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By: Vassen

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 05:57:59 +0000

Well, I have to admit that if the blog was geared towards marketing, it completely missed with me. I read all the books first and THEN found out you had a blog.

By: Kylinn

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 21:52:59 +0000

Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, Ryk E. Spoor (who I knew originally as "Seawasp" of rasfw) are among the writers I might never have tried if I wasn't familiar with them online first. Alas that my personal reading time has taken such a tremendous nosedive since I discovered newsgroups, blogs, and MMORPGs, those timesinks of the internet.

By: Spherical Time

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 20:51:11 +0000

I remember that, Aka. It ticked me off because I'd just met Cory, had no idea who he was, and his posts about his stories were helping me catch up with his work. Besides, if you don't like the subject of a particular post, BoingBoing has dozens of other posts per day that you can go read.

By: Åka

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 19:54:56 +0000

I just remember that there was someone who complained when Cory Doctorow wrote something about his own stories (in translation, if I remember) on Boing Boing. Some people are over-sensitive to everything that looks even remotely like marketing, was my conclusion. (Also: some people think that a blog with lots of readers is some kind of public service.)

By: Arachne Jericho

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 17:06:28 +0000

Because I am a crazy nut who likes to blog, I spent a lot of last night ripping apart six myths about blogging bringing riches and glory, especially with respect to blogging and writing. Hopefully it will be useful for folks to deal with the people who say "c'mon blog! Instanto rise in audience!" I'm not an artist, so don't know how far some of this applies to artists, but I suspect far enough. If anyone else has more myths for me to shred, please bring them along.

By: Daniel Sroka

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:00:35 +0000

The same thing happens with artists. We keep getting bombarded with the same advice that having a blog = incredible sales and fame, and it gets a little tiring. People point to the 2 or 3 success stories (out of how many millions of blogs?) and say, "see they because famous because of their blog and so can you." I have my blog because, well, I tried and like the Proverbial Mikey, I liked it. It gives me an outlet, a place to talk about my art where people won't roll their eyes at me. And hey, a few people read it, which is cool and fun. But I think I'd be just as happy talking to the void.

By: Gennita Low

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:00:23 +0000

Scalzi's blog calls to me because it's not like he just posts cute pictures of cats. He taped bacon on a cat, took a pic, and POSTED it. That's the special ingredient that makes his blog what it is. Scalzi = bacon. Blog = tape. Cat = me. Mwar please. For myself, I find blogging much easier than newsletters, even though the latter is a once-a-month thing. I can't post crazy pictures in a newsletter, or have a mini-discussion, or turn into raging McRanty Pants. Something is lost in a newsletter. Initially, I blogged for my readers who were already familiar with my books and I hadn't planned to update it daily. However, I discovered that I'm an anecdotal writer and thus began my love affair with blogging (I just went to check the archive dates--Holy Batbacon, has it really been three years?!). The joy to share yourself--that's key to making a blog fun to read.

By: Alan Kellogg

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 07:18:01 +0000

My blogging is haphazard. Mostly because I space things. Also because I have episodes of funk and despair. Clinical depression is a bitch. So I write about what get's my attention. Some days nothing rouses me to exposition, other days I won't shut up. Focusing is a skill I need to develop, and I applaud anyone who can focus on a task. Write about what you're interested in, encourage communication, and comment on other people's blogs. Won't guarantee success, but it works a dang site better than not even trying.

By: Dane

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 02:52:07 +0000

No hipster-here, I have been reading you since before my 8 year marriage began. I was proud of you when you sold your first book and sad with you when you lost your cat. I have watched Athena grow up and your hair run away from home. Thank you for your time.

By: Arachne Jericho

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 02:41:50 +0000

Yes, making comments about the fanfiction community is also a way to get eaten by snarks. Neil Gaiman got it, too; although he made up by writing Gollum/Smeagol slash on his blog. So with the proper sense of humor, you too can deal with the snarks. Without it, ignoring is prolly the best thing you can do. If someone does ask about it in the comments, just shrug. But that sort of thing afflicts even non-writers. I know someone who has a blog about biking with her children across the US. She had an entire community of moms blast her blog for dragging children along on such a long ride. It was pretty sad. Such things pass, though.