Happy weekend! Though most of mine will be spent inside if at all possible.
Got a few things to let my few but loyal readers know about. I am joining a blog Campaign. It is an effort to link other bloggers and writers together to build a support group. Writing can be a very solitary profession, especially if you live in a smaller town like I do. I have to admit, I get jealous sometimes when writers report from their group meetings. I wish I had someone I could meet with, even just once a month, to get face to face feedback on my writers. My online critiquers have been fantastic and the best people I could ask for.
If you’re interested in joining or just checking the blog to see what it’s all about, go to http://rachaelharrie.blogspot.com/2011/08/and-so-campaign-begins-plus-campaigner.html and check it out.
Campaign lasts from Aug. 22 through Oct. 31. If you’re interested in joining, you must sign up before August 31st. Here are the scheduled challenges. This is the first time I’ve done this, so it should be very interesting and I’ll keep you posted here on the blog.
- First Campaigner Challenge – Monday, September 5
- Second Campaigner Challenge – Thursday, September 22
- Third Campaigner Challenge – Monday, October 17
Second thing. I’ve been thinking about the responses I get to blog posts. I can see people are reading, but so few are commenting. I wonder, is this the norm? To have maybe an eighth of my readers comment? Or does it have something to do with the structure of the comment section? So, for the next few weeks, I’m leaving it open. Comments will appear without approval first. Depending on what happens will affect how I proceed from here.
Here’s a third thing. I want to say thanks to all those who are reading the blog posts. I will admit, trying to keep up with this, my manuscript, keeping up with other writers and working full time is a challenge. I’m essentially working a second job without getting paid for it! I can hear some of you say, well, you decided to do it. Yes I did, and I’m glad I did. In the last year, I have met some of the most amazing people. People I never would have met if I hadn’t decided to do this writing thing and take it seriously.
I hope I can help other writers at least half as much as the people I’ve met have helped me. I’m learning that writers are some of the most sharing, talented people out there. And I appreciate them.
So…go forth and comment. I would love to see my readership increase and would love to hear what you think about the blog. Also, which posts have interested you the most? Writing, Murphy, Renaissance or the random ones that really have nothing to do with anything?
Hope everyone affected by Hurricane Irene weathers the storm safely. For the rest of you in the US, stay cool.
Final thought. Drove by a church (one of many) on my way to work the other day. Sign out front said “Those of you are praying for bright, sunny days; please stop.” Tells you just how bad we need the rain here in Texas.