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Working vs Socializing – How to Strike a Balance

In addition to the striking a balance between residual and active income, there’s also another balance I found that is necessary to strike as an online writer. That’s the balance between working and socializing.

Over time, I’ve found that working on line can be an extremely social experience. You can conceivably spend your entire day being social in the form of commenting on other blogs, participating in forums and chat rooms. You know, in the not so virtual world it could be considered water cooler time or networking time. It all depends on why and how you’re being social.

If you truly want to be successful in your online freelance writing endeavor, you have to strike a balance between getting your work done and supporting your readers. Something I’ve yet to master.

Goals and Projects

There are times when it may appear that I’ve fallen off the face of the virtual earth because I’m knee-deep in projects. There other times it looks like I’ve got nothing better to do with myself except sit in on forums and visit blogs. Unfortunately, those times are few and far between (something I’ve got to work on).

I guess a large part of whether or not to socialize depends in part on your personality and in part on the goals you have set for yourself. You can get so carried away in the social arena that you neglect your writing duties. Doing so can have disastrous financial consequences. To quote my favorite dog whisperer, you have to set “rules, boundaries and limitations”

Socializing Guilt

Every once in a while I feel guilty for not being more social. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m more of a one on one email type of socializer than a Twitter, share with the world type of socializer. The life of the party, I’m not.

Share through Writing

I tend to share and socialize more through my writing than through Twittering and commenting. I love it when I get comments from my readers that say “thank you for taking time from your day to answer my question.” What they don’t understand is that they are a part of my day. It’s a natural part of the give and take of blogging and writing. I enjoy helping people become successful in the online writing arena. Kinda the reason why I started this blog.

You are Who You Are

I guess this post is an apology to those whose blogs I haven’t visited in quite some time. While I may not be the outgoing social butterfly that flits from blog to forum imparting my wisdom to all who want to hear, I do have a welcome sign hung on the outside of my virtual home. If I haven’t visited your blog or made a comment, please don’t hold it against me. I’m working on my less than stellar social skills.

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  • Shannon January 28, 2009, 1:23 pm

    Maybe there’s a way to schedule time in digital life, just like in ‘real’ life. I tend to do social networking, random surfing, and research during downtime at my job (I have a really cool, autonomous job with no one standing behind me or monitoring my activities.) Then I do actual writing at home, where there’s more control over distractions like email, visitors, or ringing telephones.

    Perhaps you could find the most ideal times for socializing or blog research or self-promotion — and keep those activities separate, protecting your writing time.

    Worth a try?

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