I’ve been in a ‘Blogging Funk’ lately, as many of you may have noticed. And it’s not entirely my fault.
There’s so many ‘How To’ articles out there telling authors to do this…do that…you ‘must’ always do this and… it’s a bit overwhelming. I think, in the end, everything is scheduled to the point no one knows where they are and the effect you were trying to create is lost.
Which is where I am at the moment.
I used to blog several times a week but I’ll admit, its a time suck. Trying to ‘think’ of things to say/do every week is draining and after spending that time, getting the posts made in advance, it’s like crickets around here. No one comments or engages the page and it causes that little voice in the back of my head to whisper…you did it wrong. Which leads to thinking…why bother? So I didn’t. For weeks.
But I hate thinking like that.
I started this blog back in 2005 and back ‘then’ I just posted what I wanted, whether that was about my books or my dogs. I enjoyed it. It was a release, so to speak.
I’ve been thinking for days now to just shut my blog down but I like being able to post things where my ‘space’ isn’t limited. I enjoy Facebook and Twitter but with word restrictions, it makes it very hard, so…I’ve decided to use this blog as a journal of sorts. No schedule’s (well, except for ManCandy Monday! *grin*) and just post what I want. You may get book news one day and the daily trials of the dogs and cats tearing up my house the next. If no one responds…I’m okay with that too because I’m not looking for interaction but if I get it, great.
I think that’s the difference in what I’ve experienced in the past and what’s happened over the last year. All those ‘writing articles’ telling me I should be engaging my readers with brilliant content when in the end, just being ME is what’s important.
So…if you’d like to join my journey of nonsensical ramblings from a author who suffers from memory loss on a daily basis…this is the place to be! *assuming I remember I even have a blog – LOL*
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Just be yourself! I think that if you reveal yourself to your fans in this manner you will actually engage them way more than how the “experts” say..
I try to remember that most of the times, the “experts” have never been where you are.. Just think 85% of parenting books are written by non parents.. (stats may have changed but back when I had small children this was an accurate stat) and yet they were considered experts.. I have to take that knowledge into all areas.. what proclaims them an expert? Have they been there? Done that?
Keep being you… that’s what I like!
Thanks Shauni. And you’re right…most ‘experts’ just claim to be because they were ‘schooled’ in a certain area…it’s not from experience. I actually woke this morning not fretting about the blog so this is the right choice for me, I think.
Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve been pondering the same thing, what the hell to say on my author blog when I don’t have a new book coming. It is hard to think of something interesting that isn’t too personal.
I agree blogging is a major time drain! Glad your at least keeping us updated on your comings and goings. I was wondering where you were.
Exactly…and ‘that’ makes it harder to maintain a constant stream of posts…which is why I’ve given myself ‘permission’ to not post on schedule. I’ll just post what I want and be done with it.
I’m always here..somewhere. lol I just run out of things to say at times. Constantly telling people about my books gets old, (and boring) even for me, so I go quiet when nothing is happening.