In the past I tried blogging. In fact, I think that I have done some personal blogging for more than 6 years, including 2 old Uranian Fiction websites, this blog and also Wealthy Affiliate websites that use my name miriampia.org and .com rather than using Uranian Fiction.
After 3 or 4 years of effort, I just started to write a blog with a structured weekly schedule but then suddenly, something else happened which undermined that whole effort. I don’t even remember what it was now.
Now, this is also blogging. I did a little professional blogging in the past – mostly for a Atlanta Real Estate, about a decade ago, but I think I have blogged professionally elsewhere. I realize that sounds whacky, but if you meet enough professional writers it will seem less crazy. It is a volume & mind set issue as it relates to memory.
I do believe that structured blogging can make sense. In my own case, I may have to start all over again.
The truth is that I like the idea of being able to blog to readers on various topics and even in multiple ways. Some days I want to produce professional copy as I do write professionally but other times I just want to share my personality with readers. Not only that but there are also days which are more like ‘wow’ days – to share spontaneously, whether about some new facet of German culture or another travel location or something else. Maybe it would be about hair and fashion rather than culture or delves deeply into my mood one day – out of nowhere: what some people would describe as ‘random’.
Wow, it’s June. Earlier today I read another person’s article about how to write a great blog. During these first couple of years there have been many days when the only reason that I blogged was to be consistent. When I reviewed stats for the blog it sometimes seemed as if Life wanted to play kick the can with my ego, yet again. Despite being in my 40s it was “Dear old Dad” as my main reader. Now and then another woman would look at it. Occasionally “the system” would persuade someone else to read one post.
A couple of years ago now, I had a bit of a shock when I went out one evening to a group meeting and someone I spent time in person now and then in Germany told me that she was up to date because she had read my blog. I was very flattered – it was as good as when someone one hopes will turn up to their birthday actually arrives and even brings something the host/ess wants. It is a flattering ego boosting ‘stroke’ of sorts.
I know that I am not the goddess of blogging. If I were, they give me the impression that I would be rich from it by now. A few years ago I found an 18 year old in an African nation who was earning more blogging online than I have earned yearly even with 5 years of higher education, maybe more depending on how you count. Recently I began to get a little more complex but then I began to suffer from inconsistency. Hm, what a puzzle.
As always, thanks to those of you who bothered to read it and liked it.
There is a lot of advice out there for amateurs and for those aspiring to be professionals. It does seem to be true that when the successful are polled although they did all have to write well and make the right connections the ways that people connected the dots, so to speak, is not the same. It seems the individuality does have a real influence on the best methods for how someone can find their own greatest success.
For those really just looking for a steady job there are ways to do that as a writer but the whole approach and ambiance may be different from that of ‘the writer as artist’ or ‘big, huge star author’. The most published writers are often the journalists, advertising writers. The other mos published do so as part of their daily jobs that may make some writers uneasy. As previously mentioned: grant proposal writers and people working corporate documentation.
Other prestigious positions as writers, are the academic realm and in the arts.
Nonfiction books often sell more easily than fiction although passionate readers of fiction may find that hard to believe.
Today’s post is about amounts of togetherness. Most people like to feel ‘not alone’ at least sometimes but also like to be able to ‘be alone – by oneself’ at least sometimes.
Over the course of a life, there are those of us who get the balance right most of the time and others who cope with either too much or not enough alone time over the years.
One activity that people can enjoy to be on their own but still feel at least somewhat connected is reading.
Some of you already know that I write. Most of what I have written professionally does not have my name on it: I have no control over those and am not really involved with them much afterwards. Most of you also know that there are works of which I am the author. It is a real pleasure to find customers. I know that it is challenging: as someone who has been irritated by sales people but who has also spent happily and willingly on items I really wanted or needed, it can be strange to hawk one’s wares.
Before I wrote today’s post, I read someone else’s. The system is set up that way. It happened to be the blog of some publisher or a novel – but it was someone else’s, not mine.
The stats do matter to me: right now, it still looks like one day in February in 2012 was the day the most people ever read my blog on the same day of all time so far. I looked at the blog and don’t feel I understand why that one was so much more successful. Maybe I went out in public that day and interacted more or something like that. Maybe that is the day that Five Big Questions in Life, a little self-help pamphlet was actually released by a publisher. Maybe I wrote the most FB posts of my life or applied for the most jobs and writing contracts in one day, but don’t remember exactly what I did that worked so well.
It does make me glad when at least one reader clicks on like, but I feel that if it was just someone the system forced to acknowledge it, then it is more of a scammy illusion type of thing than I had hoped or intended for it to be.
Welcome to any and all readers. So many of you have had times when your life when you live someplace and then have to or choose to move away. In some cases people move back to a place they used to live. Sometimes people visit and of course there are times when people just get out and never even try to go back.
Everything changes and we all know that, but sometimes we notice it a lot when we go to an old place and we find that it is not that anymore, or we are not like we used to be or others are not the way they used to be.
Lately, I’m experiencing that kind of thing.
The setting of The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead http://sbpra.com/miriampia/ is Indianapolis. Like every city, for everyone who lives in the city, that would mean the reader would have that in common with the characters in the story.
So many people nowadays post information online at various locations. I read something somewhere about people giggling over comments they have written or posted. I think another lady wrote it.
Mainly, what I’m getting at is that in my own case I think some of that stems from the confusion about whether or not I’ve been read. Until or unless people send me feedback, determining whether or not anyone has read something I have written is almost as challenging as a form of divination. Was just that I thought about something that I wrote, or was it that one person read it and gave it a little bit of thought, or tens or even hundreds of people read it and all gave it a moment of thought?
Being a writer by trade, much as I strove to have a day job in a different field – I tried to become a woman working as a philosophy teacher at a university somewhere, and even tried convenient store management as another alternative…as a writer getting read and having people willingly buy stuff I wrote and reading it and really really liking it ….Liking it the way people love a good read or a great movie…is the other half of the reality of writing…Reading.
Have you ever read me? At the moment, there are an unspecified number of people who have, but do not know it was me, because there is no byline – ghostwritten. Do I look like a ghost to you? There is also a little bit of work I have actually authored: wouldn’t that be nice? To have what I have authored bought, and sold and me getting paid and readers loving it and liking it and some people even respecting me or even some fans.
Damyanti Biswas is an author, blogger, animal-lover, spiritualist. Her work is represented by Ed Wilson from the Johnson & Alcock agency. When not pottering about with her plants or her aquariums, you can find her nose deep in a book, or baking up a storm.