I just tried to create a blog ever the weekend. I’ve been thinking about a blog for a while and what I’d post on it. Experts say don’t do obvious book selling on it. Use your blog to tell people who you are and give them information they can’t get other place. They’ll become your fans and come back to your blog spot. I agree with the latter part. It’s the former that part I don’t like. Telling people who I am, that’s difficult for me.
I’m normally a private person. Some people would say I’m reserved or that I’m shy. I’m quiet as I watch everything going on around me. I enjoy people watching a great deal. I’ve sat on park benches all day observing kids as they had fun playing or eavesdropped on their parents as they issued orders and dished discipline. It’s nothing for me to occupy a comfortable chair for hours, watching the latest in mall entertainment…shoppers armed with brightly colored bags, strolling through stores or standing outside department store windows filled with buy-me-today stuff.
Writing or should I say publishing my novels or going even further, filling out social media ads for my novels has nearly wrecked my privacy. They want pictures…real pictures of the novelist, meaning me. Site providers and online advertisers ask for my real name and my real address for billing purposes so they say. Meanwhile, I’ve never received a single online invoice snail-mailed to my mailing address. They email everything to me and always will be as long as email is free. Makes me wonder how much more of my privacy I’ll give up to become the writer I want to be. Guess the next logical question is. Is all this camel’s nose under my tent business worth it?
As Arsenio Hall used to say, it makes you wanna say, hmm.