It's been awhile since I've posted anything substantial on our sweet little Secret Life of Writers blog, besides some kick-ass interviews. And that would be because I screwed up our group schedule.
I scheduled posts on the wrong days, because even though Stefanie is an amazing schedule monger, I apparently can't read correctly. And then I started feeling a little lackluster in my posting topics because I was overwhelmed with all things real life, and this blog took a back seat.
I wasn't the only one of my fellow group bloggers that felt this way. With looming deadlines and day jobs and tiny banshee children running around, it became difficult for us to continue communicating efficiently, and in a timely manner. And as you guys know, once something feels like it's slipping, it's hard to stay motivated to bring it back to life.
Running a group blog is both harder and easier than running your own. That's the secret. When I first started contributing here, I thought that it would be easier because I'd have four other people to bounce ideas off of, four other people to pick up my posting slack. And that still holds true. But what I didn't account for was that four other people had to be okay with the schedule/topics before they posted. Four other people had to chime in on email chains with their opinions, and four other people had to have the same vision as I did.
Difficult, but not impossible.
But honing those things, including redefining our mission and what we want to do for the writing community, takes time, patience, and persistence. That's why we're taking the next two weeks off. We'll be working behind the scenes to revamp our weekly posts, schedule some upcoming bad-ass author interviews, and become an overall efficient word-crunching machine. We're taking a hard look at the things that works here, and everything that doesn't line up with our mission is getting the boot.
So this is where I need you to chime in, Secret Lifers! Is there a feature you love that you think needs to stay? What about stuff you don't love? We're taking everything into consideration as we overhaul this blog. Tell us in the comments what you'd like to see from us.
See ya in two weeks!
Andrea Hannah is a YA writer represented by Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider. She writes stories about criminals, crazy people, and creatures that may or may not exist. When she's not writing, Andrea teaches special education, runs, spends time with her family, and tries to figure out a way to prevent her pug from opening the refrigerator (still unsuccessful). Oh, and she tweets a bajillion times a day, mostly about inappropriate things.
You can find her on Twitter @: http://twitter.com/andeehannah