Progress Report on Life and Life Online
As I've mentioned before, I've been over-extended lately. More and more has to be done offline, and the time has to come from somewhere. That somewhere appears to be online time. I have to get tough with myself and see if I can be a disciplined blogger or if I'm just playing around with my writing activities.
First, here's what's happening in the real world. I get my first physical therapy evaluation for my knee problem on Tuesday. That probably will be the beginning of one or more appointments every week interrupting the middle of the day. I also anticipate having to get more dental work after they look at my teeth during the cleaning the following Tuesday. I'm also having a problem with unexplained pain in my left foot – the one I had half a toe joint replaced in last April. My instep is turning in. I need to find a solution. Between that and my bum knee, I can no longer go for walks. I also get the occasional order that sends me home to process it. That is unpredictable.
As all residents of the USA know, taxes are due on April 15. Ours are complex. We haven't started working on them yet. I don't even have the software yet. When we start working on them, everything else comes to a stop around here.
As far as online activities go, I have to get serious about seeing where I spent my time and how it helps me professionally or in making money. I'm cutting down on all but one Twitter account for the time being until I can see what I should be doing with those accounts. I have no real return on my Buffer tweets and I'm glad I didn't go for a paid plan. Hootsuite works better for me and most clicks don't come from Twitter. They come from Facebook groups, tsu, and Google Plus.
Right now I have three commitments online I'm trying to keep up with. First is my own Daily Photo Blog. I have to post once a day to stay featured in the network. Next is my weekly commitment to “Review This,” a cooperative blog started by a former Giant Squid. All of the contributors also used to be Giant Squids. I notice this is not the only such blog that helps homeless former Squids find homes for their lenses that don't fit anywhere else.
The third challenge is personal to myself. I started the 365 day challenge for 2015 on Flickr. So far I've only posted up to February 14, although I have all the photos taken. It's just a matter of getting them uploaded to the album. I have caught up with taking at least one photo a day.
Goals are to finish the taxes, keep to my online commitments, and reevaluate the time spent on writing sites. It appears I might make $6.00 on my two HubPages sites combined this month if things continue as they have until now through the end of March. I will remove hubs that should do better elsewhere. I will try to post to each secondary blog each week or two. I will try to post to the newer content sites I have joined once a week until I have enough work up to see how I'm doing. Or maybe not.
I will stay active on tsu . It earns more for me for in both money and publicity than my blogs do right now, and some days, especially days I don't post here, more than Persona Paper. Most of all, I find tsu relaxing and it's fun. I do, however, spend more time than I should there.
Speaking of time, it's time for me to go to bed, so I'll say goodnight now.
Image Credit » I took the photo.