ahead of time, and I'm going to check out Google Reader!!! Thanks for the tips and insights!!! :D

Andrew Leon said...

I believe "drawing a blank" has to do with dominoes. I'm not positive that that's the origin, but there are places you can look it up.

Joshua said...

I have themes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and occasionally I'll do a photo bomb drop, but I don't really schedule posts, so it's always, "What's on my mind" kind of stuff.

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