You may notice that I’ve posted a blogroll of some of the blogs and websites I visit regularly. It’s a pretty eclectic mix — there are other writers’ blogs, but also some mom blogs and one dedicated to interior decorating, which is — as my husband likes to say — my expensive hobby.
Everyone on it has greatly impressed me over the months or years I’ve been reading them, and I’ve been taking mental notes about what it is that sets each apart from the other. It’s hard to build a readership when your blog simply blends in with all the rest, and with only a few weeks of blogging experience under my belt, I am still figuring out how to make mine one that offers some je ne sais quoi that keeps readers coming back.
I’m coming off a couple of great writing weeks, weeks where I’ve actually had to turn down work because I’m so booked. It’s a luxury, and I hate it. The memory of all my clients disappearing a couple of years back remains strong, and I worry that editors will pass me over for future assignments if I’m unavailable for even one. That’s not what usually happens, of course, and it may even benefit me that they understand I’m in demand.
It doesn’t help that I’ve felt like such a dork while setting up this blog. A month to figure out how to add the blogroll? Really? Takes me down a few tabs to realize that I’m really not all that bright. My tech abilities lag far behind my language skills, and it’s painful to notice.
But it’s virtually impossible for writers to effectively promote their writing these days without being able to navigate all of the technology that gets our names out there. It’s simply not an option to decide not to learn it (unless you can pay someone . . . which a writer’s salary often can’t support) — so I’ll keep at it.
Meanwhile, take a gander at some of the sites on my blogroll. These writers clearly have both sides of their brain in gear, and I hope to follow in their esteemed paths.