Changes, both Voluntary and Forced

Due to changes to our “Social Media” policy at work, I am no longer able to pop in throughout the day and add comments. My site is not specifically blocked, but I’d rather not run afoul of this policy. Before, personal Internet use was permitted “within reason”, a policy that I was careful to not overuse. But apparently, others were not so careful.

Therefore, rather than posting at 6:AM, I will be scheduling all posts to go up at 3:00 PM. This way, I don’t have to watch conversations take place all day long (all comments go to my email, which show up in my phone) without taking part in them.

This affects my next planned Writer Wednesday, and I have emailed the author and offered him the possibility of either confining Writer Wednesday to Wednesday afternoon and evening (I can work an early shift to facilitate this) or make it Writing Weekend instead. What do YOU think?

Also, because of my new work policy, I’ll be blogging more on the weekends. I have more time on the weekends anyway, but historically my web traffic has been low on the weekends and I’ve arranged my posting around the best days. From now on, I’ll be posting without regard to web traffic. It’s funner that way, anyway. Oh, and I’ll simply post whenever I want to. I only use scheduled posting on weekdays.


Since I’m to be an ebook author, it seems only reasonable that I start reading ebooks. Therefore, I have decided to buy the Kobo ebook reader when it becomes available in this country in a few weeks. Once I have the reader, I will start reviewing ebooks from selected publishers in the same genres that I currently read:

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Historical
  • Christian
  • Literary

I don’t mind a little spice in my reading, but I am not an appropriate reviewer for erotica. The publishers I select will be ones who make their books from a wide variety of ebooksellers, like Fictionwise, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. I’m not sure if this is a reasonable policy or not, so it will probably morph over time. Let me know if you have any input.

9 Thoughts to “Changes, both Voluntary and Forced”

  1. I know this kind of policy very well. That is one reason because I post mainly during the weekend or late at night.

    It is also one of the reasons why it is not that easy for me to follow and take part twitter conversations.

    By the way it is not that bad to blog on weekends.

  2. SMD

    Hey, when you get your reader, will you do a review for us? It’s the cheapest one on the market right now and I really want to know if it’s worth buying or not.


  3. Tia Nevitt

    Yeah, I mostly look at Twitter at night, too.

    I will definitely do a review. I went and looked at the Sony Reader over the weekend, and I was thoroughly impressed with the way e-ink looked. The reader was locked and I actually thought there was a piece of cardboard over the screen until something happened to blink. I was tempted by the Sony, but Kobo will have more space for the same price. Plus, I think it’s larger and the quilted back looks like a nice touch.

  4. That seems like reasonable change under the circumstances. I just hope you’ll understand if my responses to Sunday posts tend to turn up on Monday. Sunday is one of my busier days, so I often can’t take as much time as I’d like then. Yes, I know I’m posting on Sunday now, but I happen to have a moment, and this doesn’t require as much thought as some responses. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  5. Deborah Blake

    I think that whatever you need to do will be fine 🙂

    I tend to spend less time online over the weekend…but as you can see, I’m here now anyway. And I would also be interested in hearing what you think of the reader. I haven’t heard of that one, but my sister just got a Nook for Mother’s Day and really likes it. She told me today that she found a program that would let her change my mss that I send her to ebook form so she could read them without printing them out. And apparently you can make minor notes, so I would be able to do that same thing with my writing partner’s work. So now I’m tempted, dang it.

    1. If the Nook is anything like the Sony Reader, exporting your notes from the eReader onto your computer might be a problem. Just to let you know. I tried it with my Reader, and it didn’t work. Still, it’s pretty cool having my MS on my reader. I can sit with my notebook and make revisions and notes without having to hurt my eyes by staring at the draft on my computer screen.

  6. Tia Nevitt

    I’m just the opposite. I have hardly any time online during the week.

    I looked into the Nook. Making notes is tempting, but it’s way out of my price range. Besides, I plan to get a laptop next year and I can stop making my poor CP print everything once I can lounge in my reading chair with my laptop, and make notes directly to the MS.

  7. It’s your blog, so whatever is convenient for you is fine with us. We will continue to read this blog no matter when things are posted.

    As for Writer Wednesday, the same holds true. Weekends happen to be a little harder for me, but since you always let us know about the Writer Wednesday posts in advance, tweaking my schedule so I can participate should be no problem. (And even it it was a problem, it’s not up to me. Whatever works for you.)

  8. Chicory

    I’m okay with whatever you decide. I’m really exited that you’re going to host another writing discussion. I always enjoy them. 🙂

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