I Need Your Words

I Need Your Words

I’m no longer sure who it is I’m writing this blog for.

That sounds like the start of a rant or a complaint that no one reads my posts and on the contrary – I am very blessed with around 115 followers at the present time, and frequently receive plenty of lovely comments on my posts. However, you’re not the same people who were following me when I started.

When I started, I had approximately two followers, people who knew me from elsewhere. They were both friends of mine and other writers. I knew that my posts would make them laugh and I tailored them to their tastes.

Then as time went on, I began to gain a small following of people who were mostly writers themselves, or people who knew me from elsewhere. So I talked about my writing and what was happening and I ranted, and I’d post random excerpts and stuff because at that stage, the idea of copyright or spoilers wasn’t a problem because publication was a ‘maybe-in-10-years’ concept.

More time passed, and I joined the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain and suddenly, a bunch of writers started hanging out over here. Some teens, some adults.

Do you see the theme here? Writing. Writers were following me.

But I’ve become increasingly aware that recently, my demographic has opened up to include people of a wider age range and with different interests. I’m not sure if what you’re looking for is ‘how I write’ posts, or whether you’re waiting patiently to read my book and would appreciate hints but not spoilers, or whether you’re here for the analyses of Doctor Who.

I don’t have a blog schedule, and I tend to write whatever post comes into my mind. But I don’t want to write a post that is only interesting to two people who follow me because, if I’m honest, it would be less effort just to talk to them on Skype. I want to write posts that you all like, posts that will spark off discussion between more than just my five most regular commenters.

So this is a genuine plea – if you read this blog, comment on this post. Seriously. Please do it. Comment with topics I’ve written about that interest you or particular posts you liked or things I haven’t talked about, but you’d like to hear from me on them.

I’m not writing this blog for myself, I’m writing it for you guys. My readers. So I need to know what you like in order to make it better.

I’ll just reiterate my plea, because I’m the kind of person who always ignores posts like these and things ‘someone else will comment’. No one else is going to comment. If you have something to say, please say it.

Pretty please with batteries and infinite Lokis on top….

64 thoughts on “I Need Your Words

  1. Batteries and adorable gods of mischief? Who am I to say no. And how could I resist a chance to comment anyway.
    Funnily enough, I was contemplating a post like this myself before I realised how boring I would make it. The way I see it, almost everything you write here is vaguely writing and / or storyline, plot, technique, message, whatever, related. Writing blogs don’t have to be totally about writing. People like to know you have interests and such too. I don’t know if you follow Megg Jensen’s blog, but she does bits of personal stuff too. But it’s all relevant, and it all has a purpose (even if it is just to brighten someone’s day).

    I’d say you’re doing fantastically. If you don’t feel writerly enough, maybe give us an extract, or a progress report, or maybe even views on editing or querying. Whatever you like.

    Besides, no better way than to show followers how awesome you are than by sharing bits and pieces of your own interests. Especially if they come in geeky forms ;)

    1. So you like me to write about writing but also about my own interests? Okay. Are there any particular topics (anything from analysing DW to the nitty-gritty of how I’m editing at present) you’d like me to cover in the near future? All my Long Thinky Posts have used up all my ideas. (see sidebar – I’ve been linking them. Ehehe!)

      1. Bahaha, whatever occurs to you! No point ME trying to hammer out blog posts for you. As you have no schedule you have so much room to be spontaneous, and just do as you like. That’s what I’d do. Whatever’s on your mind, or made you think, or made you laugh, or whatever. Literally, whatever.
        Whatever you like.

          1. Fine! Why not more myth posts – you know a lot about those. Favourite books, as if that wasn’t obvious enough. Other TV shows you like, why not? JUST STUFF LIKE THAT DON’T PRESSURISE ME! xD

    1. You’re alive! I seriously thought you might have died, what with not being online for, like, three months.
      St Mall’s is … going slowly. What with editing and school, it’s been a wee bit neglected. But as I should finish my current editing tomorrow or Sunday at the absolute latest, I was going to spend a good couple of weeks expending my writing time on it, and discussing with Charley, and that should give it a good boost. It’s nearing the end which I think is why we’re finding it so hard to work on.

  2. Hmmmm.

    “Besides, no better way than to show followers how awesome you are than by sharing bits and pieces of your own interests. Especially if they come in geeky forms ;)”

    I second that. I’m probably not being much help because what I really love about your blog is the mix of topics. Ummm… I guess… oh, I don’t know. Even when you write about something that I don’t know about/understand/like, it’s cool anyway because I love your writing style.

    1. That’s good to know… I figured that you and Charley and some of the others liked the mix because you always comment. It’s the people who never comment whose interests I just don’t know. Are they not commenting because they have nothing to say, or because they’re not interested in my post? O.o

  3. I try once more to leave a comment and merely second Spook, erm Charley’s (sorry just came from Protagonize) sentaments.

    *crosses fingers hoping post goes through*
    Wordpress hates either me (cause I’m not blogging with them) or my work computer.. *le sigh*

  4. Well, I came found your blog via Miriam Forster’s blog, so clearly I’m interested in writing. But like others who’ve commented so far, I enjoy the variety of your posts. I am a fantasy / science fiction fan (although I don’t watch Dr. Who), so I’m always happy to read posts about those things. I’m also a musician, actor, and dancer, so I like hearing about your experiences there.

    Some of my favorite posts you’ve written recently: Let Them Read, Failure Doesn’t Happen, and Imagination is Key.

    Basically, keep doing what you’ve been doing – it’s good stuff. :)

    1. I noticed!
      Erm. I dunno. I did mine ages ago and they keep changing the layout. Find the ‘customise channel’ button? Seriously, though, it keeps changing. I can barely work it these days.

  5. As an answer to your question, I like pretty much anything you write, so just keep writing. Although, I do adore your writing/reading posts, so keep a good steady stream of those to appease me. :P

  6. I’ve been reading your blog for a while (okay, maybe three-four months) and I’m really sorry I haven’t commented thus far. I’m really bad at it! :)

    I followed you because I took a real interest into your posts about how you wrote, how your story was doing and such. I love the posts where you update us on your writing struggles, because it gives me something to relate to, as I’m a writer and I tend to get stuck a lot.

    I really like this blog and I read every post. A few of them are the highlights of my day when I get home and read through everyone’s blog posts. :D

  7. I don’t have anything to say. But since you said please, I will give a short llama-related stream of consciousness

    Llamas…I’m kind of hungry…llamas…I don’t actually have a clear idea what a stream of consciousness is…llamas…I should probably be typing my essay right now…I wonder when lunch will be….should I take the dogs out? Nah…llamas….llamas…

  8. Some questions for you…

    1. I was going to get some Maggie Stiefvater books at the library, but then I wondered if there is one I should read first? Or does she not write series?

    2. Loki’s from The Avengers, right? Was that around before the movie as, like, a comic or something? Sorry if this is a stupid question. But it seems like quite a few people are obsessed with the movie. :P

    3. Do you think a normal camera (i.e. not video camera – I mean, it can take video but it’s really meant for photos) would have a good audio function for videos? I want to put a few videos on my YouTube channel and I should figure out if I need to borrow a camera.

    4. Aren’t I annoying, bothering you with questions?

    5. Why do I ask so many questions?

    6. Why am I still typing this?

    xD You don’t have to answer the last three.

    1. Read Lament by Maggie first, then Ballad. That’s a good series although book three hasn’t come out yet.
      The Avengers originate from Marvel comics. They were popular before but it was a brilliant movie so now they are famous.
      My YouTube videos are all made on a compact digital camera which happens to have HD video. Quality of video on still cameras varies hugely between cameras so it really depends which one you’ve got.
      I’ve forgotten if you had any other questions as I’m typing this on my phone. If so, I’ll reply to those in a minute. Ehehe.

      1. She said she’s pretty sure there are no tests specifically for US applicants – there are only entrance tests for subjects that always have them, or for Oxford and Cambridge, I think. So your grades and stuff, it’s just dependent on your reference from your teacher. But she’s not 100% certain.

      2. Alright! Thanks, Miriam’s mom! Hopefully the colleges would still look at me even though I’m homeschooled. US colleges are generally OK with homeschoolers, but I’m not sure if they are in other countries. So thanks again!

        1. I’ve no idea about that, I have to say! I know people who are homeschooled, but they still have British qualifications, so obviously it’s different. Good luck working it out, anyway. One thing to bear in mind is the fact there are no scholarships for international students, so it would cost you quite a lot to study over here.

      3. Yeah, I knew it would cost a lot. That’s why I have a job… >.>

        But I thought there were scholarships for international students. I found some websites that said there were, but I don’t know if maybe they don’t have those anymore?

        1. Hmm, probably depends on the university, then. It may be there are ability-based scholarships, just not the ordinary funding UK students get. But I don’t know. It all depends on the individual university.

    1. Thanks, that’s very helpful :) I was planning to do a few more writing posts, following the responses I’ve received, so that’s good :)

      I’ll check out the blog party; not making any promises, though, ehehe.

  9. Hey, Miriam *waves* I don’t know whether you really know me, but I’m here for the writing side of things as a teen writer myself. I am mostly drawn to posts that mix school/life and writing, the ones that give insight into your progress towards your goals, as it’s those which I can relate to- and steal ideas from!- the most. However, I also enjoy most of your posts anyway.
    Alex :D

    1. I have noticed you around :D So I know you as well as any of my readers (except perhaps Charley and Cathryn who have lived inside my brain for three years, ehehe).
      Thanks for commenting; I’ll bear that in mind. I was intending to write an update on my current projects / goals for the near future post anyway, so it’s good to know someone would find it interesting.

      1. Ah, well I’m pretty insignificant as people go, so I didn’t want to be too presumptuous on that point. They’ve lived inside your brain for three years? Dare I ask? :P
        It’s my nosy instinct, tehe.

        1. They’ve known me three years; endured every blog post I’ve ever written, pretty much; read and critiqued several of my novels; put up with my brain splat; and generally been awesome.

      2. *Gets warm and fuzzy feeling all over*

        We live outside of her head as well, but as Miriam Charley and I have not yet met in real life, sometimes it seems we’re helpful figments of our own imagination. :}

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