Sensitive material on your blog; how not to alienate regular readers

Some of you may have noticed that my blog does not follow a traditional niche.

Nor do I write to a specific target audience.

So it is probably not surprising that this blog has attracted, and welcomed, a global and culturally diverse following. And, most importantly, many of you feel comfortable coming here from across all the continents to express and share your own views and perspectives on whatever topic I blab on about.

How fabulous is that? 🙂

However.

I’ve been thinking about diversifying my content a little bit. 😲

Here’s the preamble of my brain’s inner workings:

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Beagle puppy (mis)adventures

On Sunday it will be two weeks we’ve had a puppy in this house.

I’m happy to report the house-breaking is coming along nicely. We are so lucky the weather is good; I just open the back door and let him out. Then I watch him like a hawk and as soon as he’s done I call him, praise him and give him a treat.

Tucker at 9 weeks.

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Some thoughts about Rilke, writers’ block and creativity

I read a book by Rainer Maria Rilke some time ago called Letters to a Young Poet.

There is a passage that I came across today that I feel the need to share here with you:

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” (Rainer Maria Rilke)

There is much to take from this that is healing and helpful when you are feeling down or anxious, confused or depressed. Continue reading “Some thoughts about Rilke, writers’ block and creativity”

Looking ahead: reflections and gratitude

Announcement

The end of 2020 will mark many endings, and a few new beginnings.

Redirect me to this statement next time I sound exasperated, exhausted, depressed, anxious or confused. (Basically every 15 minutes or so.) 😉

Something’s gotta give. So I’m writing down my master plan, a sort of directional instruction guide.

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Unpublished author: the working life of a writer

I have 2 questions:

  1. Do you know anyone who has a Patreon?
  2. Do you follow/support anyone with a Patreon?

I’m just curious what people like you and me, bloggers who write and engage for the sake of storytelling, think or know about Patreon. Continue reading “Unpublished author: the working life of a writer”

The drama strikes again (but just for a little while)

Every single word I typed had me second guessing yesterday. It was so bad that both major WIPs I worked on I’ve left in draft form.

Nothing got sent. Nothing got finalized. Not even my flash fiction or contest pieces.

Nothing happened, and it took all day. Boo.

I am struggling.

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A nail, a hammer, and a bike ride

So. I have bad news about some pieces I submitted. But, that’s ok. I’m going to get myself a long nail and a hammer, so I can start a collection of rejections. Like Stephen King did. He mentioned this in his book On Writing.

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/848294-by-the-time-i-was-fourteen-the-nail-in-my

 

So far, 2 of my stories I wrote recently were declined, the other 5 still being reviewed, and the rest ongoing.

Wonder what mom would think if I started hammering nails into walls in her house… 😵 Continue reading “A nail, a hammer, and a bike ride”

Online reviews: are they useful, and do you use them?

Yesterday when the menfolk came to visit us girls at my mom’s place, we got into a conversation about online reviews.

Do you read reviews? Continue reading “Online reviews: are they useful, and do you use them?”