Which reminded me of one of the most basic things I've discovered on my blogging journey.
Blogging is great. It's fun, it connects us with fantastic people, it provides a great opportunity for writing practice. And there are very definite rules on doing it well (Catherine Ryan Howard writes brilliantly about this in her book Self-Printed).
But beyond the basic rules (Do Not Be A Pain In The Arse, Do Not Complain About People, Act Like A Professional), blogging is about finding your own place in the madness. There are millions of blogs out there. Speaking purely from memory, it seems that about two-thirds of them are written by unpublished/aspiring writers. There is only way to be one of those bloggers and not go completely nuts - that is to decide what you want from blogging and go after it, without worrying about what everyone else is doing.
Don't do a blogfest because everyone else is - decide if you want to do it. Don't blog about your querying process if you don't feel comfortable making it public. Your blog is your space. Use it as you want to.
With that in mind, I may consider turning my entire blog into a fansite about Cadbury's chocolate. I'm having one of those weeks where no Creme Egg in Dublin is safe. . . .
Since I was yakking about the A-Z Challenge last Friday, it's only fair to provide a sign-up link now that the challenge is open for registration. You can register at any of these fab blogs:
Cruising Altitude (DL Hammons)
Tossing It Out (Arlee Bird)
Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas)
Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh)
Life is Good (Tina Downey)
Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons)
Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins)
The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence)
The QQQE (Matthew MacNish)
Author Elizabeth Mueller (Elizabeth Mueller)
Pearson Report (Jenny Pearson)
No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow)
Breakthrough Blogs (Stephen Tremp)Coming Down the Mountain (Karen Jones Gowen)