I write blog posts. Okay, not very consistently, I admit, but I do write blog posts when the mood strikes me (a few times a month, so it seems). Some posts are about the business side of writing, some are about the creative side of writing, and others are about zombies... because zombies are cool and we simply can NOT have enough blog posts about them. We simply can not.
Where I've become a hypocrite with the whole blog process, is that I rarely tend to read blogs by other people. Horrible, huh? I used to. I used to devour blog posts like a hungry... zombie (<---I did not plan that pun, it just sort of happened. I would ask for your forgiveness, but I'm rather pleased with myself).
So what happened? What changed? Where I used to read dozens of blog posts a day, I now read maybe... zero a week. Every week. Yeah, zero.
I think a couple of things happened that made me a non-blog reader:
The first was that I used to follow hundreds of blogs. Seriously, hundreds. That's just too much, especially for a girl who has no organizational skills to file the blogs in any sort of logical way. I click FOLLOW, and that's about the extent of my organization. The second thing that happened, was that GOOGLE READER went away. It's gone. I'm sure they replaced it with something, but I have no idea what. I never looked into it. I was just like, "So now what?" And then I started playing Candy Crush (the devil's game, for those of you who may not be familiar). So all those blogs I had one time followed are now gone.
Thirdly, I've become a lot busier. I have deadlines to meet that just a few years ago, I didn't have. I used to have a lot of freedom. Not so much anymore. My time is limited (I shouldn't even be writing this blog. I have stuff to do. Stuff my publisher is waiting on me to finish... Shhh, don't tell him).
But the thing I've realized by no longer reading blogs is that I miss out on being part of the writing community--the "in-the-tenches-writing-community". I LOVED learning from other writers as well as watching their progress and success. I miss that. I miss that a lot. I'd like to delve back in, albeit, slowly. No hundreds of blogs for me, but more than zero would be a good start.
If you have a blog, whether it is a writing blog, author blog, or review blog, please leave a comment below with your link. If you know of a blog that you love or that has been helpful to you, leave that link as well. I'd love to check it out. If you know a way to organize these blogs--how to view and find them easily--please share that as well. I could use the organizational help.
This is my first step back into blog reading, and my attempt to not be a hypocrite. I can't be a blog writer and not a blog reader... it just doesn't seem right.