This blog is not for the light-hearted or easily offended. If either one of those descriptions applies to you, i would suggest you start drinking before you read this blog. A sense of humor is suggested. If you don't have one that sucks for you … find one and get a life!
I can’t really decide what to do about “go ahead, amuse me” that I have on Thursdays. When I began it, somebody told me that I was doing it for “me” and I asked her what she meant. She told me that “I was doing it to expand my readership” which was a revelation to me.
I did it at the beginning because I was curious what “constituted humor” to people. I had discovered that what I personally thought was funny often wasn’t appreciated and that things that I didn’t think were funny were often lauded as hilarious. It made me wonder what type of reactions I would get. So I decided I would take one day a week to see what people thought of other writers.
I haven’t spent much time drumming up guest posts and lately I thought I would have to quit it, as I hadn’t received many submissions. I don’t see where it’s done much for my personal readership and I haven’t followed up with any of the guest posts to find out if it did anything for them either.
I don’t have a big blog and for a while, I thought that perhaps I should put some effort into it. This Keely crisis however, has made me realize that the readers I have are intensely loyal and supportive and you know what? That’s way more important to me. They have really bucked me up when I felt like quitting and told me that they care not only for me, but also for my family.
I’ve decided that I’m happy with that which is why I find some of the emails I get to be so interesting. One such email, that I received yesterday, explained why my blog was such a good fit for this person. They wanted me to put up a post by them so they could basically advertise their novel.
Now I’m going to tell them that they can put in an excerpt for a “go ahead, amuse me” post but these types of emails confound me. I mean, what’s in it for me? Why would I just want to be part of a promotion like that? You would think that they would send me an email that by promoting them I’m also promoting me but these emails are never like that.
It makes me realize how many zillions of emails a week that someone like the Bloggess must get. Why I myself wrote her an email early on explaining how she could be of help to me. Of course, my email was fucking hilarious and I actually came right out and offered to ride her coattails. I explained that I was lazy and why would I start from scratch when I could just be a hanger-oner. This felt very real and honest to me.
I’d actually prefer that. If someone sent me an email like that, I’d print the whole damn thing probably. If your email can make me laugh then it’s funny enough to print. But the type I get are more like would you like to promote me and my book and/or blog. I’m curious why they think I’d like to do that.
I was doing some book reviews and I really enjoyed that until I realized that sometimes I didn’t really like the book. Now, I don’t mind writing a review when I find the book interesting or fun or even when I don’t agree with what they said and it makes me thing. What I don’t like is just saying, “I didn’t really like this book.” The only way you could really be an effective reviewer is if you can say the bad stuff.
I’m sort of a live and let live person so I really don’t like to put down other peoples efforts. So basically, I can’t do that.
So, what do you guys think? Do you like “go ahead, amuse me” or would you prefer I bag it. Should I do the random book reviews? Any comments out there? Don’t worry, I’ll still do what I like but I always like to know what people do and don’t like.
Let me know …