Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA Day 2: Blog Development and Genre

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.

On genres
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.


  1. I know it sounds weird to suggest, but there are tons of books on blogging out there. That is how i overcame my fear of all this. Books are what i feel comfortable with, so that where i turn when i need help and it has worked.


    1. I've thought of this. I might have even made it to the library only to find that the books were out. Should try again. Do you have any recommendations?

  2. I definitely understand how hard it is to change habits. But maybe try introducing one new change at a time until that becomes comfortable?

  3. Yes. I know and setting goals -- giving myself a direction

  4. Oh goodness, the things I have thought about doing, changing, adding, or taking away from my blog - particularly in the area of design - are so many and contradictory to each other that I'm better off leaving a lot of it alone. That said, when I'm done with school I might invest some time and effort in that area. But I also like the way it is, and think that my biggest development is in my writing, my voice, and the way in which I look at books. Does that make sense?

  5. I know the feeling about changing it up on the blog. I've been dabbling in designs looking for graphic help and asking for feed back. Its daunting, making changes!

    Great post! I split mine into two posts today. I think I ramble in my posts.

    Ashley @ My Two Cents

  6. I love how you talk about writing as a walk with a friend and the book is the friend! Terrific way of looking at it!

    I love all kinds of genres, but I'm mainly drawn to good stories and characters. I need to read Cloud Atlas!

  7. I love your post :) And I love John Green right now, but then again I am still under the influence of The Fault in Our Stars.

    My recipe to blogging happiness is doing what feels right. So I say just do that :)

  8. Your blog looks pretty great to me! And it's working for you! Keep doing what you're doing, it's awesome!

  9. I enjoyed your thoughts on Blog Development and Genre. Blogging is so personal. I think your blog is a reflection of you and it works beautifully. Sometimes I feel there's too much going on with some designs, sometimes I feel that my blog is a bit much, but what it really comes down to is what you have to say, not what the blog looks like.

    1. Thank you Suzanne. It's reassuring to have feedback. I would love to get just a little help to make reveiws a bit easier to access.

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