You aren’t interested in the writing process, or at least my writing process. I know because I’ve just read a blog by a writer of fiction who has published and knows and who told me (and anyone else who logged in) that was true. Apparently.
Which is odd because I’ve just read another blog by another writer, freelance but doing okay by the look of things, at least writing telling others how to write, that that is exactly what you want. They went about finding out in an apparently more scientific way by asking via a survey on facebook and on Twitter what people wanted to read on their blog. Some of the answers were scripts, templates, and workbooks, which let’s face it appear to be somewhat related to the writing process.
I occasionally do this: search for what people who write about writing and what people who read blogs of and about writing want to read. I want to grow the numbers of people who read what I write on here. So any hints I can get about what people like to read about are very welcome.
As you can see from the above and those are polar opposites picked from a lot of samples out there that illustrate the vast breadth of different opinions about what works, there is no consensus.
If one of the two extremes shown were an outlier, I’d be content to go with the other extreme. The problem is, the recommended paths are about equally divided between these two polls and all shades in between. If there were one true path I’d probably take it. But there isn’t. Now I don’t suspect either of these bloggers, nor many of the others out there between their positions, have a particular axe to grind that makes their opinions or findings dubious. In the myriad blogs out there telling you how to get more readers, make money, improve your seo profile, build a base etc. there are obviously some trying to make a fast buck and hang the consequences. But most are genuinely trying to pass on knowledge they believe to be true. Wisdom that they have gleaned from experience. What has worked for them.
Now not all these pieces of advice are mutually exclusive, you may want to see script development in all its glory and want to know about the writer as a person, but some of these bits of advice can’t all be right.
I’ve been told to avoid too much ‘me’ in blog posts, make it about the story. Don’t give too much away about my work, make it about me as a person and build a base for publication. Post example short stories. Remember that’s the first publication rights b******d, don’t post your stories for publication. Post excerpts, don’t give plots away, protect your ideas, tell people about your family, make yourself human, don’t tell people how difficult the publication/agent process can be, you’ll look needy, like a loser, expose your soul, project the person you want to be.
I guess a lot of it depends on what you want your blog to be; what is its purpose?
I like writing and want to share that with people.
If they get to know a bit about me at the same time, that’s good.
So although I’ll keep looking for insights into what other people think I should be doing I think I’ll just keep writing what I like and what I can, and hoping you like it too.
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