Blogging is bugging me.
I was working on my Writerly Resource Page, and I was reading some posts on blogging. They’re filled with good advice, like how to write posts and get follows and comments. You’ll see them when I post the new page. But I just kept thinking…
So much marketing.
It’s a dreaded word among writerly circles, a necessary evil. I know that when I get close to publishing my book, I’m going to have to start marketing in earnest, but let’s not think about that at the moment. I don’t need the headache.
I’m thinking more about blogging as a whole. There is so much out there on how to market one’s blog, that it gets tiring. Follow other people’s blogs, and they’ll follow yours. Comment on other people’s posts, and they’ll comment on yours. So much give and take, so much self-promotion. A lot of times, it seems nothing short of selfish.
I’ll be the first to admit that one of my primary reasons for blogging is so I could start building a platform for my novel. Someday, when I make it far enough in my writing career to finish a book, I want to have people as excited about my work as I am, waiting for the release date when they can get their copy. After all, when you’ve poured yourself into one project for so long, why wouldn’t you want to share in the excitement?
That wasn’t my only reason, though. When I started blogging, I wanted to have a place to connect with fellow writers, people who know what it feels like to have characters swarming in their brains, to fashion worlds with their minds, bang their heads against the keyboard when words just won’t come.
Of course, to have that interaction, I have to have comments.
And according to the experts, to have comments, you have to comment on other people’s blogs.
Now, it’s not that I don’t want to comment on other peoples blogs, because I do. I just don’t always remember to. That and when I go to my Reader, the vast number of new posts gets overwhelming. The WordPress mobile app doesn’t help much. I still get overwhelmed, and I still don’t comment. Sometimes I don’t have anything to say, so I like the post and go on my way. Other times the post is from a Blogger site, which doesn’t work well with the WordPress app, so I can’t. (So to all my Blogger-using writerly friends out there, I’m sorry! I haven’t forgotten you! And to my fellow WordPress-users, I’m sorry, and I don’t have any excuse for your neglect. I apologize most sincerely.)
My technological commenting issues aside, I’m trying to look at the give-and-take dynamic of blogging from a different perspective. It’s woefully presumptuous for me to expect people to come flocking to my blog when I don’t spend much time on theirs. What makes my blog and my content so special that I think I don’t have to work for that interaction just like they do?
Maybe it’s a trivial shift in mindset. After all, I’d be doing the same thing. The only thing I’m changing is my attitude about it.
All that being said, in full awareness that I’m asking for comments, I would love to hear what you think about this musing of mine, your thoughts on blogging, the comments, the whole dynamic of it. After all, it takes interaction to build a community. 🙂