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Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!

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Comment by Lynn Voedisch on August 27, 2009 at 11:23am
I hate to be nosy, but who is your agent? I also do historical fiction and I'm trying to put together a good list for sending out my ms. after Labor Day. I will understand if you'd like to keep it confidential.
Comment by Julianne Douglas on August 27, 2009 at 10:18am
Hi! My name is Julianne Douglas. I have a Ph.D. in French literature and write historical fiction set in Renaissance France. My agent is submitting my first novel to publishers while I work on my second book. On my blog, I post about sixteenth century history and culture as well as historical fiction in general. Please come visit!

Writing the Renaissance

Thank you!
Comment by Allene E. Swienckowski on August 26, 2009 at 8:57pm
Lynn...you are obviously a very nice person....you can either attempt to ignore the people in the peanut gallery or engage them and ask them what they would have written instead. You obviosly have the gift because people are responding to you. Keep on writing and I am certain that one day, perhaps sooner than you imagine, you will earn enough to make up for the grief!
Comment by Lynn Voedisch on August 26, 2009 at 7:56pm
Allene: It's not my kid who's giving me grief. I think he's only complained twice in the 10 or so years I've had the blog. It's the picky, picky adults who don't seem to have anything to do with their time but read blogs and compare notes about what other people are doing. It can drive you batty. I actually got a warning note from one woman today (the one doing the "censoring") today about not writing about people on her mailing list on the Internet. As if she can patrol the entire World Wide Web. And I bet she can, too! Busybodies!
So, the idea of an anonymous blog is appealing, but the idea of doing TWO blogs and where I would find the time to do this is not appealing. I need to think how I would accomplish this.
Comment by Allene E. Swienckowski on August 26, 2009 at 1:20pm
Hang in there Lynn...I am sorry about the people giving you giref! I have been blessed in that my progeny have never given me a hard time writing about them. I don't know why but they seem not to notice. My only suggestion to both Lynn and Cinnamon, only do what works for you. The goal is to honor your voice.
Comment by Lynn Voedisch on August 26, 2009 at 11:45am
Allene: Not THAT many people are reading it, that's the weird thing. Since I am returning after having it go dormant for a while, I've been trying hard to pick up readers. Who knew that the busybodies would be the first ones back. I also had a racist who was right back, but I blocked him right away and I think he thinks I decided to go dormant again.
The family stuff wasn't so bad. I just didn't write about them. But I can't write about the world at large without someone getting upset. And one woman keeps carping that my blog isn't professional if I complain about an agent, because she says agents go on blogs and look for "problem clients." Really? Is it her business? I don't mention these people by name. An anonymous blog would solve all these problems.
Cinnamon, I'm glad to see that someone else has considered it.
Thank goodness my son is grown up, so there's no much mommy venting. Yet, he still complained one day when I was upset about him being hurt by something! You simply can't win!
Comment by Cinnamon Cooper on August 26, 2009 at 11:24am
Lynn, I've also censored myself due to family reading my blog and find myself hesitating to write much of anything personal after finding out co-workers are reading it as well. I've considered doing an anonymous blog and keeping my public-face blog for more "professional" pursuits. It's a struggle to recognize how the world of the internet has changed in the last 8 years, even if what I want from it hasn't changed.
Comment by Veronica Arreola on August 26, 2009 at 10:37am
I always have to remember that a blog is public viewing, so yes, someone is always looking over your shoulder so to speak.

An anon blog would be an excellent way for you to get things out there. Vent. Etc. and not hurt people's feelings. Our world is just way too small, especially when we use our real names, to think we can express ourselves without blow back. Sad, but true.

I stopped a lot of my stereotypical mommy blogging because I didn't want what I was saying to negatively impact my daughter's relationships with friends or her school. She's in a school that is highly identifiable if I said anything about the politics going on. So I feel ya!
Comment by Allene E. Swienckowski on August 26, 2009 at 10:01am
Lynn,
Sincerely, I wish I had your problems.....At least you are getting feedback...albeit negative feedback, but you know that what you write is being read.
Comment by Lynn Voedisch on August 26, 2009 at 9:06am
I'm starting to wonder if perhaps my Internet world is too interwined. After yesterday's event in which someone basically forced me to censor my blog (Takes too long to explain), I'm wondering if I should start afresh anonymously and continue what I'm doing. I'm really sick of people recognizing themselves or friends of friends. I've even had people complain that they recognize the agent I'm talking about, when I haven't used a name. I feel like someone's looking over my shoulder all the time and I don't like it. Does anyone else have this problem?
I could keep the blog with my name for book publicity purposes, but an anonymous blog might be the answer for just getting issues out there.
 

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