You know when you see people every day and they ask you, “What’s new?” and it’s nice but really, what could have happened in the typical Last 24 Hours? Welcome to blogging.
This blog, you may have noticed, is a peculiar hodgepodge of anecdotes, photos, music links, and anything else that comes to mind. Like most blogs, really, but I picture my Ideal Reader growing baffled on a first visit and promptly departing. So thinking hat, thinking hat*… Is there a way to organize the hodgepodge into something at least superficially comprehensible?
To begin with, I’d like to post every weekday. Reasons why:
1. Writers like having readers. We think of them as IMAGINARY FRIENDS. Sometimes at parties I’ll casually mention that I recently had a pleasant wordless interaction with a stat-identified person in Alaska. Alaska, the partygoers say, quietly impressed.
2. I enjoy it.
3. My doctor says that regularity is one of the hallmarks of chronic good health.
4. You know this blog is partly a social-media marketing tool for my novels, right? I’m unashamed to admit this because I’ve spent, and continue to spend, great swaths of time in hardworking solitude and don’t have any trouble changing hats** to trumpet a thing that took me over a year to finish. If you object to self-promotion, just buy a few copies of my book next March and I’ll leave you alone.
So regularity, yes, and a logical structure to guide the way. I’m going to assign a particular subject to each weekday, so people who want to read about writing can show up on Thursday, and people who want to read about pumpkins can show up on Tuesday, and the whole matter of sensibly tagging my posts will be a breeze.
Here’s the schedule, starting next week:
M: Exercise/Nutrition (My Fitness Successes, Failures)
T: Home Life (DIY, Pumpkin Growing, etc.)
W: Colonial America (A Hearty Stew of 17th-Century Awesomeness)
Th: Writing (Things I’m Reading, Novel Updates)
F: Junk Drawer (Links, Anecdotes, Etc)
* Mine has stars on it.
** My other one is rigged with Christmas lights.