Emily Freeman on Writing and Social Media

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Emily Freeman

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Chatting at the Sky
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Better Late than Never

I failed.

This post was supposed to go up this morning, but in all my vacation bliss I thought I’d scheduled it, but apparently…I didn’t. So file that away on your list of “how not to blog.”

A place for your soul to breathe. That’s the tagline for Emily’s blog and the way she handles her blog and social media back that up. The design of her site is roomy, clean and peaceful. Her presence on social media is lovely, friendly and relaxed.

While this is the end of our time with Emily for now, be sure to follow her and subscribe to her blog.

Onward and upward…

1. How do you keep social media from running your life? Is it a struggle for you? Any social media management tips?
I try to pay attention if I’m feeling frantic or anxious. Usually I can trace that to checking my phone too much, especially email.

Taking a day off every week helps me. Reading real books with pages helps me. Taking walks without my phone helps me. Making bread and cleaning my kitchen helps, too.

2. What is your writing process? When do you write? How long does it take you to create a post?
I write posts in the morning. Every now and then, I’ll go to bed at night and just as I fall asleep, I’ll have an idea for a post and get up and go jot it down. I won’t post it right away but let it sit a while and then loop it into my blog schedule.

I have started using the WordPress Editorial Calendar plug-in for scheduling posts and that helps me to see what I’ve got going on that month.

It maybe takes me at least an hour to write a post and then another 15 or so minutes to choose and edit a photo and format the post.

Sometimes it takes me days to finish a post. Other times it’s 20 minutes from start to finish. But that is rare.

Another photo of Emily's lovely office.

Another photo of Emily’s lovely office.


3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?
I have several groups that help me so much. One is the writers who write for (in)courage. We have a private Facebook group and if I ever have weird blog questions, I can ask them. They are all very smart.

I also have two other Facebook groups I’m part of with just a handful of women – both filled with writers and other creatives – all who have blogs. They are a great source of support and encouragement.

4. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?
Jon Acuff says if you want to write a book that’s never been written (or start a business, write a blog, create a project that means something) then the way to do that is to give it “more you.”

That’s it.

When it comes to writing on a blog and doing work that matters, I think the most important thing to remember when you feel overwhelmed in a crowd is to do what Jon Acuff says to do and give it more you.

Q & A with Emily

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1. How They Blog: Emily Freeman
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3. On Social Media and Writing

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  1. I’ve been feeling that anxious and maxed out feeling more and more, it left when I left my phone at home on our stay-cation. Thanks for being another voice in learning to let the hamster wheel of the screens just go.

    And thanks for an inspiring week, I really enjoyed reading more of your processes.

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