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Originally published at Quantum Matrix Scribe. Please leave any comments there.

I cannot stop writing. I write all the time, try to sneak some in during work, sneak some in at home; writing science fiction is like a drug. The more I do it, the more I have to. I used to procrastinate all the time–but now, procrastination is painful.

Not with regards to blog writing, though.

I’ve been wondering what the proper frequency of updates is. There are many blogs who update on a daily basis. i09, one of my favorite blogs that covers the whole science fiction/technology scene, updates around 20-30 times a day (however, it should be noted that i09 is run by Gawker, a company, and has a large number of writers.) Me, meanwhile, I just don’t have that much stuff to talk about. I do have some things in the works–I still need to post that entry about my political history, but its hard pinning down when I got these crazy ideas into my head–but what is there for me to write about? Besides, my time is better spent on my real writing.

Some other writers, though, seem to have far different opinions. I was taking a look at Charles Stross’ blog, “Antipope,” and he seems to post every day–including bringing in a guest blogger to post when he’s out for a week. That’s dedication. Or maybe he had some snacks he wanted to get rid of. John Scalzi is similar, his blog has about 1-3 posts each day. Jim Butcher seems to be a bit more lax, posting roughly once a week (although I’m not entirely sure if that’s actually Jim Butcher or an intern updating the blog. In any case, his Livejournal hasn’t been updated since late 2008.)

It makes me question how often I should updating. For me, right now, it really doesn’t matter, since I have a grand total of four comments (two of which are written by myself) and very few visitors. I also don’t have much material to share, at the moment, so there isn’t as much of a reason to come visit. My original plan was to update twice a week, and have somewhere around 4-5 entries written up ahead of time. That hasn’t gone so well, but fortunately, the frequency has, more or less. Last week was an oddity, but for the most part, I’ve actually been posting 3-4 times a week. About what, I’m not entirely sure. Flying deep fried bacon? Yeah, probably. I don’t remember.

Twitter is a different beast entirely. Before starting my media job, I rarely used Twitter. In fact, I still don’t really see the point of Twitter; it’s just a time waster. Nobody is really saying anything of use–snarky, maybe, but not important. But, no one else has seemed to caught on to this, so I am forced to join the Twitter cloud and get involved. I got a Twitter back in college, rarely used it, came here…and found TweetDeck for Chrome, which now sits in a pinned tab on the left, beyond all my actual work, and I check it repeatedly, sometimes around every 30 seconds. (Gimme a sec…ha, another joke about Charlie Sheen. K, back.) I’ve turned into a compulsive Tweep, reposting articles about what’s going on in Wisconsin and other political issues, posting about science fiction and technological development, and also posting about…I don’t know, random things. Things which are okay to have on LinkedIn (since my Twitter account and LinkedIn are connected) but don’t really have any other sort of “point.” In fact, my Twittering has become so intense I had to stop Twitter from publishing to my wall on Facebook because it was beginning to annoy my friends. (FYI: My Facebook is only open to those I have met in real life, mostly. No, you can’t get in.)

I don’t know what this means. Am I only good for writing really small blurbs now? I hope that’s not the case–I still have a novel sequence magnum opus to write over the next year. Maybe it will help me write short stories, however, which I have found to be far more difficult–you think that something shorter would be easier, but it actually takes far greater skill to pack everything into a smaller box than it does a larger one. As Blaise Pascal famously said, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

How many times do you think is reasonable to update a blog?

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