Saturday, July 31, 2010
Cyber-Suck, Or How I Learn to Stand on One Foot
Let me describe for you my past week (which, oddly enough, I also happen to be learning to do in my Macedonian class this week, but that's completely unrelated). I wake up early, some mornings do yoga, have my tea and cereal (or muffins one morning :) and spend about an hour on Blogger since so many people post or schedule their posts GMT 4:00-13:00 (–5). In this time, I never get through everything I want to read, and leave at least a dozen posts open in tabs in my Firefox window.
After the morning routine (се туширам, мијам забите...) I head to class. Including travel time, this takes about 5:30 hours—all in all not bad, considering some people have real 9-5 jobs, so I'm not complaining. Frequently on our breaks I will even hop on the computer, check my email, and even log into Blogger to respond to someone who's commented on a post—that's how excited I am when you guys comment. Yes, I'm a dork, but a friendly dork :)
After I come home, I get on Blogger and try catching up again or writing my own post. I frequently discover that hours have passed and I still have 2 dozen tabs open that I want to read. But, obviously, I have to stop, do my homework (домашна работа), make dinner (правам вечера), clean up (мијам садови), and then spend time with my husband who I haven't seen all day. After a while, I'm exhausted, so I move upstairs and read until I pass out.
Do you notice what's missing here? Do you see the obvious problem?
As if this weren't bad enough, I've now thrown Twitter into the mix. Btw, folks, I don't get it. I understand the potential. Tweet about your new books, others ReTweet, and thousands more than otherwise will buy the book. And that's awesome. I haven't seen any of that yet, and instead have seen a lot of people talking about their flights being delayed on their way to SCBWI. It actually feels similar to an incredibly disorganized chat room that I used to frequent on a dial-up modem, designed entirely in ASCII. I know people love Twitter, and I know I just need time to sort it out, find more people to follow, figure out what an interesting Tweet might actually be, but all the time I'm dedicating to Twit-covery is yet more time I'm not writing.
I'm still new on the blogoscene, all things considered. I'm still learning my way. But do you have any advice for a poor girl with a time-management problem who just wants to write AND blog-network AND support her friends' blogs AND encourage new followers AND Twick-or-Tweet AND have a real life? Is the answer: stop sleeping? It all comes down to balance, and I've never been good at standing on one foot much less organizing my time. *sigh*
How do you do it? How do you manage your life, your writing, and cyberspace?