Anyone who’s coming to this blog looking for regular content is probably pretty quick on the realization that I don’t use it very often. Why is that? Well, the easiest guess is that if I’m blogging HERE, I’m not working on writing anywhere else, which is where my focus should be right now. My name is out there, sure, but the Internet is a reeeeeeeeeeally big place, and the better way to get it more out there is to keep writing more and keep submitting more.
So why not maintain this blog on the side? Plenty of other people do too, right?
To be honest — and I’m not sure I can be more honest than this — I’m not a blogger. It’s not where I want my attention to go. I’m a storyteller, not a journalist (by which I mean I don’t keep a journal).
Secondly, people use blogs, and Twitter, and Facebook, and God only knows what else to market themselves. It’s kind of a sad thing, in my opinion, to use one’s Twitter account to blast book sales and then retweet other people’s book sales in the hopes that they’ll blast your own back to everyone else. And — in the interest of full disclosure — for a little while I did just that. I joined the Twitter echo chamber and tried to make it mine.
Why did I quit? Because there has to be more to writing than passive-aggressive begging people to pimp out your own books for you. It might be old fashioned of me, but if someone does or doesn’t like my books, it’s hopefully because they tried READING THE ACTUAL BOOK. Call me crazy, but isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work? I hear your book is good; I buy it; I say if I like it or not. I don’t like it; I tell people; they don’t buy your book, either. I don’t care how hi-tech this world gets, even in 2014, word of mouth matters.
I’m going to keep writing for word of mouth. I’m going to keep writing for people who read an old book of mine and think they might like a new one. I’m going to keep writing because I should be writing instead of blogging, or tweeting, or whatever. I do an occasional tweet or two over on the Twitter account, but I adamantly refuse to beg people to buy what I write or hope for lightning in a bottle — if I’m ever fortunate enough to still be writing, it’ll be because enough people like what I write and want more of it, not because I opened up the proverbial trench coat and shook my goodies for everybody to see.
I’ll still keep this blog up, and I’ll still write on it when time permits and when more people want more content on it. Until then, there’s more important work to be doing.