Friday, April 24, 2009

Writers' Blogs, The Ebb and Flow of Interest

There's a measurable ebb and flow in the amount of interest in blogs, I've noticed. At first, I thought it was just me, that I was somehow not sparking enough interest with my postings. But then I realized that I don't read all my favorite blogs each day, either. I might catch up with them later on in the week, or miss them entirely because I was involved in other things, as a lot of us are. So ALL bloggers, on the whole, must see this reflected in the number of hits they receive. Ebbing and flowing with no discernible cause... I apologize to my favorites, but I know we're all guilty of this. It's not YOU. It's ME.

My art page always does well. I've decided that this is because it's mainly about pictures, not requiring huge concentration, not asking for analyses, discussion, or any deep thought. It simply requires you to look. And people do. They know when they open the page that I'm not going to be demanding anything of them, other than perhaps linking to the artist I'm featuring. I certainly don't say very much, nor expect much back. Perhaps this is the ideal blog. We've all become so scattered in our thinking, our interests, degree of concentration, that we often long for something easy to look at.

Well, it stands to reason that a writing blog is never going to be easy. We Blogging Writers are always complaining about something, that the writing is going badly, that we received another rejection, whatever - just plain feeling sorry for ourselves. Sometimes we're enthusiastic, and - very occasionally - ecstatic. As the enthusiasm and ecstasy is less evident most days, this would indicate a rather serious read.

I always liked this bit of reality from The Writer's Chapbook:
Reader: "Miss Moore, your poetry is very difficult to read."
Marianne Moore: "It is very difficult to write."

I try not to put too much of my private day-to-day life into my blogs, not because I'm secretive or fear exposure of some hitherto-unknown weakness, but because this was meant to be about writing. One day, I might consider a social chit-chat blog, but not yet. If I take off again for Parts Unknown, I'll tell you where I am, and what I'm doing, but that's about it. After all, you read my blog for glimpses into the writing life, don't you? Does it really interest you to know when my washing machine breaks down, or when my cat wipes his bottom on my rug?

I'd be interested to know what you DO expect here.


Embee said...

Well, maybe not the cat wiping his bottom on the rug...but it's also fun to get to know the person behind the blog. I know that not only do I enjoy my favorite blogs just for themselves, but it's nice to have a feel for the person behind it. I don't know, maybe that's just me. But you're right, we don't need every dirty detail of your life. I've seen blogs like that and they can be tedious sometimes.

How's your writing going? Making any progress? I've given up and put my WIP on hold until the end of the semester. Between working full time, dealing with my kids and husband, and trying to finish school I just can't squeeze out anything else!

Fran said...

Okay, Embee,

I thought the cat on the rug was one of the personal things I could omit. I'm not much good at chit-chat, but I hope I come through anyway.

CNU said...

I think it means that people have just too many dang entries in that 'inbox' o' doom.

I did manage to do a parody of Dr. Suess though on Bookend's blog about how long to wait for queries...funny stuff.

Had a huge blow up over the **** storm surrounding a blog an agent linked to and me. It's settled down, but it was kind of edgy for a while.

I submitted one whole query. I used a different approach than usual, especially because there weren't clear guidelines on his site other than the genre.


Melissa Marsh said...

I say it's your blog, do what you want to do. My blog is a mixture of writing and personal tidbits. I do get pretty personal on my blog sometimes because I love all the support and advice I receive from my fellow bloggers - and if I can help one person with my words on divorce or depression, then that's another bonus, too.

For the record, I always enjoy your posts. They're insightful and honest.

kate said...

Keep up the blog! The drama of your adventure in queries is like a soap opera for me. I look forward to the next episode all the time! You've got acceptance..rejection..suspense..."is she going to get published?" "Will this next agent like her?" "YAY! A full manuscript request!" ...these are the things that go through my mind when I tune in :) -kate

Kit Courteney said...

Mine was going to be 'writing only' but seeing as my last post was about my cat chucking up, I guess I've wandered.

I like the idea of showing other sides of yourself to others.

On a personal level I find it interesting to read quirky things about other writers.

They're writers, so they're MY type of person... finding out a little more makes me more interested in them.

Or maybe that's just me and my nosiness...?!

Fran said...

Okay, you like the personal approach, it seems. Just wish I could be as funny as Kit...