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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Stubborn


Totally unrelated to this post — But look at this massive
frog who lives in my goldfish pond!

That’s me. Stubborn.

Even though it’s hard to find time to blog while I’m adapting to massive changes at school, working on this MG series with 3 books at various stages of development, keeping my family together, and — uh, that other thing I can’t tell you about which may or may not come to fruition — I don’t want to give up blogging.

I was at a book event this weekend, and the other authors were talking about how they never blogged any more — and also that the bloggers who used to promote their books didn’t blog any more. Is blogging on its way out? I hope not! That’s how I met all of you guys!

I used to blog 3 days a week. A year or so ago, I cut back to 2 days. Lately, when I’m stressed (like last week) I just skip. But it’s a slippery slope … and I don’t want to reach a point where I stop altogether.

I’m going to keep posting as much as I can, and make it a point to visit YOUR blogs — as many as I can — over coffee every morning.

One thing I’m giving up is responding to comments by email, unless you ask me a specific question or I have something I’m dying to tell you. I figure you’d rather I visit and comment on YOUR blogs than just acknowledge that you commented on mine. I can’t do both right now.

And I miss you.

16 Responses to Stubborn

  1. I’ve had to cut back, but that’s partly because my target audience has changed. It was so much easier when I was blogging about writing. Now I’m not sure what blogs to comment on, because most won’t care about my posts.

    I’ve noticed a lot fewer people are blogging. And authors are pretty much blogging about their upcoming books. The posts are more for their readers than for their current readers they hope to have one day.

  2. I’m still blogging three days a week, and I found my schedule of promoting books on Fridays and doing my Monday Mishmash each week makes it easier. I really only have to think about Wednesday topics. I don’t want to give up blogging because I’ve met so many great people through it.

  3. There are pros and cons to change, right?

    I think as long as you can find a way to stay somewhat connected, you’re doing awesome. It’s hard, especially when we expect so much from ourselves and want to give back to those bloggers who’ve given so much to us. πŸ™‚

  4. I hope blogging isn’t on its way out. I adore my bloggy friends! But yes, I’ve been on the blogosphere since 2008, and I’ve seen so many people come and go. I probably follow about 300 bloggers who no longer blog. (Maybe I should go clean out my list?)

  5. Tiana Smith says:

    I’ve noticed people blogging less. I, myself, only blog about once a month. I pretty much just blog when I feel like it. I say, do whatever feels right to you!

  6. Pk Hrezo says:

    I’ve wondered this about blogging for awhile now. But I don’t see it going away completely… especially not for writers. I mean, it’s a place where we can BE writers and write, and network with each other. however, I don’t see the benefit to connecting with new readers. I think that’s left to the realms of FB and Twitter.
    I still love blogging tho, and enjoy it for maintaining the writerly relationships I’ve already built.

  7. I’m interrupting my last two hours before picking my in-laws up at the airport to comment.

    Like the others, I still really like blogging and think it’s very valuable. But it is discouraging seeing people come and go so much.

    And I’ve seen authors I followed for years lose their followings once they got published by pretty much not following anyone back and then stopping blogging. I think it’s sad because I still see blogs as the best way to shout out about and get support when you have happy news like book deals and covers, etc.

    I just got on Twitter and am on Facebook and miss so much on both of them because of so many people I follow (not on Twitter yet) and the volume of little posts. And you just can’t say as much on those forums.

    I hope you don’t stop blogging but blog when you can and visit when you can. We understand you’ve got work and deadlines now. You contribute a lot by sharing your expertise and your own publishing process. And I really appreciate it.

  8. J E Oneil says:

    Is it just me or is there always something going on in your goldfish pond?

    Prioritization is always important, and blogging has to come at the bottom of the list. But I’m glad you’re not leaving it behind completely πŸ™‚

  9. With all the stuff you have going on, the fact that you have any time left for blogging makes you a time-squeezing super hero in my book.

  10. Robin says:

    Thank you for making the effort to keep blogging and being a part of the blogsphere even when you’re getting even bigger and more famous-hehe. We’re glad to have you when you can make it and totally understand cutting back your postings.

    Best of luck with all the changes as school, your writing, and family life!

  11. I have definitely cut back on posting but not on visiting – for me the visiting is the best part. I usually only post once per week but I visit every day πŸ™‚

  12. i like blogging, but sometimes life gets in the way. I don’t think blogging is on its way out. I just think people are at different points in their lives and how much time they have to devote to blogging. Blog when you can.

  13. mshatch says:

    I may adopt optimistic’s schedule!

  14. Mina Burrows says:

    I blog when I can. It’s hard but in life there are so many other priorities with family and work. I honestly don’t know how it all gets done. πŸ™

  15. Cynthia says:

    It’s hard to maintain a blog, and I don’t even post as often as many bloggers do. I used to respond to comments on my blog, but I usually don’t do that anymore. Perhaps I should explain that in a future post.

  16. Hi Dianne .. I’ve always been an eclectic blogger, once I settled in with some wonderful followers …

    I hope everyone doesn’t disappear .. and am glad you’re not vanishing into one of those caged graves – though could see why you might – you really do have lots going on ..

    I just enjoy touching sides with blogging friends .. cheers to you – Hilary