By Kristine Coblitz
I did something last weekend that I never thought I'd have the courage to do. I deleted my personal blog and my MySpace page.
I'm a professional. I know that online networking is part of the gig of being a writer. But I'm also a realist who knows that in the upcoming months, time is going to be limited for me and I need to focus my priorities. Having a newborn in the house while working and writing (and trying to get some sleep!) is going to have my mind more scattered than it already is on a regular basis.
When I look at the time I spend online, I'm amazed at how many hours I waste surfing the web and chatting with others. Being a part of the online community can be fun, but it's also not helping my writing career, and let's face it. If I don't have time to finish my manuscript, all the networking in the world isn't going to help me. Without a manuscript to sell, I don't have a writing career, right?
So I'm cutting back, limiting my online activities to e-mail and few select blogs (including this one) I read regularly so that when I'm sitting at my computer, I can focus on my writing. It's like an addiction, though. I actually felt my heart racing as I deleted the accounts and weeded out my list of online favorite sites. It was both sad and liberating at the same time.
How much time do YOU spend online? Does it cut into your writing time? What online activities can you not live without?