My wonderful, patient husband would be able to tell you how much I want to blog, but also how much pondering, debating, and heartache I've had over the whole issue.
I love to blog. I love to write and blogging is another way of writing. And those in the know say all authors should have a blog, all authors should blog about... well, they should blog about their books, their genre/topic/speciality, writing, etc, etc, etc. Some say an author should share more of their personality on their blog. Some say an author should stick to authorly topics. There is so much advice and conflicting opinion out there I am often left feeling hopelessly inadequate.
And then they get onto the topic of subscribers, and reader numbers, and clicks, and leads. In my opinion, statistics are a curse and are often used in the writing world to brag in a backwards way. I love it when other authors have great success - its heartening and I'm genuinely happy for them, but when they use statement like 'I've only got 256,028 subscribers on my blog, I really need to have a campaign to get more'. Ugh. Get over yourself. Statistics are not something I watch. I used to, but it only caused stress, so out the window it went.
This morning I started the whole debate again. My blog. What should I write about? What platform should I use? Should I try to start a second blog - again. Round, and round, and round.
Here's the thing. I'm 48 years old. I don't want to go chasing fame as a writer or a blogger. If it should happen to come my way, then I'll deal with it. I've lived over half of my life - there's less ahead than there is behind, and I'm not going to waste it doing things I don't want to do. I want a more personal blog. I want to be able to write about things other than my writing. The writing will probably still remain the lead topic, but that's because so much of my life outside work is writing! From now on there will be personal items, too.
I don't mind if you follow my blog or not. You shouldn't be wasting time on things that don't interest you either. Life is precious, so do the things you want to do.
For now I have a book to keep writing. I'm at the good stage where the investigator has just received a clue that will go a long way to unraveling the mystery. Unfortunately I've forgotten to keep track of passing time, so at the moment I have everyone working seven days a week. I need to sort that out before there's a strike...
What's it about?
It's about words and my life as a writer. There are also tips for those starting their writing journey, with a focus on self-publishing, and encouragement all round.