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12.07.2006

Spreading Myself Thinner

I'm participating in a new blog with some fellow writer friends, Samantha Hunter, Karen Kendall, and Sarah Mayberry. It's called Love Is An Exploding Cigar, and I predict it's going to be the most phallic-symbol-laced blog on the internet.

Come check it out during those times when The Naked Page is developing cobwebs, or when I post holiday gift guides here that are so lame the only comment is from a spammer.

15 Comments:

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

I checked it out. It's cute. I don't normally read multi-author blogs--not sure why. I think it's because they don't feel as personal to me as the one-author blogs. But I'll try to drop by from time to time!

Cindy

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Tim said...

I'll check it out soon. :-) Take care. :-)

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Tim, you've silent lately. Did you wear yourself out in that NaNoWriMo thing?

 
At 6:16 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Cindy, I am wary of multi-author blogs too, because I tend to connect with a blog author's personality and go there to hear what that particular person is saying. But I think the Cigar blog could defy the odds, because we're all such witty, fabulous people. :-) (Cough, cough...me excluded of course.)

 
At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

BTW, your Anti-Gift Guide was great--I just didn't have time to comment yesterday.

There, you're witty and fabulous again. Happy?

Cindy

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Ah, bless you Cindy. :-)

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

Agree on the multi-author blog, but will check it out from time to time. :-) Also liked the gift guide, but I don't have an editor or agent to not give a gift to. I hear the editor I *want* loves chocolate, though. Which I'll be happy to pile on if given the opportunity!

I have to say, though, big-ass tube-shaped sausages seem appropriate for those of us on the Naked Page. In fact, while shopping today I saw a nicely packaged big-ass sausage gift set and thought of you, Jamie. lol

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Melissa, if you think of me every time you see a sausage for the rest of your life, I guess my work here will have been worthwhile.

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

You know, I've been thinking about the multi-author blog thing. Jamie, you'll have to monitor this over at the exploding cigar. I think maybe the reason I don't get into multi-author blogs is because I'm a writer and not solely a reader. So I'm more interested in the blog writer's personality, or she's a friend and it's easy to stay in contact with her through her blog, etc. More than one writer hosting the blog, and that personal feeling dissipates--FOR ME. The authors' books are more obviously advertised than they are on a personal blog, a lot of the time they write for the same line or publisher, too, so I always feel the multi-author blogs are more about getting in touch with readers than other writers. And that's not a bad thing. That's a good thing! But I do think it's the reason I don't visit them much.

I wonder if readers who aren't also writers prefer the multi-author blogs to the individual ones? Or if it doesn't matter?

Cindy

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I really am not aware enough of the overall blogging community to know if any of the writer blogs attract a purely reader audience. My impression is that most blogs are really just a bunch of writers talking to each other. Do you visit any that are all readers?

I started this blog because I wanted my website to be interactive, to have some kind of content that changes frequently, and to have a place where I could interact with readers and friends more informally than via email.

I'm not likely to visit a blog unless the author of it has a very strong voice that I connect with. I think that's a potential pitfall with group blogs--that there can't be one strong voice if it's lots of different people posting.

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

I find a single-author blog to be a more comfortable place simply because there's a sense of familiarity, at least here where the commenting group is somewhat small. I'll read multi-author pages, but I don't comment because often there's just too much going on, and too many people. It's like meeting with your regular lunch group versus walking into a crowded classroom on the first day of school. With the latter, you just don't know who to talk to, and you don't feel like talking to everybody...

I think having several authors on a site that provides info to readers and/or writers is a great idea. If the blog is going to have guest contributors that would be hard to find elsewhere (I believe I read that Exploding Cigar does), that's definitely good. Articles, insights, information, all good. But if the goal is to form a community of sorts, I go for the smaller groups. Here, I know everyone's name and a little bit about them, and I don't think that would ever happen in a group blog.

Jamie, this seems like an opportune moment for you to blog about blogging. LOL

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Actually that's only part of it... I've been working on other areas of life -- professionally and personally -- lately. Some of it mental... some of it social...

Oh hell... :-)... Might as well come out with a big chunk of it directly. Although I hate to use this phrase, I'm spending some time getting myself mentally and emotionally more ready to pursue someone (although exactly WHOM is TBD) in FAR more than a friend way. And yes, it will include counselling. :-) I do NOT expectorate it will impact my creativity at all as far as writing. :-)

And I actually have visited on an almost daily basis. :-) And I DO read the comments. :-)

As for the NaNoWriMo thing... I'm actually still working on that story. :-) Just at a MUCH slower pace... much to my chagrin. :-S :-) Hope y'all are doing good. :-) Promise I'll post more regularly. :-) Or at least try to.

 
At 6:47 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Hey Melissa, thanks for coming up with my next blog topic. :-)

 
At 6:49 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Aw, Tim, don't worry, you need not feel pressure to post. :-)

Good luck with your personal life goals. Sounds like you are focusing where it matters. In the grand scheme of things, real human interactions are always better than sitting in front of a computer (says she who sits in front of a computer all day). :-)

 
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