Up until this point, I have mostly written my posts on a hand-to-mouth kind of model.
When I wanted to write something, I would come up with a topic, write it, and post it. I followed this kind of method for my music, my writing, and every other creative outlet I have on the internet. If I built up a buffer, I would clock out until I needed to write something because it was all gone.
I’ve learned that, especially with the way my life has been going lately, that isn’t really a sustainable way to put out content. At least for me, what that does is force me to failure, eventually, no matter how hard I try. So, as with all things in life that are no longer working, it is time to try and fix it somehow.
I’m going to be building up buffers for most of my outlets. First, and most pertinent to this post, in the one for Toft and Toddy. I’m going to try to maintain a buffer of 5 posts, indefinitely.
Whether that means I will post something from the buffer or not is to be seen; I don’t really know how some of the things I like to talk about would work a week or two after I write about them, and I don’t like throwing things away without making use of them… But, with a buffer of 5 pieces, I will be able to have a certain certainty about posting once a week: I mean, I will have a month of posts pre-written, in any event.
I have very similar plans for Prose and Prosody: a 5-piece buffer should be fine (though it wouldn’t hurt to go further with it than that since these are works of fiction instead of editorials). This way, I can keep posting more regularly… And have more time to edit my pieces a bit, which (while I don’t intend for pieces on the site to be in their final forms… It is still a drafting site) should improve the quality of the work somewhat.
First things first though: I need to even out the series on Prose and Prosody. I have 13 different series running on the site at the time I write this. Some are at their third installment, others are at their first. Collectively, I will consider them all to be the “First Season” projects of Prose and Prosody: Any new series I decide to add to the mix will be a part of a new group, which will be mostly kept at their own level of posts. My goal with Season 1 Series is to have them all at entry 3 before continuing any of the others or introducing new series. My OCD, I guess.
On my Soundcloud, I am going to try to build up a small buffer of short pieces. With the Classical Guitar added to my repertoire, and Early and Traditional music at the forefront of my non-original body of tunes, it shouldn’t be too too hard to record around 10 in a buffer. I plan, at this point, to start posting from that buffer around April 15th or so… Unless I find that to be too taxing, of course.
In addition to that buffer, I will still post my original works as I finish them… But this way I’ll have more original content being put out, on a more regular basis. Might as well make my account more active, especially if it motivates me to practice more, right? I dunno. If it makes my channel less popular (haha) I will stop doing it. But I think it is a good idea, at the moment.
Finally, my other projects (Running on Sentences, Project Pygmalion, Affuage, Saporine, cdr255.com, and Numenite) are all excluded from the new scheduling, since for the most part they are more suited to the “As-it-happens” method of posting or I have put them on a semi-permanent hiatus.
Visirod wasn’t mentioned because it is largely a group venture: Once everyone is on the same page again, we’ll start that project up again. It might not be until the Summer, honestly, due to everyone’s schedules and other life-like distractions.
Tumbling Owl, on the other hand, I have a lot of plans for. I don’t mention it here because it isn’t launched yet, but come June something will definitely be being done with it… And it will have a buffer of some sort, unless I give up on this whole thing by then.
Do You use a buffer of some sort when You create and publish content? Have You found that it helps You as much as I’m hoping it helps me? Let me know below, I’d love to hear Your thoughts.Categories: writing
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