I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website!
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk.
When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA about real things that have happened in the past, or made up things that could quite possibly happen in the future.
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics.
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Monday, April 12, 2010
Is There Such a Thing as Blogger’s Block?
When I started blogging back in October, I could write several blog posts ahead of time, two or more weeks worth. Blogging was an exciting and fun venture. I enjoyed trying my hand at non-fiction and I could write whatever I wanted. It was my blog. And besides, no one else was reading it. At least that’s what I told myself.
Eventually, I found a few friends/followers. So cool. People actually wanted to read what I had to say and I liked reading what they had to say. We all had under fifty followers and for a short sweet season we felt like (at least to me) a warm on-line supportive family.
Before too long we all started to gather followers, which, to be honest is really rather exciting. Look, someone else sees me worthy of following.
As we all gained momentum, and because it’s impossible to keep up with that many people on a daily basis, we “lost touch”. I hardly “see” those early blog friends any more.
What started out as a community of supportive friends all on a journey together, turned into something else.
For me it turned into: I need to keep writing interesting stuff, keep my happy voice on and hope they keep coming. All I have to do is follow everyone I can find, comment on everyone’s blog and also comment on everyone's blog who has commented on mine. I just have to keep reading and commenting, reading and commenting…
And the more I read the more I felt like all these bloggers were saying everything I’d like to say…better than I would say it.
I couldn’t find my place anymore. It felt like it became less about what I had to say and what I like to read and more about the numbers.
Yes, the numbers.
Why are numbers so important? Well, as touched on, it feels good to be followed and read—it sort of validates all the time spent blogging.
And, it’s supposed to help with eventual sales, right? Isn’t that why we were told to start blogging in the first place?
But really, how many blog posts can you actually read in a day? In a week? I have over a hundred “followers.” I know that all of them don’t read my posts every day, and there’s no way I can read all of theirs every day, even though I’ve tried.
And even if I had a thousand followers, would that significantly increase my (eventual) book sales? In fact, isn’t it actually the other way around? A book that sells well, brings readers to the blog---fans who have already found your book?
I don’t know. I’m just asking. I’m trying to nail it down. I know that everyone blogs for different reasons and has different expectations from it.
Obviously I spent some time thinking about this and I've come to a decision: I’m going back to the way it was for me in the beginning. I’m going to blog because I feel like I have something I want to say or share, something I want to make record of, even if nobody reads it. I’m going to read/comment on blogs because I feel like reading/commenting on them, and not because I feel like I owe someone for reading/commenting on mine.
I’m saying that you don’t have to read my blog because I read yours. You don’t have to comment on my blog because I commented on yours. Do it if you want to, but not because you feel like you have to.
I don’t mean to come back from my hiatus with a heavy blog. I’m just being honest. The pressure to adhere to certain “blogging expectations” wore me out. Took the fun out of it. I’m betting there are some of you out there that feel the same way.
Or maybe it’s just me?