I admit this subject has nothing to do with N. I’m coming back from a convention (actually writing this in the hotel on a break), and I have to produce blogs for the entire week for the A to Z Challenge. Blogging is a huge challenge for me. I can produce the words, but they’re not always effective posts. I spent three years posting regularly and getting almost no comments.
Kristian Lamb said my posts lacked emotion. My first reaction was that I didn’t think I could do it. I’m still not sure how I’m that successful at it. It’s hard for me because I see other writers writing blogs on exactly the same subject, even containing the same topics, and they get forty comments, and mine goes flat — and I can’t tell what I’m doing differently!
It’s kind of like socializing at a party. I’m horrible at that. I’m supposed to come up with actual interesting conversation?
It’s even a problem at a party where I know the people. The dynamics and rules change, and I always feel like I’m the person everyone forgot to tell the rules to. The result is that I spend most parties uncomfortable, and sit alone at a table until an acceptable amount of time has passed. Then I can escape, and I’m relieved that I can.
Blogging is different though, because even writers who are seeking professional publication, have to do promotion to attract readers. I can’t be, as Tamara Pierce described in one of her Lady Knight books of Lord Raoul, a “lump in the curtains.” The A to Z Challenge has been particularly a challenge because I’ve come up with a lot of topics — but they’ve felt very superficial. The party version of talking about the weather.
What’s been your experience with blogging? What kind of challenges have you faced?