Poet on Poetry Muse
I'm in Austin. We have been ringed by fires in and around the city for 2 days. The good news is my house has been safe even though I back up to 700 acres of greenbelt and given our drought conditions, it is a little scary. The bad news is I have severe allergies and asthma that had been dormant. The air quality has affected me. Breathing is much more difficult. A welcome problem compared to those who have lost lives, pets, and homes.
Austin Skyline in foreground, Bastrop fire in background
My heart is heavy for the people in Bastrop and Austin, as well as all over Texas. 3.5 million acres have burned since December. I hope you will all keep my city and state in your thoughts and prayers. We really need rain and love.
Now on to the changes coming to Poet on Poetry. Between Google+, Twitter, email, Facebook, Poet on Poetry's Facebook page and the blog, Empire Avenue, viewing other blogs, reading poetry journals and poetry books, I have little time left for my job and writing.
With my computers in the shop for over a week and then a short little vacation after that, I've had some time to think. My thinking led me to restructure Poet on Poetry. My computers are still not acting normally. Of course, the main one and most expensive one is 5 days out of warranty! How do the virus and Gremlin Gods know that?
The meltdown of my operating systems means that I lost all of my email files, which is where all of my Poet of the Week materials were. My Click-Free says it backs up email, but evidently it doesn't back up my email files. So, if you sent me POW materials over the last month and I have not profiled you, please resubmit.
Keeping up with the logistics of the Poet of the Week and the duties of the blog have been taking more and more time. With my job, trying to find time to write poetry and occasionally actually read poetry, and look for a new home, I am losing my focus with too much time on the blog.
I have been hesitant to cut back because you guys seem to enjoy the blog so much and I do too! But, the bottom line is I am a poet and writer, who is not finding time to write poems or anything else.
The changes will not be drastic:
You can still submit your poems in Your Poetry!
I will still highlight poets I come across, just not weekly! (I love discovering and highlighting poets!)
Contests and Calls for Submission can still be entered under that tab.
I will still put up my poems under that tab.
There will still be blog posts, just not weekly.
I need to dial it back to let the blog fit around my writing, instead of the other way around. The blog experts out there say that all of this will hurt the success of the blog. They also say that you should read other blogs, comment and do lots of tweeting. All of which take more time.
I am a budding poet, who found wonderful success with a poetry blog. I am so grateful for that. But the time to write has to exist or the budding poet becomes a dried up twig. I hope you will still want to read poetry and see poets. Help me keep this baby humming by submitting and commenting. I'll always try to respond.
You guys have been amazing and I adore you! Keep an eye out for posts on a more random basis to fit with a poet's random and demanding muse. Now that I have bowed to her tantrums to give her more time, hopefully she will help me write the best poem that has ever been written.
Are you guys having as much trouble balancing all of the Social Media, blogs, work, life and writing?
Share your coping tips, let's help each other!
Is your muse as temperamental as mine?
I compare her to a cat who will leave home if you don't give her enough attention.
Here kitty, kitty, kitty...
Here kitty, kitty, kitty...