Confessions of an Occasional Blogger

Posted on June 12, 2008. Filed under: blogs, Uncategorized, writing | Tags: , |

I seem to be falling behind with this blogging thing. My last entry was three weeks ago. Uh oh.

However, the novel I’m writing is making excellent progress. I have no idea how authors, especially those with the book-a-year contract, juggle both. The longer I do this, the more impressed I am with that end product, a book that’s a satisfying read.

I have a feeling that I overthink my blog topics. I have about seven unfinished drafts that I couldn’t get off the ground, let alone post in a timely fashion, so they’re outdated now. A prime example is a post about my pre-Belmont thoughts on Big Brown.

Also, for some topics, I have another venue in mind. I don’t want to debut them here under my basically, intentionally anonymous personal blog. So I save them. I hope they don’t end up like the magazines on my coffee table, the ones I insist I intend to read but secretly fear that I’m just hoarding.

Plus, part of me likes the idea that I have a relatively anonymous venue in which to post thoughts and interests. But that defeats the purpose of the promotional author blog. Although our little circle here is kind and generous, I wonder if I might be too thin-skinned to be a blogger, like a NYT best-seller who discontinued her blog after getting crisped in an accidental flamefest. I think I’ve managed to build a shield over my fiction for critique purposes, but maintaining that facade takes a lot of energy. I’m not sure I’ve got the strength just yet to extend my mental shield to works on the blogosphere, too.

So I’m comfortable here with our little circle and feel a bit guilty that I don’t contribute more.

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6 Responses to “Confessions of an Occasional Blogger”

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Have confidence. The blogosphere won’t bite you.

Oh, me of little faith. 😉 I’m working on getting up the nerve. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

Hang in there. It’s not so tough. It just takes practice. You can do it!

Thanks for the encouragement, Beth.

Be yourself, Rhonda. Blog about what matters to you. What you find interesting. What happened to you in a day that made the day memorable. There’s no need to give away personal information and I don’t blame you for wanting to remain somewhat anonymous. I feel the same way. Yet, I think there’s a way to balance the two. Like Beth said, it just takes practice. And we’re here to practice on! 🙂

~Debbie

Awww, you guys are great! Thanks, Debora. The whole point of having the blog is to practice.


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