Me: “You mean, it’s like a web-site?”
My husband: “Kind of, but anyone can have one.”
Me: “And people write stories or something?”
My husband: “They can. Or they just write whatever they’re thinking about.”
Me: “And people read this?”
Every time I came to the same conclusion: Why?
Why should I care what some random person wants to blab about? I thought it sounded self-indulgent and… really kind of useless.
(Skip ahead a year or two.)
I started reading children’s literature blogs. I found dozens of intelligent, witty, helpful people out there who were blogging: writers, agents, editors, readers and others who love children’s books. And boy, were my eyes opened! I saw what a blog COULD be. I became like a kid in a blog candy store.
Here is what I discovered about the joys of reading kid-lit blogs:
First, it’s a way to learn. Many people out there are sharing practical, meaty advice on everything from writing a first draft, to managing your flourishing career. (Lists of my favorites coming soon.) There are interviews with agents, sample query letters, publication stories. I could go on and on! I truly feel like the kidlitosphere has been a huge contributor to my writing education.
Second, it’s a way to connect with other writers. This just in: Writing can be lonely! When you read the blogs of other writers you get to see their process and see how they handle things like: revision, first drafts, submissions & rejections. Plus, you get to see that you’re not alone on the writing roller coaster (the agony! the exhilaration! the drudgery! the glee!)
So, this has been the tale of how I transformed from a Blog Cynic into a Blog Lover.