Melissa Sugar's Blog Report Card
Oh this ain't gonna be pretty.
No, I have not submitted my blog to one of those sites that will grade you on each area and tell you what you are doing right and what needs improvement. I don't have to do anything that drastic to concede that I am not doing what we all know we are supposed to do. This is an unofficial blog report card.
I wish I could tell you that my lack of posting, commenting and participating is because I have been overwhelmed with work or busy with family obligations, but that just isn't the case.
First of all I want to apologize to Sharon Bayliss and Court Young. They are hosting a really cool and unique Buccaneer Blogfest and I feel that I have let them down. I read about the blogfest and I was excited about participating so I signed up while I was out of town with my kids (I signed up late) and so I was already off to a bad start. So, I sincerely apologize to both of these amazing bloggers for my lack of participation. I am going to have to withdraw from the blogfest, but I still intend to visit all of the other bloggers who are participating.
The boys are away at summer camp for four weeks and the girls have just returned from the Bahamas and I had a lengthy To Do list of everything I was going to accomplish while the kids were away.
It looked something like this:
Melissa Sugar's To~Do List
1. Participate in the Buccaneer Blogfest
2. Visit all of the other participants
3. Make daily blog post/ Write weekly book review
4. Write two- three extra blog post per week so I can have my advanced post ready to go
5. Put in extra hours on work projects
6. Write 4000 Words per day
7. Work on revisions & edits for two hours per day
8. Clean out & organize closets/ Hang shelves in the girls room
9. Finally learn how to better use Twitter/Google Plus and other Social Media Sites
10. 45 Minutes of exercise daily
So, how did I do?
What grade do I make on my blog report card?
I did not successfully complete even one item on said list. I posted two out of three of the first week writing assignments for the Buccaneer Blogfest (and that was late). But, I did visit some of the other blogs and met some new friends. I did zero hours of revisions. I did write almost every day, often using the very functional and motivating website for writers, I recently discovered, that is all about writing and getting into your brain, called 750words.com. If you are not familiar with the site, I highly recommend it. I did not come close to 4000 words. My house is messier and just as unorganized as it was two weeks ago.
This is what I actually did:
2. A lot of swimming
3. Spent much needed time with my mom & dad
4. Drank wine with friends
5. Spent all day Saturday & Sunday, in bed with hubbie watching movies
6. Read three novels while sitting out in the sun (sans sunscreen)
7. Neglected email and loved it
8. No exercise, (well swimming is exercise & movie day might have involved some fun exercise- not the kind at the gym though)
9. So basically, I did nothing and I loved loved loved it!
I realize that I cannot continue doing nothing and that the vacation is almost over and the kids will all be home soon. I know that I will have to resume family and work obligations and that I will never even have a chance to have my query letters rejected by dozens of agents if I do not finally finish my revisions. I also realize that my current NIP will not write itself, but I have learned a valuable lesson or two or ten.
My New To-Do List.
1. Stop making To-Do list & just Do
2. Stop taking on more than I can possibly handle as it only sets me up for defeat and feeling like a failure in addition to the horrible dread and sadness I feel when I let my blogger friends down.
My New & Revised Plan Of Attack
Nix the To -do list.
I will remain committed to finishing my revisions and I will set a reasonable date for my query letters to begin.
I will make a huge effort to blog more consistently and I will continue to read and comment on all of your blogs because I really do enjoy reading what you have to say and I love our interaction.
I will make more time for fun and play so that I will not feel like a teenager whose parents are out of town when I do finally do something for myself.
In a nutshell, I will find a way to balance all of the the things I love including, but not limited to family, work, friends, writing, blogging, reading your blogs, reading books, swimming, traveling and of course drinking wine with friends and finding time for all day movie marathons with my husband when the kiddos are away.
Big Fat F on my report card, I will give myself an incomplete.