How I Blog

148I try to keep up a fairly regular Monday-Wednesday-Friday blog schedule, but this can get to be fairly time-consuming if I’m dealing with a little bit of writer’s block. I also try to write at least one meaningful post each week. Whether about family or adoption or parenting or my life, I try to give you a reason to stick around. If I manage to push out that meaningful post, I allow myself fluffier topics for the other two days (unless I’m just feeling on top of things and want to double-up with the in-depth).

I don’t have time to write every day, so it is important for me to plan well and use the free writing time I have to the fullest. At any given moment, I have a running list of possible topics and semi-drafted posts in my email drafts. I also schedule posts in advance on my blog calendar. This isn’t set in stone and I do move things around quite frequently, but it gives me something to work with and visualize. All of my posts go live at 7am. I don’t have a clue why I do that.]

I also tend to have a number of non-time-sensitive, fluffy, fun posts written and ready to go. I schedule these in wordpress once I’ve written them, but they usually jump around a number of weeks as more important topics come up that I want to discuss. For example, the Wordless Wednesday post I have scheduled for this week was originally planned for May 7th. I didn’t need it there though, so it kept getting bumped to a new date.

I have my main topics I like to write about: parenting, the little man’s disability, my day-to-day life and tendency to over-schedule, fatness, adoption, and my thymectomy. I’m trying out the Saturday review posts. Outside of that, I’m completely flexible. My desire to write about the thymectomy actually started this particular blog, as my googling to find personal stories about the surgery turned up a whole lot of nothing. Some of my early posts are the most raw and emotional for me and I plan to share them again for my new readers as the blog continues to age.

This is a personal blog. I’m not out there looking to gain a following, reel in advertisers (although I’m always open if you want to send me free stuff!), or make money. It is my outlet. I have always loved to write – I was the kid penning stories during our free time in class instead of zoning out or drooling on my desk. I authored little poems like my life depended on it. Every single bit of that stuff sucks, but it was – and is – a big part of me. Some people garden. Some people play an instrument. Some people dress up as comic book characters. I write.

A lot of friends and family who know my interests well ask if I ever plan to write a fiction book. Truth is I would love to, but I just don’t think I have a story inside of me. Maybe one day I will, but for right now I don’t think I’m that kind of writer.


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