Thoughts on Scheduling

So I’ve been thinking about the whole YouTube thing and last Tuesday I told my therapist that I want to commit to it.

The problem is, I don’t know what to commit myself to for a focus. I like the music and making music videos so I think this is a good place to start. Eventually, I would like to start posting videos that contain my original content.

Looking into advice for YouTube that’s out there, the leading recommendation is do whatever it is you’re passionate about and set up a schedule. Deadlines generate motivation for a lot of people.

It got me thinking about my blog here and my posting habits. I have two features that I try really hard to be consistent with and that’s my mood trackers on Sundays and the Chaos Rally on Fridays. I used to have the Chaos Pen Challenge over at the Writing Hallow every Saturday, along with a mini Tarot Prompt on the Chaos Pen every Thursday.

I’ve been trying to bring the mini Tarot Prompts back on schedule, but I think the reason I let the Chaos Pen Challenge fall to the wayside is that I allowed it to become too complex. It no longer felt inspiring to me when I put them together. But NaNoWriMo is coming and I have nothing outlined or planned despite feeling like I ought to participate. I’m tempted to bring the Chaos Pen Challenge back on a daily basis for November and just use that as a pantsing method in writing a zero draft. You can’t publish anything (even if just on a blog) if you don’t write.

I don’t know why I’m waffling on NaNoWriMo so hard. Maybe it’s because I don’t currently have a desire to write another novel since I haven’t finished revising the one I wrote last year? I’m still stuck on chapter 12 in that and I don’t understand why. I do know that a part of me feels like I need to completely finish that one before I start another one.

I just released a new music video this morning on YouTube, but I think I need to pick a fixed day to post those. So far, I’ve posted them as soon as they were ready and set them live the same day so there hasn’t been a consistent time table for those yet. I’m thinking that Wednesdays might be a good day for that. BUT… I still have two Halloween songs that I picked out to make videos for. I’m running out of time to be on time with that. I think I’ve gotten ahead of myself with this one.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is, I’m trying to figure out what’s the best way for me to manage everything. I do feel a schedule of some kind is in order here, while still leaving me room to post whatever random thoughts I may have as I have them.

I also need to consider social media for networking and put myself out there more. It’s weird, I don’t have a problem with writing and sharing whatever it is I wrote. It’s the idea of advertising myself as a brand that gives me pause. Somehow advertising my blog via networking doesn’t feel organic in my head. I’m not sure if I’m even making sense with this one.

In any case, I’ve decided to draw up and publicly post a schedule in my blog’s pages. This will set self accountability for myself with the deadlines and give visitors an idea of what I’m doing when. I’m even open to suggestions.

One thought that has occurred to me in all this is, as I add more scheduled features I run the risk of not writing about life in a life story blog. I may need to launch a family newsletter feature at some point.

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