TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG
When I mentioned that I was going to start a blog, one of my friends chimed in with, “Welcome to 2004!” He’s right – I’m way behind the times. I don’t own an iPod or a smart-phone or any number of gadgets that others consider indispensible. And, frankly, I don’t care. My cell phone takes and makes calls. My camera takes pictures. The stereo in my car and home, as well as my computer, play music. I still like CDs instead of Mp3 files – I like to look at the liner notes and the packaging. I have an iPad, which was a gift, and I read eBooks, but I still buy real books ten times more frequently than eBooks. If I love an eBook, I immediately buy the real book so it can sit on my shelves. Hell, I still love vinyl records!
But why not blog? I’m a writer, after all, and blogging seems completely natural for a writer…right? For a long time my answer has been no. I spend so much time writing fiction, editing fiction, and keeping up with my connections on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention answering emails, that I didn’t think my voice needed another outlet. I wasn’t even sure I could find the time.
But here I am. Here I am…
Why am I here?
Let me try to answer. I’ve made a lot of great connections over the last year, and several of those people, who have been very kind to me with blog features and guest posts, have asked me if they could be on my blog. And I’ve always had to say no, not because I didn’t want to reciprocate their kindness, but because I didn’t have a flippin’ blog. So here’s my long overdue answer…my blog.
Will I fall in love with this blog? Maybe. Will I sell more books? I hope so. Will I make more connections? Again, I hope so. Despite all those motivations, I want my blog to be something…worth reading. If I amplify the voices I love, I’ll keep blogging. If I get bored or feel that my blog is no longer doing something interesting, I’ll nuke this experiment in a heartbeat.
So here are the ground rules. This is not a review site, though I will occasionally post a review of something I love. This is not a blind-feature site. I will feature authors and filmmakers and anyone else I deem amazing, but I’m not going to feature authors and books I haven’t read. You can offer me copies of your books for review, and I’ll take ‘em – I love free books! – but I can’t promise that I’ll read them quickly.
Now it’s time to whet your appetites. My first official feature will be an interview with author and filmmaker Eric Shapiro. Eric is a brilliant artist and a wonderful friend, and my interview with him will run next week. We’ll break some news here, and we’ll have tons of fun. Hope you tune in, dear friends.