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50th Published Post: So Now What do I Do?

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Sock animal and a C2 doll on my bookshelf.

This is going to be my 50th  published post. Even though this is close to  a post a week for a full year, it appears my first effort launched in September. I received notice of an automatic payment for my URL due in July, so I must have had the blog in mind for awhile before I actually wrote anything.

One of the reasons I started the blog was that I attended the Writing and Yoga Retreat and Linda Epstein, the agent who was one of the two people running the retreat mentioned she checks online presence while she waits for requested material. This made me think, “Oh, maybe I really do need some sort of web page.”  So I bought a URL and then set about learning a bit about setting up a blog site.

Because the manuscript I was hoping to sell at the time  had at least a secondary theme of friendship, and because friendship theory  has always been of great interest to me, I wanted to concentrate on writing about that. In college I did numerous papers on the subject, including my own theory, which I explicated briefly in my novel. I liked the idea of writing about something other than writing,because it seemed presumptuous to think I had something more to say about writing than one of the other 678,9452* other blogs out there addressing writing.

Besides, I’ve always been a bit contrary and wanted to write about something else. Something the rest of the world wasn’t addressing. I googled friendship and found a few websites but nothing that appeared active or addressed the aspects I was interest,ed in.  So I thought I’d be okay.

But like most of my other blog ideas, this one was harder to write about than I thought. I have things to say; the question is, do I want to say them in a potentially public forum where I might be talking about someone who might read the post? It’s in the (remote) realm of possibility.

For awhile, it seemed that everything was saying, “If you write, you need a blog to attract readers.” I took a social media course through the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and it stressed  you needed a place for your fans to find out about you. My thought was, “But I want readers, not fans.” I wasn’t looking for (unlikely) adoration, nor was I looking to become friends via my blog. I mean, I wouldn’t mind meeting  people or even becoming friends, but that wasn’t the main purpose of the blog.

Now I’m seeing more and more articles/blog posts saying that you don’t really need to have a blog, or maybe you don’t need to spend that much time on one. (Here is one about blogging.)  I enjoy coming up with topics, especially linking activities and objects that seem to have little to do with writing to writing. I find blog posting satisfying, if time consuming, and the time it consumes is that in which I should be working on my latest manuscript.

That last is a reason I should stop, but last week I finally had cards made up to hand out to people I meet at conferences and I put this web address on them.

I did manage to write enough columns to have bypassed my previous “record” of four posts, and I do have a second blog which I plan to keep going. The second is a quick weekly challenge that involves eating pancakes, so it has its own reward.

Maybe what I’ll change is the title of this blog. Probably what I should adjust is the focus. Since I am time-limited due to my work schedule, I will have to post this as it is right now and worry about those other changes later–or leave it for Post 51!

Why do you keep blogging? What keeps you from giving up?

*for my very literal readers, this is a made up number and, I hope, an obvious exaggeration.

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What’s in a (Blog) Name?

For the beginning of the year the WordPress.com blog posted a blog about blog names. Both of the examples they used were cute and catchy.  Possibly people wonder why I named my blog Cuisine of Loneliness.

My initial reason was that it was the first thing that came to mind. I wanted something that was general and not necessarily related to writing, and when I was attempting to set this up, that’s what I thought of. I didn’t want to use my name since I seem to have a problem settling on a variation  to use. I like c2 but it is usually too short or taken.

Cuisine of Loneliness seemed like a decent name because it is the current title of a manuscript I’m about ready to circulate. One of the themes in the book is friendship, so I thought I could use the blog to write on that topic. One of my failed blogs (4 entries) was called Reunion Troubles, so I thought I could incorporate an old blog post or two–obviously not more than four–about reunions, and reunions are related to friendships, so I included that as part of my subtitle. And since I’m a writer trying to get more widely published, and since I do have many ideas related to writing, I included writing as another topic. Unfortunately, I’m often better at generating ideas than remembering what they are and expanding on them.

The downside of using Cuisine of Loneliness, especially if the manuscript is never accepted for publication, is that I do have other manuscripts/novels either written or in the works, and how smart is it to link a different title to that of an unpublished novel?

So just as I changed the template that I’m using for my blog as I search for the perfect look, I may at some point change the name of the blog as I again search for the perfect title. I guess I don’t believe in waiting until every word is perfect or every idea is fully developed before plunging in. If I did that, I’d never have anything to show for my efforts.

Another writer friend uses Cryptic Town:Dedicated to Paranormal Fiction for her blog title. Although she may have a novel with that name, it may also be a unifying concept for a series.  Other friends use some variation of their names. the Weird World of B.K. Winstead just sounds good. Caroline Marwitz, Writer seems a little boring to me, but her full title Caroline Marwitz Writes the World is intriguing. Not sure why it shows up as the first on my list of blogs I follow. Other blogs with the author’s name in the title: Aimie K. Runyon: Historical Fiction…One day at a Time. I’d say what most of these posts have in common are good subtitles, or in the case of Caroline, a good full title.

This morning as I was finishing this, I stumbled on another writer friend’s vlog. He used to write a blog called One Word, One Rung, One Day but now that he’s published, he’s changed the title to Bacon,Beer&Books, which fits him.

What makes a blog title enticing to you?

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