My first post on the pretty new pink blog J I love it!
Thinking about what to write today was tough, though. I mean, it’s the beginning of the year. I should be witty, right? At least for a month or two. But the thing is, I’m not going to entertain certain topics, no matter how strong the provocation. Reacting to reader reviews? Not going there. Balancing promo so you don’t look like a self-serving douche? Well…that one I might touch.
I’m kind of surprised by how much of my social media “streams” feel like a constant commercial break. It makes me wonder how many authors who are so worried about their Amazon rankings, who troll the net for five star reviews and beg for more “likes” on their Facebook pages are really still enjoying the most important part of all this…the writing.
I know that I have a hard time getting any writing done when I have to do a lot of promo for a newly-released book. Sure, it’s important to a certain extent but at the same time, who am I really blogging for? I like to think that readers follow me online, but the majority of those people are other authors and I think that’s true for most of us. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, because writers are readers too. But if I focus too much of my energies on the online stuff my writing suffers and I cheat the others, the ones who are just looking for the next good book to read and who don’t care that I blogged about how my cat likes to sit on my lap while I’m on the computer. (He does, by the way, it’s very awkward.)
I realize this is not a popular opinion. As authors, we’re supposed to be completely available, friendly, and also very prolific. But I have a family and a full time day job and the writing is something I do just because I love it so much. Something’s gotta give…and if it has to be some of my family time, I’d rather it be because I’m writing, not promo-ing my ass off into the massive black hole that is the internet.
Wow, happy new year, eh? :)