Category Archives: blogging

Sorry

So, it’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog.  Actually it’s been a lot of little whiles all in a row.  Sorry about that.  I’ve never been very good at this type of thing.  I tried keeping journals when I was younger… which is why now, every once in a while when I’m going through old notebooks, I’ll find a couple pages of idle musings followed by fifty seven blank pages.

I always start with such good intentions.  ‘I’m going to write something every single day,’ or some such nonsense.  Then I hit a roadblock of some kind, lose a day or two, after which I feel guilty and skip it because I don’t want to think about how I let myself get distracted…. again.  Two years later I find the evidence of my latest attempt, wince, and quickly start doing something else.

It’s what happens when I try to get on twitter, start a blog, write a penpal, go to the gym.

What can I say, sometimes it’s a wonder that I still get out of bed in the morning.

Anyhow… I guess I should share what’s been going on with me lately:  So, I got dropped from my publisher, Winlock.  It wasn’t as bad of an experience as you might think.  Basically the publishing company that owns Winlock told them to drop people who hadn’t had a lot of book sales, and I was one of those people.  The reason I hadn’t had book sales… or more accurately, the reason I hadn’t promoted my book more vigorously, is that I was waiting for the book to come out in print.  I’ve got plenty of people who will buy a copy of my book as soon as they can, unfortunately most of them don’t own kindles or nooks or whatever.

The cool thing was that the woman who runs Winlock went out of her way to help me get Awfully Appetizing into print, even though it now isn’t her property.  She’s been really awesome about the whole deal and I’m very happy to have worked with her, even briefly. So, thank you Mo.

Anyhow, I’ve got a couple of minor details that I need to take care of, after which I should be able to get Awfully Appetizing set up as a print on demand book, which is what I’ve wanted for a while now.  Believe me, I’ll let you know as soon as I know, and I’ll be trying to figure out new and exciting ways to promote it, too.

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A right and wrong way to blog?

So, I’ve been glancing around at a few other blogs, mostly the blogs of people who are following me, and I’ve found them to be strangely organized and well thought out.

It makes me a tad bit insecure, as my approach to blogging has been more of a stream of consciousness type thing.  Well, maybe not stream of consciousness, but closer to that than it is to what I’ve been seeing.

I’m writing this blog, primarily, as a means to promote myself as a writer.  As such, maybe it would make sense if I were to spend some real time on these things, sculpt them into complicated and meaningful works of art, or deep introspections.  Then again, if I was reading the blog of someone I was thinking about reading, would I want an essay or a casual conversation?

Eh, I’m overthinking it.  Frankly I suspect that blogs are only nominally more effective at promotion than twitter is, and twitter, as best as I can tell, now consists primarily of advertisers advertising at each other and occasionally re-posting something random so that people will think that they actually read what comes across their feed.

God, as much as I love writing, I hate promoting.  It would be bad enough if we knew that it was actually effective, but we don’t.  No way to be sure what, if anything, actually works.

Here we go again

This is not the first time I’ve started a blog.  This is not the second time I’ve started a blog.  I would go on, but it may or may not be the third time I’ve started a blog and I don’t want to be inaccurate.  The point I’m getting at is that these things are ubiquitous.  They are everywhere you look.  You can find blogs by models and blogs by athletes, blogs by celebrities and blogs by politicians.  High schoolers have blogs about the video games they play, and bands have blogs about their music.

Everyone is talking as loud as they can, which raises the question: who is listening anymore?  I signed up for twitter a while back, and in very short order I found myself inundated by announcements from writers who were publishing their first book, and businesses who would love to help me reach my audience, for a low fee.

Not once did I find a post by someone looking for something new to read.  Not once did I get a message from somebody who wanted to hear my opinion.  Now, in fairness, I didn’t exactly ask for any opinions myself.  I’m not judging the people who were on there.  But I can’t help how much of a point there is to all of this.

I am a writer.  I have a book that will be coming out soon.  I hope people will read it.  My publisher has informed me that one of the things I need to do is set up a webpage and create a blog.  I need to connect to my audience.  Or, perhaps more accurately, I need to allow my audience the chance to connect with me.  If they want to.  But I can’t help wonder if this is really the way to do it.

Everyone does it, of course, but that’s the problem.  Everyone does it.  I’m sure that there was a time, not that long ago, when a writer setting up a blog was a new and novel thing.  I’m sure that there was a time when readers who went searching online and found something like this were impressed and interested.  What I’m not sure of is that there’s any real reason for it anymore.  Is there really a chance that somebody who comes online looking to know more about an author will find what they’re looking for in one of these?  Or is this something that we simply do because everybody else does it and we don’t want to be missing one of the ‘magic ingredients’ for success?

Sometimes I wonder.