10.01.2014

IWSG - October

It is another IWSG day, and I have only posted once since last month. So here it is: I have an extremely hard time posting on my blog about anything when I have a lot of 'real life' stuff happening. I know people say that having regular posts, dependability, fresh content, is important to build audience as a writer.. 'Blogging is important!' they say. 'Make sure to interact with your readers, and your blogging buddies!' they say. Even if it is just to say hi to remind them you exist. Otherwise we are sure to lose our audiences and never sell a book and omg fall into that hole with all the other failed authors, never to see the light of glorious ritzy authorial success.

But I, like many of my friends with writing tendencies, am an introvert. And when I have stuff happening (life drama, too much work, travel..) I dont want to post on my blog. Not that I dont love my blogging buddies, but this site is outward facing. It is intended for other people. And when I have so much going on, I go into self - preservation mode and can't bring myself to share what little energy I have with other people,  even if I really like them (truly - just ask my husband and local friends).

There are days that I am terrified this means I will never be successful and known as an author, and there are days that I just want to say forget it and quit the whole thing. I guess until I can make writing my whole life,  it has to be just a part of life like anything else, and that means it gets prioritized out sometimes. It is nice to have things like IWSG to force me out of my shell once in a while, if only to show that I am still alive and kickin' over here.

So there you go. Alive, yes. Functioning, mostly. Writing? Not so much. See you all soon, hopefully! (next IWSG? ha)

3 comments:

  1. I also tend to pull into myself when things are going wrong, and the last two years have been rough. But I do find having posting days on my blog help me to push through it sometimes, just to post. When I get comments, and see the support, it brings me out that much more.

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  2. Have you ever considered having a friend help out on your blog? Some one who loves to read and would post a review or two a month for you. Also there are a few meme's you could try out. Like Harry potter moment of the week that's hosted by uncorkedthoughts. Bu what ever makes you happy is the best suggestion. Matt @ JC's Book Haven.

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  3. Hi AJ, I found your blog on IWSG… and after reading your post, I had to comment. There are days when I am terrified, too! Those days, I think it would be easier to give up on my dream of being a successful author. Yes, it probably would be easier to give it up, but on the downside, I would be lost and unfulfilled. A writer has to write! Maybe sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to take a break.

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