How not to blog.
August 16, 2011 § 15 Comments
I discovered that I’m doing this blogging thing all wrong.
A blogger should post 3 to 5 times a week.
The posts should be snappy and short, say 300 to 500 words.
The blog should be part of the writer’s image-building strategy called a Platform.
A smart author strives to become a household name like Coca-Cola or Cheerios.
In addition to the blog a writer should have a website, should Tweet, should have printed materials…
The list was more extensive but at that point my brain seized.
I left the conference wondering whether I was, a. Lazy, or, b. Unambitious.
I decided to go with unambitious. For about 10 years now I’ve made my living as a writer without a day job. I do what I love and have time left over. I’ve achieved my ambition! I’ve arrived!
But even though I don’t want to be Cheerios, I do want my thoughts out in the world as part of our collective discourse. This blog is my bid to do that. It allows me to write straight-up essays. Not clothed in story, I show you my beliefs; the wire hangers on which all my stories depend.
It serves another function as well. I don’t know about your brain, but mine is like that drawer in the kitchen you throw things into: rubber bands, string, unpaid bills, that ball point pen that works if you hold it at just the right angle–and a million dollar lottery ticket.
It is only by writing that I can organize and assess all the random things I’ve tossed in there. This blog helps me to know my own mind, and identify that winning lottery ticket.
As for the dictum to post 3 to 5 times a week. Ahhhhhhh! If I did that there would be no time to grow vegetables, sing Motown, pat my dog, write stories, or debate the sorry state of the world with my husband.
As for Tweeting? Let’s not even go there.
I post once a week, faithfully. Bet this is my Catholic upbringing showing through, like counting off rosary beads or lighting candles. Whether my posts are good or bad, they are reliable.
Don’t correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe you get points in heaven for that.
One of my favorite things about having this blog is reading the responses they elicit. If you read this blog and take the time to comment, big thanks. Without you it would be like shouting into a canyon and hearing no echo.
By the time I hit the “Publish” button for this entry I will be in Maine with my brother and sister and the rest of the family—that’s why the illustrations for this post look so cool. I am not knocking ambition or authors who have the grit and chutzpah to self-promote, but time is limited.
What do you think? Maine or self-promotion, raise your hands.
All righty then. Maine it is!
Consider this my postcard to you.
Having a great time! Wish you were here!
(Five hundred and forty-seven words. Dang–so close!)