Book v. Blog Priorities

Looking back at the blahs that hit me a few weeks ago, I realized that even though it was hard for me to do much writing those days, I still made sure I had posts here on my regular days if not my regular times. Which is good, in a way, but part of me is wondering why I didn’t spend that time and precious energy on the book itself.

It needed it. I made so little progress that week that the work I did could be considered more treading water until I could start again. And that extra time could’ve helped.

So why did I throw energy here instead of there?

The best I can figure is that I felt obligated to add something to the blog those days because…

  1. I said I would (it’s right there on the home page), and
  2. people can read this now.

In a way, it’s easier to skip energy promised to the book because no one sees the results of that (yet) except me. People can see the lack of post here that same day (theoretically – assuming someone looks).

I’m not sure how I feel about that. I understand it: the reasoning behind it’s pretty clear. But I’m not sure whether it was the right choice for that week or not.

On the one hand, everything I’ve read about blogs says that consistency is pretty important for building an audience. And building an audience is important for selling the book once it’s finished.

But if the book doesn’t get finished, having the audience doesn’t do me much good. And I’d be breaking a bigger promise to you and to myself.

TL;DR, I guess the choice I made is ok because I was still spending time on the book, but if I ever got where I had a choice between posting to the blog or spending time on the book, the book needs to come first.

Has anyone else run into this? Did you come to the same conclusion? Or am I overthinking things? (As usual)


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