I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to see the response to my first blog in some time. Part of me wondered if the blogging community had moved on and I’d been left on the platform, bags packed but nowhere to go. But no, not at all. I received some great responses from blogging friends old and new. It was great to talk to new folk and re-connect with some old stalwarts who I’ve been engaging with for years.
I felt valued and, as a writer, that’s a very important feeling to have. It’s easy to feel anonymous and ignored on social media. I’m fortunate to have a sizeable following but I still have days where I ask myself why I bothered. You put your heart and soul into your work but there are thousands of others out there doing the same thing. How do you catch the eye of a new reader when the market is so congested?
Between my 9-5 job and writing I’m often worn out at the end of the day. And with very little to show for it. I’m not querying at the moment but I’m about to submit a third manuscript to my publisher as well as juggling several other writing projects. It’s feast or famine when it comes to writing and thankfully, at present, the creative juices are beginning to trickle again. The good days are often few and far between when trying to carve an online niche in the jungle of creative writing.
What I, or any other writer out there, mustn’t do, however, is get so tied up in my old inner universe that I neglect the here and now. Yes, that can be replying promptly to encouraging comments from fellow bloggers but, more importantly, it’s finding time for the people who matter. Our family and friends, people who have supported us since Day 1. It’s pretty hypocritical to complain about being ignored when you are doing all the ignoring.
So, I’ll put it out there, fellow bloggers, authors, and creative types. Do you devote enough time to living in the present? Or do your daydreams take over and drag you off to newly formed worlds and characters? Who are the people who keep you tethered to the ground when your natural inclination is to drift away? Please leave your comments and let’s get a conversation going. Together we can change for the better.