Blogger development and me
I would love to work on blogger development. I’ve been pretty much doing the same thing – over and over again – since I began. Reading. Writing. Posting.
I even know some of what I need to do:
Add photos. Add graphics. Write shorter. Write snappier. (Many of the blogs I like best do this.)
Find someone who knows something about blog design and get some help. Explore blog design on my own.
But blog improvement is a little like changing habits. I know what I need to do but I don’t do it. I just keep doing the old, the familiar and the most comfortable.
I am a little selfish in this. I write in order to have a small conversation with the book. Writing, I tell myself, is the place I go to think, kind of like going for a long walk with a friend – and the book is the friend. I post so others can listen in on that conversation.
That’s different than writing for an audience of other bloggers. When I ask who my audience is, I come up blank. So I just keep writing the way I’ve been writing for years.
I don’t think it’s true that genres don’t get the attention they deserve. Over the past 30 or so years, genres have gone beserk -- growing, changing, subdividing and subsubdividing. Mysteries. Thrillers. Police Procedurals. Detective stories. Armchair detectives. Noir. Etc.
And I like that.
They’ve also been crossbreeding and you see wonderful examples of that in truly great fiction like Cloud Atlas. Wow what a book!
While I favor literary fiction and mysteries – old habits die hard -- I’ll read anything that’s multilayered and really good.
This year I’ve read historical fiction, YA and biographies – but I’m reading off the top of the genres I’m least familiar with – already established greats like Hilary Mantel, John Green and David McCullough.