Hello, lovely followers!
I just want to let you know what’s going on around here.
Right now, I’m again the only active mod, which means I’m trying to deal with severe chronic pain, my personal life, posting a chapter of my novel once every four months, psychiatric med changes, medical appointments and trying to get four posts a day written and/or formatted. This really doesn’t leave me a lot of time for the ask box, as I’m sure you’ve all noticed. Not having to format so many posts so I could answer asks was the reason why I brought on mods in the first place, but I’m back in that same situation once again. Most of my time spent on this blog, the last week, has been spent on the queue.
The other truth is that I absolutely cannot go back to handling asks with the same frequency. I honestly believe that was half the reason my pain has gotten so bad, but the other problem is that it left me no time for my writing. I was answering asks or resting my hands to answer more asks. My life had become nothing but the ask box, and now that I’ve had to stop answering, now that my shoulder has meant I can type but struggle to use the mouse (meaning I spent that time writing instead of looking up links), I’ve realised that I absolutely don’t want to go back to it in the same way. I love writing. I’d love to be able to publish short stories; I’d love to be able to post chapters of my serial novel more frequently. Answering everyone’s asks stopped me from doing something that’s just as important to me as this blog–writing spec fic stories about trans, autistic, aro and/or ace protagonists.
I enjoy answering asks, I do, but I want to be able to answer asks and write. I want both, instead of all of one and none of the other.
So I’m making two changes. The first is that I’m dropping posts back down to three posts a day. If any of the mods come back and help me with the post formatting, I might raise this back to four again, but right now formatting three posts a day is more reasonable for me to manage.
The second is that later this week I’m going to go through the inbox and delete anything that is too difficult (no real answer, too many links, too difficult to research, etc) for me to answer, and work on posting those things I can. I’ll open up the askbox again this weekend, but I want to make it very clear that from here on in, I am answering as suits me. I make no guarantees that I will get to your ask. I’ll pick and choose asks based on my ease of answering or my interest in the subject, and I will be only answering one or two asks a day. If the askbox becomes as heavy as it did (I was getting eight to ten asks a day, sometimes) chances are quite high that your ask may not be answered at all, or answered a long time after you’ve sent it.
I’m absolutely aware that this isn’t fair for all those people who have taken the time to send in questions, especially those who need support, but I don’t have a better solution. Finding mods who can devote the same amount of time to this blog as I have been doing doesn’t seem to be working out, so I think the only thing I can do is be honest about the fact that I have both limitations and the want to devote more of my hand-spoons to my fiction writing. It means that I just have to cut back on this blog in order to be able to manage both.
(If you desperately need an urgent response, I’ll ask you to indicate this in the ask, and I’ll see what I can do. Again, I make no promises, but I’ll consider your needs as well as mine.)
Thank you, everyone, for your patience and understanding.
- Mod K.A.