Thursday, August 29, 2013

Is Anyone Out There?

Okay, this blog has been neglected. Mea culpa on that. I don't think anyone really needs to hear much that I have to say. I can't see myself promoting a blog like I promote my books. Fiction is hard enough to sell, but at least I work VERY HARD on my fiction and think it is worth the amount of money I ask for it. Reading a blog costs nothing and I am hard-pressed to produce a blog post that is even worth the time you take to read it. Asking for a comment? Oy. What kind of a narcissist do I look like?

Yet, here I am, and asking you to comment. I want to know two things: 1) How did you stumble upon this post? 2) How many times did you see a link/notification/whatever before you decided to actually read?

I have a theory. Most people who "subscribe" to a blog (mine or anyone else's) don't have any kind of notification built in and that's the way they like it. They don't mind clicking that subscribe button, because nothing HAPPENS when they do, except maybe seeing their picture show up. A few people do use Blogger's subscription service every day and log in faithfully to see who has posted. They either don't subscribe to very many blogs in the first place, or they subscribe to a lot and then select only the most titillating titles to click and read, depending on time and interest. If you found this through subscription, I'd like to know how you manage subscriptions in actual practice. Just because I'm curious.

Do you want to hear something "personal", something more than my stupid blog theory? Um, okay. I check the Kindle Worlds homepage at least three times a day now. I was merely checking once a day until I saw the newest addition, Kurt Vonnegut. That's a name with respect and clout. And it was RECENT, meaning Amazon is not stopping with the short (obscure-to-me) list they started with. It gives me hope. If you have to ask why I check this list, you probably don't know me. Clue: Look on the sidebar or click here. It has to do with impossible dreams. And I am nothing if not a dreamer.


  1. I got this by email, this time. I'll have to make sure I have you in Feedly, too. :)

    1. I didn't know the email thing still worked since the RSS thing stopped. That's cool. I'm amazed.

  2. I subscribed because I *want* to know when you post. I got this post as an email notification, and I always read your posts. But I like you. I can't speak for anyone else.

    1. Wow. I'm already amazed that two people saw it within 24 hours. I still don't think the supposed 22 "subscribers" are all really subscribed in the sense that they see my blog with any kind of regularity, but since I haven't posted with any kind of regularity, I suppose that's only fair. I think I should use this blog more or take it down. We'll see if I can do it.

      Thanks for the comment, Robynn!


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