Ask the Agent: Finding Time to Blog
“If you’re so busy as an agent, I’m wondering how you have time to write a blog too. Is it really not as busy as all the agents claim?”
No, agenting really is an all-consuming job. But here’s my secret: I have a nanny for my kids, a housekeeper to keep things clean, I serve PB&J for dinner every night, and I pretty much ignore my husband. The dog sits under my desk so he gets more attention than anyone. Simple enough, right? Leaves plenty of time for blogging.
I always find it kind of funny that we ask each other, “How do you do it all?” We make time for the things we want to do. Some people work full time and are parents and still have plenty of time to watch TV every night; or in your case, you probably do all that plus find time to write your books. Everyone makes their choices. I don’t watch much TV, don’t see many movies, don’t play computer games, and there are many other things I don’t do that I’d love to fit into my schedule, but I can’t because they’re not my priorities. (See A Lot of Things I Don’t Do on my other blog.)
I blog because I work from home and frankly, it can be pretty isolating. I enjoy the online community as a substitute for water cooler talk. I also think of it as my pro bono work, a way to “give back” to the writing community.
I typically write my blog posts in advance. I can sit down for a few hours on Sunday night and knock out two week’s worth. So it’s not like I slave over the blog for hours a day. (Sorry to ruin your impression of me.)
So… don’t worry that I’m slacking off in the work department simply because I blog. Don’t wonder how I find the time. Just know that, like you, I find the time for the things that are important to me. And, oh yeah… just to clarify… my kids have never had a nanny or been in daycare, I don’t have a housecleaning service, and between my husband and I, we manage to get a pretty healthy dinner on the table every night.