Always know if the juice is worth the squeeze.

Is the juice worth the squeeze? (Image source:

Quite unintentionally, I’ve taken a two-month blogbatical. Isn’t that a great word? I borrowed it from Heather Kopp’s Preface to a Blogbatical, over at She’s taking a break from blogging to focus on the website for her new book.

Other influential bloggers have cut back on their posting frequency, namely:

Michael Hyatt: Why I Will Be Posting Less

Rachelle Gardner: New Blogging Schedule

I’ve used the analogy Michael Hyatt provided in his post several time over the past couple of months at work and at home. It’s such a powerful reminder [bold emphasis mine]:

… I was reminded of a principle I first read about in The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris. It’s called the minimum effective dose (MED). He defines it as: “…the smallest dose that will produce the desired outcome. Any thing beyond the MED is wasteful. To boil water, the MED is 212°F (100°C) at standard air pressure. Boiled is boiled. Higher temperatures will not make it ‘more boiled.’ Higher temperatures just consume more resources that could be used for something more productive.” (p. 17)

Basically, always know if the juice is worth the squeeze. Here’s how the Urban Dictionary defines this term:

“Make sure that what you are doing and striving for is going to be worth any sacrifices you will have to make along the way.”

Lots of writers out there commit to a certain posting schedule. Mondays. Wednesdays. Fridays. With a certain theme for each day. It’s smart. It helps them create a niche and a following. But it feels so constrictive to me. And overwhelming.

As a fiction writer, I tell myself that blogging isn’t critical right now since I’m not yet published; therefore, it keeps taking a back seat to other things. Plus, I can’t be brilliant that many times a week. It’s just way too much pressure. On the other hand, I know that showing up at the writing desk is half the battle, and brilliance appears when you commit to sit down and do the work.

During my blogbatical over the past two months, I have:

  • Met with my writing critique group every other Saturday morning.
  • Made great progress on my WIP. I’ve added 13,000 words to my manuscript; I only need 12,000 more to reach my goal of 75,000 words. That is, if the story is finished at 75,000 words!
  • Started attending church and a small group on Sunday mornings in order to grow spiritually and meet people. I’m grateful for Darla McDavid over at Darla Writes for her encouragement to get back to church. Thanks Darla!

Up until now, Saturday and Sunday mornings have been my primary writing time. However, priorities change all the time and I’ve felt God prodding me to open myself up to community – to in person, face-to-face interaction with people.

Other writers.

Fellow Christians.

My writing time has been sacrificed, but I’m also choosing life. Love. People.

As I’ve accumulated wounds and scars over the years, I’ve realized I’ve retreated a bit into my own little world. I cannot allow myself to be isolated, closed off, or committed to self-protection.

So I’m putting myself out there in people-investment ways.

But I also dearly miss my writing time. I miss blogging and online interaction with other writers – also very real and influential. So I’m figuring out how to balance those things with my day job and life and spiritual growth and community building.

I’m pretty sure those activities are going to help my writing. A lot.

What do you think?