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Beware all you writers out there: Blogs and forums can steal a lot of your writing time

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If your primary writing interest is in blogging and running an Internet forum, just walk on past this post. Nothing for you to see here.

But if you’re interested in “non-blogging” and general offline/online writing, it’s important to identify whether this problem is your problem: Spending time online reading a lot of blogs and posting in forums can drain your energy and destroy time better spent writing.

I know this to be true — because (as some of you might easily guess) it has always been a problem for ME. As sure as an alcoholic might need to undergo alcohol rehab treatment, I need to go through some sort of addition rehab program for “writers who can’t stop reading blogs and forums.” Perhaps I’ll create such a program and call it, oh, let’s say “WWCSRBAF.” Rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Seriously, though, I do spend far too much time at a large affiliate marketing forum. On the plus side, I’ve met some helpful people there, find some interesting merchants to work with, and I’ve even made a small bit of money through contacts from the forum. (It’s the ABestWeb.com forum. Look for me there as “writerguy.”) On the down side, I spend far too much of my time goofing around there and not enough time actually writing and/or building websites.

So reign in your online obsessions. Don’t spend all that time and energy blogging and posting at forums at the expense of time doing actual writing. I’ll make the effort if you will.
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2 Responses to “Beware all you writers out there: Blogs and forums can steal a lot of your writing time”

  1. Carla says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ve spent way too much time today in a post debate with people who are clueless. It was a complete WASTE of my time.

  2. Gary says:

    Ouch! I hate it when that happens. I’ve gotten caught up in some heated arguments myself on a couple of forums — only to “wake up” and suddenly realize I’d wasted a couple of hours and accomplished absolutely nothing. Ugh!

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