For My Reader Readers, and Writer Readers . . .

[First a little business — I (hopefully) set up a linkie link on the sidebar —————> for the WIPpet Wednesday contributions. If you want to join in the WIPpet fun, click the link and add your URL. The link opens on Monday each week, and closes at midnight Wednesday.  Please let me know if you have problems with it. There should be a way to share it on each blog, so if not, I’ll need to look into it.]

Now, on to the actual post:

I embrace change. Thrive on it, really. Just like challenges and chocolate — hmm, words beginning with ch . . .

Anyhow, I’m sure the change thing has a lot to do with the fact I’m easily bored. Or is it just that I’m hard to keep entertained? Or perhaps — bright shiny! Bright shiny!

Hey, back on track, lady.

<ahem> Yes. So, change. Just because I don’t run from it, doesn’t mean I run headlong into it either. Not without considerable thought and research. Thorough research. From all angles. Sometimes for much too long.

When I began this blog, its purpose was — admittedly — somewhat murky. I knew it would have something to do with writing; a way to grow a following, connect with other writers, build a platform — all that good stuff. In some of those regards, it has been successful. I have a humble following, I’ve met some awesome writerly types, and I’ve made some good connections.

(Do you like how I’m building tension? One of those writer tricks. Hee, hee, hee.)

However, (you knew that was coming) I regret to announce — this is The End. I am going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell.

What?!!? No, wait. Sorry, channeling Bilbo’s birthday party speech. I’m not saying good bye, don’t be silly. But you will see some subtle changes around here this year. Let’s face it, a writer needs readers. Readers (unless they’re also writers, and all writers should read) don’t want to read about writing. (Now read that entire sentence five times fast, out loud.) They go to author’s blogs to get a glimpse at their favorite author’s life, their personality, they want to know they’re human, maybe what they’re working on — but not necessarily how. They go for the same reasons they pick a book: They want to be entertained. At least, that’s what I’ve heard from other folks, through my research, and from my own personal experience. Readers don’t really care about the ins and outs of the publishing world, or how to craft the perfect sentence, or even how to build tension on the page. If they do, they’re most likely writers, and there are tons of blogs and articles out there addressing every possible facet of the writing craft, written by professionals. In that arena, I’m just a rookie.

And . . .  the time has come for me to build a reader base as well. One book is out there (see sidebar), First of Her Kind is due to be released soon (cover issues), and there are other projects in the works (Emergence, another anthologyinclusion).

What this means (and isn’t this just about as long-winded and convoluted as Bilbo’s speech? I know half of you half as well as I should . . .) is there will likely be more author interviews, more book reviews, blog tours, more general posts on general topics, and not so much on the ins and outs of the craft. Yes, WIPpet Wednesdays will stay. I’m sure the occasional writing craft/publishing news post will poke its head in, but overall there will be . . . well . . . more of me.

Time will tell if that’s a good thing.

chapflourish

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9 responses

  1. For a moment, I was very worried. Then I realised your words of farewell seemed familiar. 🙂 Good luck with your new change of direction!

    January 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    • Thanks!

      January 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    • Sorry to give you a momentary worry. I’m naughty like that. The change will be gradual, I’m sure. The biggest change is going to be more regularity of posts. At least, that seems to be what’s been happening so far this year. Scheduling is suddenly my friend.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

  2. Like Ink, I was momentarily worried too! I always look forward to your blog posts. Even though your posts may not be about ‘you’, you have a distinctive voice and a clear direction/goal in your writing. This is what makes your posts interesting to me, regardless of the topic.

    I follow another blog who had to do a similar change after she published her first book. She recognized that many people who follow her blog are normal people (not writers, in other words 😉 ) and she needed to write posts that interested that part of her audience.

    I guess it’s like writing a novel where we have to figure our who our audience is and write for them. I’ve always responded to that pearl of wisdom with “Well, I want everyone to be my audience, I don’t want to narrow it down to middle-class thirty-somethings.” I think our blogs have to be treated the same way. We have to figure out how to write for everyone.

    Good luck!

    January 22, 2013 at 6:49 am

    • Nice to know I would have been missed, but sorry to have caused momentary concern. Hee, hee. Bad, Kathi!

      I’m not sure how noticeable a change it will be. Hard to keep the writer out of the writer, you know. I’m sure the more writerly posts will still be there, or just blend with the others — which is happening to one I’m working on now.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

  3. Ah your blog is growing up – while I love your current blog (and yeah it was because I’m a writer and it’s been a cool place to hang) – I’m really keen to see the new direction too. Best of luck. – By the way I loved the Bilbo thing too!

    January 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    • Hopefully you will still enjoy hanging here. 🙂 My favorite part of Bilbo’s speech is the “I know half of you half as well as I should like…” part. I swear, I’m going to find an occasion to use that!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

  4. Luckily, I recognized the quote right away! 🙂 Oh, that growing the audience thingie…. Some people have such a natural knack for it. Me? Not yet so much. 😉 But you are moving into that published realm now, and I think that does mean writing posts about broader topics and more about you than “just” the act and art of writing. I look forward to seeing how your blog grows!

    January 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    • Hee, hee. I just couldn’t resist.

      I’m sure there will be a writerly angle to most posts. Can’t abandon that. Just not so much on the craft end of things. Unless, of course, I feel I have something fantastic to share as I continue on this journey. If I can be of help to other writers then I certainly will. 🙂

      January 23, 2013 at 5:12 am

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