So this weekend, in between entertaining my in-laws, my sister was moving.
While hauling boxes up and down the stairs in the grey drizzle, I started thinking about what to do with this blog. Between school and finishing up a new book and editing one for submission, I need to cut down on the number of posts per week. After the stalker scare last October, I’d moved to a new blog so I could throw up pictures of my family events and private happenings. Writer friends warned me that publishing my rough short stories on my blog could hurt my chances of finding an agent and making it into the big five, or make new fans feel like I wasn’t serious. In addition, the blog world is changing. People aren’t interested in reading serial stories. Most people go nuts over the food posts, which makes sense because most of you are food bloggers. But food isn’t the main part of my life. I don’t mind occasionally posting a photo and recipe, but I like to tell stories. It’s what I do. I just don’t want to take on the promotional duties of creating a new e-zine when I feel there’s no interest. Although the trend is for writers to market themselves, I don’t feel like that’s the right thing to do. Instead of telling you how great I am, I’d rather show you and hire someone else to fire off press releases.
Image from Allie Brosh
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been giggling a lot over the posts on Allie Brosh’s blog Hyperbole and a Half. Even though I’m about three years behind, which on the Internet is an eternity, I love the way she mixes her wry storytelling style with intentionally awkward illustrations. So then it hit me.
Why not do a post three times a week of illustrated stories? I paint and I can have all sorts of fun with painting apps and Picasa. All I want to do is tell stories anyway. Then, much like my buddy Erica does (her blog is private so I can’t link), I could put stuff up on Hill Country Princess that I don’t want the Internet sites at large viewing, like stories I’m working on for class or publication or personal family photos.
What do you think, Invisible Friends? Should we resurrect the Pond?
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