Monday Morning Mashup: 5/14/12

creative combination
or mixing of content
from different sources.

Good grief. It’s been a month since I posted my last mashup. I have all kinds of excuses about how busy I’ve been, and though true, that’s what they are . . . excuses.

I must admit, I’ve grown a bit weary of trying to keep up with social media. I enjoy it, perhaps too much. That’s probably why it has become such a “time-suck” which is perhaps why I’ve fallen behind on my REAL writerly responsibilities – to write  which is perhaps why I’ve tired of the whole thing, including at times, my REAL writerly responsibilities.

But I’m re-inspired now, thanks in part to this article by Ingrid Scaffenburg, a friend and business associate of Kristen Lamb, who will be one of our guest speakers at the August meeting of Ozarks Writers League. (Linda Apple will be our other guest speaker.)

In this post, Ms. Schaffenburg writes about how Facebook sparked her flame to know “why she was put on this earth.” She states, “This revolutionary communication medium could very well connect you to the destiny you never even knew you wanted.”

There is no doubt that Facebook (and Twitter) put you “out there” in ways that were never before possible. I suppose I think of it as dessert to my writerly world. I just need to be sure to eat my vegetables, too.

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And speaking of nutrition, in this article on DailyBlogTips, Ali Luke provides excellent advice on how to improve your blog’s “health.” It’s easy to use our blogs as a “stream of thought” medium, but in her article, Ms. Luke discusses the importance of structure.

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And now, for a light snack. How many times have you pulled your hair out, searching for a synonym for “walk?” At least I hope I’m not the only one who’s done that. At any rate, even if you haven’t, I guarantee you will in the future. So, here’s a post to help you out.

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The deeper that sorrow
carves into your being,
the more joy
you can contain.
                                                ~ Kahlil Gibran
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7 Responses to Monday Morning Mashup: 5/14/12

  1. Hi Jan! Thank you for the mention 🙂

    I’m so glad you were re-inspired by the blog. I’ve certainly had days where social media’s become a time-suck. But I think it’s all about finding a balance. The majority of our time should be focused on our art. For me, I work during the day and get on social media at night. With the exception of a few breaks during the day sometimes 😉 So I guess it’s all about finding what works for us. What schedule makes the most sense.

    Thanks again!


  2. Madison Woods says:

    A great mash-up Jan 🙂 I’ve dropped one more of the days from my blogging schedule now, too and am taking Saturdays and Sundays off from now on. Once the run of pitches is done, I’ll add Thursday to the list of blogging days off, too 😉 My blog-every-day challenge to myself is over. It served its purpose in opening the line of communication from my mind to my fingertips and I no longer have trouble making words happen on demand.


    • janmorrill says:

      I don’t know how you’ve kept up AND still gotten any writing done, Madison. If it’s been a challenge for you, too, I feel a little better in the shadow of your super-human presence. 🙂 You’ve done a great job inspiring so many of us.


  3. Madison Woods says:

    Oh it was definitely hard to do, but it had purpose and I’m comfortable with stopping now that I’ve reached where I currently am with it. I built something with my blog, didn’t have an idea at first what that might be, but as I allowed myself to have ideas, transcribe them into posts and blog promotional things, I learned a lot. And now I’m ready to let it float a little more independently while I give the final push to finishing my novel’s edits. Once that’s done, though, I’ll be back to trying out more ideas with the blog. Now that I’ve learned how to FB properly, hahaha – I resisted FB so much at first – I can let the three of those platforms support each other and me in my small but growing social presence while I’m editing. On my ‘off’ days, I’ll still post a blog if there’s something on my mind I feel I need to post. But I’ll still keep up with the remaining schedule because, whew, building a following was difficult and I don’t want it to drop off too far while I’m focused on the edits. A large part of the process felt like climbing up a steep hill. But sooner or later it reaches a plateau. To go higher, I’ll have to do more climbing but I’m going to take a break here for a while on this plateau 😉


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