The new school year is fast approaching, and I'm trying to decide if work will get in the way of my blogging schedule. I normally brainstorm an idea around 4:00, let is simmer in the back of my mind until 8:00, and then post it before 10:00. Once I'm working my real job again, my oodles and oodles of spare time will be limited to a couple of hours per evening.
Should I try to keep the same blogging schedule? I've toyed with changing it over the past week. I've been so clever in naming my blog with a letter from the bottom of the alphabet. It puts me low on the totem pole of blogrolls. I'm like the unknown comic. But without the paper bag over my head. Not because it hasn't been suggested. Even if blogs use that updatey thingy that puts the most recent posts at the top of the column, my timing still puts me at the bottom during the hours I assume most people read blogs. Though I imagine I'm quite popular with night-owls. And people who like the letter "U".
By posting so late in the evening, when sensible people are having family time or watching TV, I can get lost in the internet cracks. My little batch of followers may never see my enticingly-titled posts pop up in their Blogger reading list. Out of sight, out of mind. Like that petrified McDonald's cheeseburger that I found when cleaning out my Yukon to trade it for a Tahoe. The Yukon. Not the cheeseburger. But wouldn't THAT be a heck of a deal?
I could schedule my posts to automatically appear each morning, when people are having coffee and cinnamon rolls and living the carefree life, without ringmastering the big-top circus main act of corralling kids and backpacks and lunches and trombones before setting off to work. Or post it a bit later for working people to read on morning break. But that might create a problem if anybody at work discovered my clandestine writing hobby, and thought I was doing it on company time and employer's dime. Because I don't imagine the time-shifting argument would hold up very well with people who are not familiar with the concept, and without a concrete method of proof. So I never write or read blogs on the job.
Then there's the awkwardness of mind-juggling my tenses. If I sit down to write about something that happened during my day, I don't want switch yesterday for today, and day-before-yesterday for yesterday, and earlier this week for day-before-yesterday, and...see, it's already become tedious. And what if I was a drinking woman, which I'm not, but for the sake of argument, what if I said, "I'm so stressed out that I'm on my second bottle of wine." And there's the post with an 8:30 a.m. time stamp, and folks raising one eyebrow and sucking air through their teeth, thinking, "Val has a little problem."
After typing up this in-depth look at all the factors, I guess I'll keep my regular blogging schedule of night-time posting and comment-answering. Thanks for reading this little exercise in How Val Makes a Decision. I am now passing out the worksheets. Make sure your name is on it. You must turn in your worksheet before you leave.