I notice that several of the people who's blog I read also read mine. I am pretty sure not everyone who hits on my blog reads it. I could be wrong about that because every now and then I will get a nice comment from some one who got what I was writing about. I sometimes get comments that make me think they were reading a different blog altogether, but it is nice to know my words can mean different things to different people. And then there are the New Zealand Plumbers.
Someone just went over a million hits and offered a little contest event to celebrate. She did mention that it would be nice if each of those hits was a dollar. I have mentioned it would be good if each of my hits represented a book sale.
I just went to a book promo site and literally begged people to purchase one of my books that was not doing well. I really have no expectations that it will help, but I am beyond being reasonable about that book. It is not my usual fare, but it is a quick little non-fiction read that is fun. I honestly thought it would be a big deal. I have read so many articles about gender issues lately that I almost think I started something.
In a blog that was about giving a certain type of speech to certain audiences and the pros and cons of it, I chose to comment not on speech giving but on the content of the speech (politicizing gender issues). No one commented back but two comments after someone left a comment about gender imprinting that was almost exactly what I had said in my book. That affects me the same way that writing about washing the counters and having someone I know is a reader write about washing counters the next day. Ditto: boys haircuts, pets, serendipity, destructive storms, etc. Sometimes I think it is flattering, but sometimes, when it is really noticeable, I would like a nod. (Yes, Roy. I saw your wonderful reference and link. Have you thought about cloning yourself?)
I have been on what, for lack of a better term, I will call the downside of having interest in this project. I look at my past results and I know exactly what I have to do to duplicate that. It is time-consuming and boring, but it is not difficult and it bears very sweet fruit. Yet, I sit, I mull over the phrasing of a scene in my mind. I know I should write the scene down and then work over it, but I don't. I mull til I fall asleep.
Sometimes I think it would be nice to be noticed, to have people pay attention to what I have to say, but lately, ironically, since I have more blog hits every day than I ever imagined, I kind of don't care. Well, it isn't really that I don't care because I know how I react to nice reviews and good numbers or compliments, (I probably get much more pleasure out of it than it deserves, but I think I already wrote that blog.) but I am wondering what difference does it make. Anything I do, some one else can do, does do, is doing, is maybe even using me for inspiration. I know I never thought I would come up with a game changer so I do not know what is lacking in my approach to the process right now. I do know that I am dying to reunite Maisie and her husband and will play solitaire on my iPhone for an hour and a half to keep myself from doing that.
If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding.
You can't have any pudding if you don't eat your meat.