Writing a blog post is like conversing in a dark room. You’re fairly sure there are others in the room but they so rarely respond that you begin to doubt yourself, wondering, for all the effort you’ve put into your posts or into the look and feel of your blog, if anyone is actually paying any attention.
I know I’m getting traffic on this blog and that traffic has been increasing since my first novel was published in September and I’ve been posting on a more regular basis. Granted probably half that traffic is spammers and they do comment, a lot, but I doubt they actually read the posts they comment on. And, considering the level of grammatical and spelling errors in those comments, I have my doubts as to how many of those spammers actually can read. English, anyway. But that’s another story.
Half the joy of writing, for this writer anyway, is being read. Call me vain, but I long for communication with those who have read my words, whether it be in my novels, short stories or blog posts. I’ve also put a lot of effort into the look and feel of this blog. I feel a blog should be more than just a place to post ones thoughts. It should be, as well, a jumping off point to other sources of information.
So, you can imagine how please I was to receive an email from a teacher, imho the most noblest of careers one could have, informing me that she has been referencing my author birthday pages. She is teaching her kids about finding resource pages to help them with homework and has found my author birthday pages helpful. How cool is that!
Then, and this is one of the things I love most about the Web, she noted a link one of her students had found that directed me to an article about one of my favorite authors, R. L. Stine and his Goosebumps horror fiction book series (and yes, I have read several of them). This is a page I likely would never have come across on my own. It was informative, with many links to additional information, and was a joy to read.
So, I would like to sincerely thank Ms Brookes for her email and Taylor for finding the link.
And Taylor, this ones for you: Classic TV Series and Books: R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. Keep up the good work.