“Consensus” and “internet” are two words that don’t find their way into the same sentence very often. I know this because, as I’ve embarked on my publishing adventure, I’ve had to look a lot of things up. Usually, the process goes something like this: (1) I formulate a question (e.g., “One or two spaces after a period?”); (2) I find an authoritative-sounding answer; (3) I feel good about following the advice I just found in step 2, until (4) I click on another link, hoping to confirm what I’ve already been told, only to find an equally authoritative-sounding argument in support of the oppposite conclusion, which leads to (5) I spend another hour clicking around, trying to find an unimpeachable source, or at the very least, figure out the majority/better view.
I suppose that’s the nature of the beast, and it’s not meant to be a complaint. Without access to the vast store of knowledge that’s out there in cyberspace , I wouldn’t have had the first clue about how to publish my book. Being forced to view one’s findings through a discerning lens is a small price to pay for access to such an incredibly valauble pool of information.
There is at least one issue, though, on which everyone’s views seem to align: the need for authors to have blogs. Intuitively, this makes sense. If one is going to hold oneself out as a writer, then one should write whenever one can, and get those words in front of as many eyeballs as possible, right? I think this goes double for novelists, who might take months or even years between books. If a blog can help keep readers engaged with, and interested in, an author, then it’s certainly a worthwhile exercise.
You might wonder, then, why I would hesitate for even a moment when it came to starting a blog. I could point to my historic aversion to new technologies (and yes, I realize that blogging isn’t on the bleeding edge of computer use in 2014, but you have to realize that I am still not completely used to having a cell phone, either – my history of late adaptation probably deserves its own, separate post), but that’s not the reason. My real hang-up is with presuming that anyone would want to read what I have to say.
That may sound disingenuous coming from a person who is trying to get you to purchase his 105,000-word novel. Publishing anything entails some degree of hubris – as an author, I am asserting that I’ve written something that’s worth your time to read. But saying that about my book is different than saying that about my blog. I can explain why you should read my finished story a lot more effectively than I can tell you why you should care about my views on current events, or what I had for breakfast on any given day.
With that in mind, I’ve tried to give some thought as to what this blog will be. Honestly, I’m still not 100% sure. I can tell you that it’s not going to be about my day job. There are many websites/blogs out there that chronicle the wonderful world of lawyering, so I’m not going to re-invent that particular wheel. I also don’t see it as pulpit for me to spout off on news/politics/current events. There are lots of places on the internet to debate taxes, health care, guns, or whatever else floats your boat. All interesting stuff, for sure, but not what I want to focus on here.
So what will this blog be about? Certainly, I want to talk about the writing and publishing process, not only with respect to Peripheral Involvement, but also with an eye toward future projects. In the coming days, I’m sure I’ll be sharing my experiences from this week’s book launch. Each step is a first for me and I’m learning on the fly, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have some things to share.
Beyond that, I plan to write about whatever I think is interesting: observations, experiences… whatever comes along, really. I guess we’ll see where that takes us.
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One response to “On Blogging…”
Like you, I started my blog to introduce my (children’s) story. Then after I did all the bits about it, I too wondered – “So what will this blog be about? ” I just recently figured it out and similar to you, I blog about whatever I feel is interesting – well, at least to me. Probably not the best way to go about it, but it keeps me writing. Have a look at my first post: http://jeralynlashsands.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-blog-is-initially-about-my-first.html. Good luck with your newly published story and feel free to drop me a line. Cheers.