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In which i’m not sure what to do

 

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 …

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28 Comments

  1. Cyndi
    August 30, 2012

    Wow! You made me realize something that I never thought about before. When I click on a post and find it’s written by a guest, I never read it. I don’t ever read your “amuse me” posts. I guess when I open your post, I want to read something you’ve written, not something written by somebody else. I’m interested in what you write and think you’re funny. I don’t have any extra time or patience to accept any new blogs. It’s called tough love!

    • Lynn
      August 30, 2012

      hahaha…great comment. Tough love

  2. Kelly
    August 30, 2012

    Maybe have it as a bi-weekly or once a month thing & see how that works?
    Just a thought….
    Love you- no matter what or when you post! :)
    xo

    • Lynn
      August 30, 2012

      good idea…just gotta get through this period (no posts written at all) and then we shall see

  3. Mayor Gia
    August 30, 2012

    I think you should do it as often as you feel like… no pressure to make sure its once a week or x times a month. It’s weird that someone criticized you for it – guest blogging as all about mutually beneficial relationships, no? Readers of the guest blogger will come to your site to read his or her work, and the guest blogger gets exposed to all your readers in exchange.
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  4. Lori
    August 30, 2012

    I have been reading your post for about 3 months now, and right away book marked it as one of my must-reads before I start my day of work. I so appreciate your humor, honesty, and sharing. Like most people, it makes me feel better about my life to know that others are going through similar trials and tribulations, but YOU especially are a joy because you help remind me to keep some levity in the mix. I’ve enjoyed your guest posts, but sometimes “resent” them because I’d really rather read your words! :-) I think it’s great that all you talented bloggers are willing to help connect each other with new readers, but agree that maybe 1-2 a month would be fine. Whatever you decide, just know that there are tons of people who appreciate you and are looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

    • Lynn
      August 30, 2012

      thanks for this comment…i might reread it every time i feel like quitting

  5. Janet
    August 30, 2012

    I skip the Thursday “Amuse Me” – I am only interested in your posts. Thanks for asking! :)

    • Lynn
      August 30, 2012

      thanks for letting me know

  6. Faith.The Blond.
    August 30, 2012

    Lynn,

    I do sometimes read the posts. But honestly only one has made me want to follow them. The others, eh, not so much, or not for any length of time.

  7. Gerri
    August 30, 2012

    I read your blog because it’s usually funny and I love hearing about your family. However, IT’S YOUR BLOG! You should do whatever makes YOU happy. I don’t have a blog, but from what I understand a lot of people use it as a catharsis. If people skip certain posts, so what. I don’t understand why people have to criticize a blog…if you don’t like it, don’t read it! I guess haters are gonna hate…

  8. cathy procton
    August 30, 2012

    Yes, I agree, usually go to your blog to see how things are going with you and the family, although occasionally read the guest and find them quite funny. What’s the harm in reaching out in a networking sort of fashion with other bloggers. Doesn’t cost you anything and gives you a break.

  9. Cathy
    August 30, 2012

    Ditto . . .

  10. Name *
    August 30, 2012

    Yeah what Lori and Cyndi said!! I so love reading what you write and I too usually skip Thursdays. I also believe you should do what you want.

  11. Jennifer June
    August 30, 2012

    I read them, and some of the guests you have are inspiring and hilarious.
    In the end, it’s your platform though, so do what works for you. Your readers are loyal either way.
    :)

  12. mara
    August 30, 2012

    Seriously, I think you should do what you are comfortable with, and what makes you happy. This blog is your baby. Go rogue. No rules. Just go for it. Write what you feel, have a guest post, don’t have a guest post, review a book don’t review a book. Since when do you follow any kind of schedule anyways?

  13. Annie
    August 30, 2012

    Hi Lynn, I actually look forward to Thursdays, but I think it can be a lot of work for you. I tried having guest bloggers on my site, but found that it was a lot of work! Personally, I would like to see some book reviews. Bottom line, whatever you want. As the others have said, it’s your blog and you have to feel good about it. All I know is I appreciate your posts and I did have a lot of fun guesting for you once.
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  14. Melissa
    August 30, 2012

    I absolutely love your blog, and, if I don’t have time to read it daily, I make sure and catch up on all of the ones I missed. I’m not a blogger myself, but enjoy reading others,especially if they’re humorous (like yours!). I have actually enjoyed your “amuse me” Thursdays, and have been turned on to some other great bloggers through them. While I don’t think you should feel pressure to do it every week, it might be nice for you to use it if you need a break every now and then. Yours is one of the few blogs I can come to and know I’ll get a new post on a daily basis – and laugh (big plus!). So, THANKS for that :)

  15. Julie
    August 30, 2012

    After commenting yesterday about the treatment plan for my teeth I really think you should be more worried about me than the Thursday post. Seriously.
    OK, as for”Go Ahead, Amuse Me”, I read them altho often not to the end because they don’t hold my interest. As many have said, it’s your blog. Do whatever the hell you want ~ just keep me laughing with the tales of your wonderful, wacky family.

  16. Rich D
    August 30, 2012

    I’m not a blogger and frankly I do not recall how I happened upon your blog some 18 months ago. I follow several blogs and really am not looking for more so I rarely read guest blogs. I guess I pretty much agree with Cyndi.

  17. Jester Queen
    August 30, 2012

    Personal testimony.
    I would have never heard of your blog if Missy from Literal Mom hadn’t amused you. I followed her post here and latched on like a limpet. I’ve connected with Dylan Lynn Calista (whose name I probably just misspelled), too. So, yeah, I enjoy it. And shit, I bet I’d love your book reviews every time.

  18. Liz D
    August 30, 2012

    I usually appreciate your “Amuse Me” posts and have even started following some of those writers. Some weren’t for me and that’s okay. I also wouldn’t mind reading book reviews, as I follow multiple book blogs, too. I appreciate when the reviewer is honest about if they’ve liked the book or not.
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  19. jeri
    August 30, 2012

    Hi Lynn, I read your blog because YOU amuse me. It stands to reason that what amuses you might also amuse me. (I think I found you in the first place because you amused someone else who shared one of your posts, but I don’t really remember.) Anyway, if someone sends you something you think we’ll like, I’m willing to give it a shot. But you shouldn’t feel obligated to feature other people just because you had the guest post idea. It’s your blog, you can change your mind whenever you want. More importantly, you shouldn’t feel obligated to post for us if it’s going to endanger your health. Give your body a chance to heal; we’ll still be here, waiting for your unique view of the everyday. You have to take care of you and yours first. No hurries, no worries.

  20. Walt
    September 1, 2012

    I skip the guest bloggers and only read your post.

  21. Do what you want. I read your blog because I enjoy your posts. I also have been known to enjoy the guest posts. I don’t think bloggers should feel forced to follow a set schedule or to keep something up for longer than they want. I say, blog when you want, and throw in a “Go Ahead, Amuse Me” when you want. Be funny when you want and be serious when you want. I enjoy your humor, but also like the posts in which we see a different side of you.

    • Lynn
      September 4, 2012

      thanks for that :))

  22. Meridith
    September 6, 2012

    Personally I really enjoy Go Ahead, Amuse Me! I have begun following some of the bloggers on my Google Reader. Which brings me to a question, can bloggers see those of us who subscribe through Google Reader?

    • Lynn
      September 6, 2012

      I have no idea. I can see my feeds but don’t know what they include. Thanks for answering.

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