Thursday, 1 November 2018

Thoughts on blogging


Over the years I have written hundreds, perhaps thousands, of articles, usually about writing or editing, or in some way connected to books. Many of these articles have appeared on these pages in the hope they would be of interest or would educate readers. 

Rarely, if ever, have any comments appeared. So it seems as though I am writing in a vacuum. It’s like writing a book: getting it published means that someone has read it – usually an editor or even more people in the publishing house – but then the book is published -- and I have never – even after publishing over 130 books – seen a single person reading my book that might have taken up to 12 months to write. Occasionally there are reviews so opinions are given – and publishers' sales reports indicate that the book has readers.

Writing is such a thankless job, really (though emails are responded to, and birthday cards and the occasional letter are doubtless read). 

So, not having receive many responses to all the blog entries which have appeared under this heading, I wonder what is the point of it all? 

One reads of bloggers who have hundreds – even thousands – of followers. Mummy bloggers, for instance. Women who write about fashion or dieting. It seems that writing about writing, especially writing children’s books, does not have many followers.

So, this time I’m going to leave this entry for a few weeks to see if anyone ‘out there’ is reading my blog, because if you are, I’m asking for a comment, just to let me know. If you’re there, I’ll keep on keeping on.

To finish, you might like to check out Buzz Words, an online magazine I compile twice a month (since 2006) for those in the Australian children’s book industry. Go to www.buzzwordsmagazine.com and ask for a free, obligation-free sample.

21 comments:

  1. Hi Di, I'm a fellow author and I read lots of blogs. I love blogging myself and also rarely get comments. I'm reading your blog. I do have a Buzz Words link and look at it as well. Don't give up! I love the different writing groups on Facebook and often find them inspirational. (but time wasting - LOL) Life is short, so I figure do what you love. I'm out of work having been retrenched after 20 years and have found I have more head space for writing. I never know if I offer anything of value but I do have regular followers who LIKE my posts. Maybe I should take the time to reply more to the comments that do come through? I do when I get them. The links with different social media appear to be less automatic and more the put them on yourself type. Don't be disheartened.
    We're all throwing stuff out there in the hope someone is reading.
    Happy writing
    Jill

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  2. Hi there Jill, Thanks ever so much for responding to my pathetic plea to the universe! I write lots of material for Buzz Words, including articles, so if you are interested, I'm happy to send you the latest obligation free issue. Contact me on dibates@outlook.com Perhaps I am too easily disheartened? Di

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  3. Hi Di,

    Be assured, your blog posts do get read! They are very informative and I tweet them sometimes. I wonder if you would consider putting them into a (e)book? I'm new to all this social media interaction, but I understand how frustrating it can be when there is seemingly no response (I only get verbal feedback from friends to my new blog (freddyiryss@blogspot.com) but so far, have 0 comments. But then again, I only have started out and there are only 6 posts so far:-)

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  4. In my experience even most regular blog readers like myself rarely comment. We read, enjoy and learn. Some blogs are definitely different, backed by a community often on Facebook - and these get lots of comments. But I would never judge an individual blog's success by the number of comments but by its traffic. That said, most traffic comes from social media so you need to put blog posts on Facebook and/or Twitter to ensure the readers you want find you. Most people read from social media posts not their own blog reader apps.

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