Last week was my 52nd post on this blog, which means I've done it once a week for a year. I didn't make special note of it then, because I thought I might have to miss this week, due to the shoulder surgery I just had a couple of days ago. But hey, lookie! Blog post 53.
(The operation was a success, according to the doc. I'll be able to judge for myself after a bit more time & rehab. Am able to type this through the slight haze of post-op meds, so my poor Dragon is staying in his lonely lair for now…)
I launched this blog in honor of the release of You've Got a Book in You, wanting to focus on zestful writing and zestful living. Being somewhat reserved by nature, I haven't done a lot of gut-spilling, but have been more—clinical, I guess, in my postings. But it seems that bloggers who write in depth about personal things connect better with their readers. It also seems that bloggers who are willing to make enemies do well at connecting, because you can be provocative by being critical of someone else or someone else's ideas, you can start a little war, you can try to get your Twitter followers to gang up on their Twitter followers…
[These kids are zestfully blowing their own horns. Photo by ES.]
Because let's be honest: Conflict and negativity can really be fun, especially if you're looking on from the sidelines. "Let's you and him fight, OK?"
I don't think I can do that, but I do want to make this blog more personal. Because I've found when I'm talking in person to aspiring writers OR readers of my fiction, their eyes invariably light up and they enjoy it when I veer away from the script (where I talk about ideas and techniques) and get specific about my own experiences and opinions.
How do you feel when reading someone's blog, or writing your own blog? Do you find that juiciness results in more intimacy? How does it work for you?
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