Writing Wednesday: The Truth About Blogging
It’s funny because I thought Monday’s entry would be the one that got me in hot water with people. Maybe I should start my own Doomsday cult now!
Anyway, just to push the topic a little further, here are the only two reasons to follow a blog:
I’ll be honest and say that a good portion of people who read/comment on my blog are doing so because I read/comment on their blog. Sometimes especially someone will trickle in after I conveniently left a comment on their blog.
I’m not saying that this is wrong. It’s polite in a quaint, “Godfather” way to repay a favor with a favor. Though generally I think the comments that result from this are mostly of the “thanks for sharing” variety because the commenter probably has 2,000 other blogs to go comment on from her Google Reader feed. All these blogfests, Crusades, etc. seem to breed this kind of behavior, though sometimes you can also find a blog you legitimately enjoy visiting.
Because the real reason you SHOULD read a blog is because you enjoy what it has to say. The ones I visit most frequently and make the lengthiest comments on are those who share something interesting. I prefer those who aren’t sharing the same moldy advice being spewed by agents/editors (who don’t bother following said advice anyway) and reach a bit deeper.
Let’s be honest, when I go to your blog I want to hear what YOU think, not what Mr. Big Agent thinks or what Ms. Famous Author thinks. If I want to know what they think I’ll go to their website, not yours. Now if you want to use what they say as a starting point and discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of what they think then that’s good. Though I usually think disagreeing with advice is more interesting because it’s more difficult. Anyone can agree with what someone more famous says; it takes a critical mind to take what they say and figure out why you don’t agree with it. So, yeah, don’t be afraid to question authority. Rock the fucking boat! Writers should know that conflict makes for the best drama and you can’t have conflict by parroting what everyone else says.
Now take what you’ve learned and disagree with this post!
Friday: how the movie “Catfish” kept this blog open–which some would say is not necessarily a good thing!