Confession: This isn’t my first blog.
For a year or so I kept a food blog (which my darling husband made me keep completely anonymous in case of recrimination from some angry restaurant owner). I really enjoyed it, but it was just for me. Honestly, I didn’t care if people read it or not. My reviews and musings read more like a love letter to food than a blog. It wasn’t written to anyone except the food, and as we all know, food can’t respond.
Now that I’ve written several novels slated to be published (!) in 2012, I realize that much of what I write from now on might be of interest to other people. Not everyone will be interested in my writing, of course, but someone’s got to care about my life/work/family ramblings, right? And now that I’m writing for others, instead of just for myself, I realize that I have no idea how to go about doing this. My novels – small-town romances set in New England – at first, were just for me, too. But now that they’re going out into the world where (hopefully) lots of people will read them, they’re for others.
Writing confessional-type blogs isn’t my thing. Nor is oversharing or ranting. And I don’t want to write about writing. In a way, that seems too meta, and it’s not something I really think about all the time. When I’m not writing, I’m teaching or spending time with my family or baking or doing something other than thinking about craft. So I thought why not figure out what and how other bloggers are writing about and why.
In order to do this, I’m going to join up with Rachael Harrie’s Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign. I’ve never tried anything like this before, but I hope to accomplish a few things:
(1) Get connected with people in the writing community
(2) Figure out what kind of tone I want to set for my own, personal blog
The Campaign only runs from August 22 through October 31st, so I figure it’s a good chunk of time in which I can get a good feel for what’s out there. If this sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to join up as well. It sounds like a fascinating way to meet similarly-minded folks.