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Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Lost Art of Blogging

I used to write blogs all the time, and they used to be so much fun. I was reading through old blogs tonight, and its just weird to see the way things have changed. I don't know why my blogs less frequent & less fun, but they definitely have.

Even in reading my newer blocs, I feel like something is missing. They're much less random & rambling. They're more quick to the point, and I daresay a big cagey.

I can't complete account for the change except that I know I know I don't like blotting as much as I used to. I feel more defensively. Every time I blog or tweet or speak, its an opportunity for people to point out my faults in someway. Its crazy how much people on the interwebs love to tell each other they're wrong.

I digress. I just want to get back to blogging more and talking about all the irrelevant things that interest me.

So I am going to make a concerted effort to do just that. I will be blogging more and my blogs will be filled with more nonsense and fun. So cheers to that!

52 comments:

  1. You could even turn the comments off of posts that you're writing just for *you*. That will keep the people at bay, keep you a tiny bit farther from their critical eye, and give you a chance to blog for yourself. Because really, that's one of the things blogging is for.

    Good luck!

    Sadey

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    1. are you going to write a 3rd book

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  2. I love going back and reading my old posts, and I did go back and read some of your old posts a while ago when I started following you and I loved how random you were, it was great!

    I look forward to more posts from you, hopefully they'll be fun and full of nonsense! Just do what makes you happy! ♥

    -Joseph
    www.josepheastwood.com

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  3. I know what you mean - I now have one blog where I support authors - which is more pro - and two other blogs which are just for me really. Where I am a bit daft and could care less. :) Blogging is best when its got the authors true voice there somewhere, I think. Their personality. And if someone picks on something of yours to slag off, well then they're possibly a little lacking in that department? I imagine people get jealous of your success, which is a shame. But I hope you try to ignore that as much as possible. Life is full of so much more than such irrelevancies. :) X

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  4. Good for you! I agree with Joseph above: do what makes you happy. Besides we all love the "random & rambling." Not everything needs to be a forum to take a stance... sometimes ya just gotta ruminate on the wonders of a Shamrock Shake.
    This is the first time I have posted to any of your blog's, but I have been enjoying them for a year or so... since that article in the Star Trib. Keep it up! (By the way Shamrock Shakes are wonderful!)
    Michael Almich

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  5. I'm new at blogging and at first did not know what to write about. I didn't want to write about the trilogy I'm working on because I had seen how cruel people can be to new writers. Someone suggested that I write about my adventures with the grandkids which I've started doing. Even though my book is a dark supernatural romance, my blogs are funny and people enjoy reading them. I'm a grandmother so I can say this to you, "I'm proud of you. You followed your dream and you've reached the first of many goals." Keep up the good work.

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  6. That's totally understandable. It's easier to write when you think no one's paying attention. Now you gotta watch everything you say cuz you know lurkers are just waiting to strike.

    By the way, I am sooooo hooked on Southland thanks to you.

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  7. Yes! Please, please do. I like the above suggestion to turn off comments, maybe that will help. Either way, haters gonna hate, which is incredibly unfortunate, but I do love to read your random musings on all manner of topics. I also just want to say that I think you are awesomely brave to keep putting yourself out there, in spite of the knowledge that (douchey) people (with nothing better to do) will pounce on you and turn up their noses at you and say petty things and all the rest of it. That takes cojones, seriously. Brava. Looking forward to random rambleys in the future.

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  8. Just be yourself, who cares what others think. Just know that you have more fans than you do haters and we all love you for the way you are.

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  9. I had to take a break from blogging and tweeting because I was getting REALLY tired of people telling me I'm doing it all wrong. It's my area of the Bloggerverse, as well as my area of the Twitterverse . . . so, that whole thing confuses me. I posted an "I'm taking a break" message on my blog yesterday, and I stopped the frequent tweets the day before. So, I know where you're coming from with all of this.

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  10. Random acts of blogged nonsense are always welcomed. When it becomes scripted, or "cagey" as you mentioned, not so much fun. There are already too many moments of seriousness in our lives. I've found the great thing about blogs is the complete randomness of thoughts posted by their authors.

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  11. Of course you could not publish posts that could be commented on or simply turn off the commenting option. Another solution would be to suggest not reading the comments if they bother you, but that's a toughie. This leads us into the conversation of freewill or as evidence shows: that it's an illusion.

    Let's assume that freewill is an illusion and that every person's action is simply a consequence that is determined by prior causes and effects. We then may think of others and even ourselves a little more forgivingly. Negative hurtful comments are just simply individuals who are impulsively and instinctively reacting to different stimuli (many are unconscious) and barfing up a comment. In many cases the commenter is just displacing their internal pain onto the easiest closest target (the comment section of your post).

    Good luck, whatever you or the universe chooses for you. ;-)

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  12. Just say to yourself (softly so no one can hear you): "Screw the people. I am the people.*

    Really does wonders.

    Good luck with getting your blogging mojo back. :-)

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  13. Well your life has changed. Your a traditional author now and have more on your plate. When you get more used to things your blogs will be like before.

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  14. Understandable; you're much more high-profile than you were before. On the other hand, consider all that you've accomplished that your haters haven't. And then giggle.

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  15. I love random rambling! Cant wait to read the new blogs that should be more like the old ones (not that the current ones are bad).

    Makayla A. <3

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  16. Hooray! Randomness and rambling!

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  17. The blogosphere should be a place where you can let your hair down amongst friends. If anyone has a problem with you doing that, it's nothing but sour grapes. Do whatcha want to do.

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  18. You're still blogging more than I do. I need to get off my butt and do some blogging, and try to start building a fan base before I release my first story.

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  19. Hello,

    I was just surfing random authors and blogs and came across yours here. I imagine your life has changed in many ways and that may make blogging a little hazy at times. But it is Spring, and inspiration is all around.

    Please remember that professional (and unprofessional, as the case may be) resentment is part of any writer's life and/or success...a sort of hazard of the occupation. You earned your success with storytelling in a way readers have responded to. Embrace that and grow as a writer. I'm sure you have heard such advice before, but it bears repeating.

    Story is the only thing that counts. Don't let anyone take the heart of that away from you. There is no real right or wrong. Again, grow as a writer and to those detractors, well, simply thank them for their subjectivity if you've a mind to it and keep on being the best you can be.

    I'm not a reader nor writer of YA, so have not kept up with the news regarding the genre and successes thereof, only kind of dimly aware. I wish you the best in your chosen field and again, keep growing and best wishes.

    ~Myna

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  20. Don't let the meanies get you down. Just focus on your own internal strengths, live life your way and ignore the idiots. If you pretend really hard that they're not there. Then they aren't.
    People who chose/live to point out the faults of others never look in the mirror. They fill up their inner vacancies with gotchas' because they really have nothing of value to fill themselves up with. If they had compassion, they could help someone or something. If they had grace, they would not do what they do. So they comment on the internet with faux brilliance so they can pat themselves on the back and play simple, foolish games with one another and accomplish absolutely nothing.
    Take breaks and carry on. You're great.

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  21. Tip: Turn off the comments. It makes you care less about what others think of what you think.

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  22. It must be hard to find time to blog while writing books and doing all the things you have to do. But I think you're in a class of your own in that you really do strive to be authentic in who you are. I love that. And I've had fun following your success for awhile. I still get thrilled seeing the Trylle book on the bookshelf in Barnes and Noble!!! I bought the actual books for my daughter b/c she wanted one in her hand unlike mine on the kindle. I wonder when more will come out like that in the bookstore. Regardless of whatever the naysayers may say, you're awesome and always will be!!!! And so is that roommate you talk about all the time. LOve those stories too!

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  23. Internet has changed.

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  24. Ah, screw 'em, Amanda. The fun of blogging is writing about random crap and making it interesting. I love rambling on about things that amused me when I was a kid and what a laugh it is being a dad, and try to avoid anything about books and writing.
    I suppose it comes down to why you blog. If it's for you then who cares what everyone says--there'll always be some muppet who tries to drag you down, especially as you're a bit of a 'celeb' now. If you are blogging for others then I suppose its like writing--you have to tailor what you say a lot more and roll with the 'critics.'
    Look fwd to the rambles!

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  25. You're successful. The people trying to knock you down aren't. What they say might still hurt, but they've got their own strange agenda. Pity them. They can't see that if they took some of that energy and turned it towards something useful, then they might be successful too. If you've got the time, then blog. If you haven't, then don't. Do what makes YOU happy, Amanda.

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  26. Amanda, I LOVE your blog. Yes, I've read two of your novels and enjoyed them both very much, but what I really like about you is your BLOG. I like reading about you. I like hearing your thoughts and opinions. Unfortunately, people LOVE to give 'advice' or say rude things. The internet is a mask people can hide behind and feel secure when they say things to bring a person down.

    My advice:
    Tell yourself these people are well-meaning and try to take something from their comments, if possible. Otherwise, dismiss.
    BE YOURSELF. Please. I've been missing your blogs!

    <3, b

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  27. You've become very successful, and it's well deserved- reading your old blog posts, I saw that you have (and still do) work very hard to get where you are and continue growing. Unfortunately, the more successful and well-known you become, the more naysayers and down-putters will come. Often, people criticize others who work hard to achieve their dreams because those naysayers don't have the confidence to go for their dreams. When they say "You're wrong, you're terrible" or whatever, they're really saying "I can't do what you're doing, and I'm jealous, so I'm going to try to bring you down to boost myself up a little."

    Keep doing what you're doing, because you're doing it well. In writing, there isn't a clearly defined right and wrong; everyone does it a little differently. What you're doing is working, and it's working fantastically. Be you; no one else can be Amanda Hocking but you. Besides, you have a lot more people who love and support your work and what you're doing than people who dislike it. And those that dislike it don't have a solid reason to.

    Write what you want to write, and there will be people who want to read it- I guarantee it. :)

    If you ever need a little inspiration, check out the video of Will Smith on this post: http://smoberhansley.blogspot.com/2012/03/creating-opportunities.html

    And check read the section labeled "Everyone tells me I can't do what it is I want to do" on this post:
    http://smoberhansley.blogspot.com/2012/02/go-get-job.html

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  28. I chatted with a media specialist recently who told me to blog about what I like, what I hate, what I think I might like, what I'm pretty sure I hate, blog, blog, just blog. People will read becuase they are interested. Ignore the critism, just call it a side effect of fame. :)

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  29. When will Wisdom be released on amazon as an e book? I have the first 3 on my kindle fire and I'm upset Bc I cant get wisdom.

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  30. Yay! I missed the old you :) Your life has def changed but you are AMAZING no matter what anyone says. You just have to take in what they say and keep pushing forward. You know you are amazing (at least I hope you do)! But really when I first heard about you and found this blog I loved it, I checked multiple times a day for a new blog! I can't wait to see what you come up with next ;) You are def random but I love it!!

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  31. Forget people...I love your randomness...and creativity. Dont let other people determine what you blog about. ITs bloGGING..!!!Is there really a right way of doing it? No...thats the great part of writing. Theres no wrong way to it. Keep doing what you do best and forget about the haters and critics....u got a FAN HERE!!!and alot of people believe in you. Everyone else can Go KICK ROCKS!!!!!

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  32. Forget people...I love your randomness...and creativity. Dont let other people determine what you blog about. ITs bloGGING..!!!Is there really a right way of doing it? No...thats the great part of writing. Theres no wrong way to it. Keep doing what you do best and forget about the haters and critics....u got a FAN HERE!!!and alot of people believe in you. Everyone else can Go KICK ROCKS!!!!!

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  33. Good for you Amanda! Random Rocks! And why worry about what everyone else thinks, remember why we write in the first place..it's fills a need for us or people we love that we write for. Gotta be comfortable in your own skin girl, no one else can do it for you. Cheers, look forward to reading more Random blogs! xx

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  34. You are an inspiration to so many people of all ages including myself a High School teacher. :) You did not let fear get in the way of pursing your dreams! I hate that people try to tear down others, and you have even shared how you came about your success. You were open about all the hard work and emotional ups and downs that went into working a job and writing when you could have been sleeping, that is dedication! It takes about 50 positives to undo one negative in our minds/hearts so I say delete the critics and read the positive posts from your fans again and again and be true to you!

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  35. It takes time to become comfortable with a blog. Sometimes it takes a long time. I found your blog because I'm a published author who is going indie for the first time and I'm freaking out about it...lol. I don't know what to expect. I'm doing it because I want control over my own work.

    But I do know what it's like to have haters bash me. It's not fun. But you just get past it after a while and concentrate on your readers. They are the only ones who really count.

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  36. I tend to do a little personal journaling where I don't have to worry about anyone reading it or getting onto me about whether or not I used the proper version of "there" or "your" or if I put the comma in the right place. I also don't have to worry about being politically correct or putting my foot in my mouth. Then, once all those emotional things are out, I can be a little more clean in my blog. Though, I haven't kept a personal blog in a long time (basically since I published, because, like you, I didn't want people to be able to use it against me). Now, though, I worry about those same things for my video game blog. I'm constantly afraid I'm going to say something wrong or get sued by some major developer because I think their game is a piece of crap and I won't fawn over it like some reviewers are paid to do. Unfortunately, it's the world we live in and we have to develop a tough skin to live in it. Good luck, though. I really do hope you find your blogging voice again.

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  37. Hi Amanda,

    You are am absolute inspiration to all Indie writers.
    My friend and I have just self published our first novel in what we hope is a long series. We would love for you to check it out. It is in the fantasy/adventure genre. We spent 4 years writing the first installment and as you obviously know, its a tough road. Please check it out. If you ever do and have any comments our email is raven.corp@yahoo.com.au. Thanks for listening.

    We have just been advised that ‘The Ravens of Attylan’ is now available on Kindle!
    Great news for all of you eBook readers.
    The link to go straight to the Kindle store is
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Ravens-of-Attylan-ebook/dp/B007N5BCKC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332505831&sr=1-1

    Please send us any reviews or comments you may have to raven.corp@yahoo.com.au

    Thanks team

    Aj and Aaron

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  38. Hello Amanda,

    Can you recommend any particular book reviewers for my new publication?

    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/144157

    Thank you,

    Robert

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  39. Hi Amanda,

    Will you show us the original covers for your books or were they always the same?

    You've probably heard this a few hundred thousand times, but thanks for being an inspiration to many unpublished writers.
    :)

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  40. I just want to take a second to encourage you to keep being you, no matter what other people say or how they may criticize you. I enjoy your work and your personality shines through in your blogs. I think that is what is most important and what has made you successful thus far. Sadly, if you met these people that are so hard on you I doubt you would be very impressed. It is very easy to criticize someone across the internet. You are an inspiration and I am a fan.

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  41. Stay focused on your great body of work. Do not let the haters derail your plans. Thanks for your works

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  43. try to focus more on the people who enjoy your work and enjoy your interaction with them through blogs. Ignore the critics.

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  46. Just be YOU, hon. Who cares what other people think?! You're perfectly imperfect the way you are and we love you for that! <3

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