Well, I think I finally did it. They said it would happen. I didn't think it was true. But apparently it is! I am officially sick of looking at my sales. Checking sales has cured me of checking sales.
Oh I'm definitely not sick of writing. Far from it. I'm just sick of looking at my sales. The emotional roller coaster of constantly checking and then being either crushed or elated. More often than not it's that crushed feeling.
It's very liberating, actually. I feel like I achieved an enlightened state or something. I'm much more relaxed. I find I enjoy writing, blogging and forum discussions more now that I lost that edge of feeling like I need to be getting my next story out or all my books will fall off the face of the earth.
But the biggest thing in my post-sales-checking-enlightenment is the ability to see the bigger picture. Sales checking is an evil every independent author must face. The hourly obsession with looking at numbers keeps you grounded in the "now." Why didn't I sell a book now?
The reality is that you should be looking at your month, not what you sold that hour. And if you're a somewhat new writer like me you should ideally be looking at your year. Where are you now compared to last year? Is there a change? If yes, then you're making progress. Change is good.