I wrote a whole blog post about writing dialogue yesterday. Today I reread it and it bored me, so I deleted it. Which leaves me with a blank spot on my computer screen where I need to have five hundred words of genius that will attract the beautiful curious. Hmmm…
This is the thing about setting up a blog, isn’t it? We are all told, as writers, that a blog is an integral part of our platform and that we must update it with Spartan discipline and Swiss regularity. Yes, well. You’ve seen the Simpsons, right? I think there’s a reason we share a last name. Someone did their research.
Admittedly, I update my blog more often than most. Since I have a lot of ‘spare’ time (I wouldn’t have so much if I were more disciplined about my writerly tasks) I update my blog daily. Have you ever tried to come up with an original thought, or at least an original twist on an unoriginal thought, every day? It was fairly easy for the first month or so. Now? Not so much.
And yet I haven’t been able to admit defeat and post less regularly. For one thing, I’m a slave to my blog stats. I get a happy tingle when daily hits go above 70. When they go over 100 I give a little sigh. Blog stats are your key to more or less instant gratification. And you don’t have to wait six months for sales to give you the happies. Twelve hours of retweeting your blog link gets you the same result. Well, it does for me. Granted it doesn’t bring me income, but it makes me happy. Let’s take this one step at a time, shall we?
I know these posts are supposed to be informative on some level, so I guess I’m saying, do you update your blog regularly? Do you post about writerly topics? I know I get much higher hits on the ‘helpful’ posts, like my ‘Building a Fantasy World’ series. However, my most popular post of all time was Those days when you just don’t want to write which didn’t contain any particularly helpful information. It was all about me and my issues and yet it is nearly twice as viewed as the next post down (Traditional publishing means less work? if you’re interested 🙂 ).
While a blog should be informative and helpful in order to gain a following (because, no one spends all day reading non-fiction that doesn’t benefit them somehow – that’s the nature of the human beast) I think it’s important not to forget that we are human. Above all else we crave forgiveness for our flaws. Not only that, but we want to know that everyone else has the same flaws, that we are not alone. We want to know that everyone else is suffering exactly the same way we are. Maybe you’re the only writer on the planet currently suffering through writer’s block. Maybe you are the only one who ever had an off day and just doesn’t want to do it anymore.
Maybe. But probably not. In the end you’re human, and I think it’s important that everyone else sees you as such. If I had a platform like Bob Meyer or Kristen Lamb and the knowledge and experience to back it up, as they do, then I would always be informative and helpful. I hope. Mainly because I would have more information and be able to offer more help. But I don’t. So I can’t. All I can do is say, Hi! This is me. How are you today? And hope for the best.
By the way, please don’t forget: voting on the next episode of Elemental Races continues through Saturday. Go here to read the story so far and vote on what happens next!