Well peeps, in about 12 days, I’ll be hitting a milestone birthday –that’s right, I’ll be um – 30. Forget what I said about being 33 last year.
I’m taking a bit of a break from my current WIP, tentatively titled Gunslinger Witch, although my friend Robin says I should be careful it’s not confused with Stephen King’s, The Gunslinger. I told him that was unlikely to happen. I personally was thinking people may confuse it with the anime Gunslinger Girl.
OK, that’s not the subject of this Musing however.
I’m not a big newsletter reader. I am subscribed to a few, mainly informational, genre-specific books or current markets accepting submissions. One of the newsletters I receive is C. Hope Clark’s (You are absolutely fabulous, BTW), Funds for Writers. The topic of her most recent newsletter? How the blog is now passé.
Maybe she’s right. In all the years I’ve had this blog I’ve had some wonderful people stop by and of course I appreciate it but not many at any given time.
On the other hand…
See above. I don’t like a lot of newsletters crowding my in-box and I am very particular about the ones I choose. I know that comes off a bit bougie. My apologies. I had a newsletter a long time ago when I had my published works out and it no more sent people here or to my site than any other social media type. I ended up shutting it down a while ago. Many of the email addresses were gone and no one bothered to let me know.
Also, people unless it’s specifically set up that way, people can’t respond to a newsletter. I wanted to voice my opinion on the subject but there’s no way to do so. Maybe she had some bad experiences with commenters and I certainly can’t blame her for making commenting impossible if that’s the case.
I want to hear from my readers. I want to know their thoughts on various subjects. Of course, that doesn’t mean someone can come on my blog and act like they don’t have any common sense or home training. But I’m always interested in a good discourse.
So of course, I must look into this further.
Now the first things that came up in a search using, the term, “Are blogs passé?” Most articles were from business bloggers who responded with a resounding no. I couldn’t find anything very recent. The first was from 2015. A 2013 New York Times article touching on the removal of several of their blogs, the author asks why and are blogs outdated? She received the usual corporate responses. However, readers were quite vocal about the disappearances and said so.
There was another blog owner who asked himself this question because his readership was dwindling. I give them props because they were doing fan better than I am but they said no matter what they would continue although that last post was March of 2016.
Jane Friedman has a guest blogger write an article back in 2013 on concerning the subject. It was quite interesting. Simon & Schuster apparently requires them. Well, at least they did back then, I doubt that’s changed. The author suggested to an aspiring author to become an editor for a site where she was managing editor. But she also encourages new writers to do so however experienced writers should find larger platforms that they can contribute to if they’re looking to promote their work. Well right at this second, I don’t have that problem.
I tightened my search parameters: “Is the author blog passé/out of date?”
Nothing specific came up. Most of it was either how to work on your blog or the best author blogs. I tried one more time, “Is the blog out of date?” Mainly suggestions on updating blogs and deleting posts came up.
I’d be interested in knowing how Ms. Clark came to that conclusion or was it just personal preference? I of course can only give my opinion which is this – it really depends on the person doing the reading. Blogs are good for people who prefer to get their author news online instead of via email. I can go either way myself.
I wonder how she feels about podcasts?
I’m finding more things that are confusing the you-know-what out of me. Apparently, six-guns and sorcery is now being replaced with gunpowder fantasy. I have to admit it does sound better. I’ve also seen something called latte-lit. Anybody have any idea what it is specifically? Books about coffee? Books you can read with coffee? I thought all books could be read while drinking coffee. I do it all the time.
So of course, we must turn to the internet.
Apparently, I’m not the only one asking this question!
You know an explanation or references would be nice when people make these things up.
The only references I could find were a year-old posting on Agent Query, and it was still anybody’s guess. All of a sudden, I want a latte and it’s after 8:00 PM.
Next thing, the acronym, STEM (or STEAM). From what I gathered, it means books about:
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATH.
When it applies to kids it means books that makes these subjects easy and fun to learn. It would have been nice to have some books like these when I was growing up. But here are some links which discuss the genre and gives examples:
The Educator’s Spin on It:
Teach Beside Me:
What We Do All Day:
13 Cool STEM Books for Kids Who Love Science (and More)
So, what have you seen that is confusing the you-know-what out of you? Comment and I’ll work my magic.
Read my previous blog posting:
With all the Musings, I’ve been writing for the past few weeks you would think this would be easier.
I’m considering letting my work go.
It took me five years to write my work mainly due to life throwing all types of crap at me and I’ve actually gotten some positive feedback not to mention a few requests for full copies. And before this, I had NEVER received requests for full copies. So of course, I realized that I had to be doing something right. The only problem is, so far none of the requests for a full have panned out. I think of the maybe six I’ve been asked for, only one agent has actually responded, although it was a rejection at least I wasn’t left hanging.
Of course, time has passed and IMHO my writing continues to improve or at least I like to think that it has. But any author will tell you when faced with this decision, it fills you with doubt. You wonder, what’s the point of starting something new? Maybe you just can’t write, pure and simple. Then your Muse tells you, “But the industry had shown interest!” But it’s difficult to keep that in your mind when nothing comes of it. It’s sort of like, when an author receives nine five-star review but the tenth review is a one-star. We focus on that one-star review. It drives us insane. We wonder for weeks or months what we did wrong. Which is why I, and many of my fellow writers, concentrate on our writing instead.
And if you’ve read my previous Musings, you will see my comments on current trends in the industry and what types of works are being requested. Not much that I want to write, so it’s hard to decide if I should go into semi-retirement or something like I mentioned before.
I’ve also mentioned while I’ve been hanging out that I have a new idea kicking around in my head but quite frankly, I have no idea if it will fit the current trends. Now of course, the last thing any author wants to do is write to trends. They can end in an instant. It’s just that this particular work, which I thought of long before this whole issue of Afrofuturism came into play, may just fit the trend. Notice I said may. It makes it near impossible to decide.
What can I do?
Well I suppose, write.
Everything else will likely work itself out.