Thursday, 1 April 2010

Message from the gods...


If they do come through, then they come in mysterious ways. On Tuesday, I was at the Society of Authors for a talk about blogging, given byRhiannon Lassiter and Mary Hoffman (seen here with me on the left - photo c/o Helena Pielichaty, who was chairing the meeting). The talk was entitled To Blog or Not to Blog - the worse thing you can do is to half do it - I was in the front row looking shifty. The message was encouraging rather than daunting and I went away feeling suitably chastised for having a blog and not keeping it up (or keeping it up fitfully and from the guilty looks about - I'm not alone in this) but also energised, determined to do better. Then I got a message from my publisher saying that they had nominated me for a blog award at: http://www.completelynovel.com/author-blog-awards . My first reaction was, 'you've got to be joking!' there are real bloggers out there - like Mary and Rhiannon and Helena - go to their sites, look them up. They are proper bloggers - I'm not - but you can't be unnominated, apparently, so my next thought was maybe it is message from whoever the god of the internet may be (my money is on Hermes). A message to me to keep it up and now's a good time. I've got a book coming out on Monday and some visits lined up, so I should have something to blog about. Even if I stand no chance of winning (that's a given) at least I can have a go and take on board what Rhiannon and Mary taught me - blogging and following other people's blogs - can be fascinating fun.

3 comments:

Becky said...

Hi Celia,
As a reader, I love following author blogs. It is fascinating to see in an insight into the day to day lives of writers so please give the whole blogging thing a shot. It would be great if you could list all the signings you've got coming up. I know there is one at Cambridge Wordfest but I wondered if there are any others?
Happy blogging!
Becky

Helena Pielichaty said...

Glad to see you used the photo Celia!

claires inner world said...

Glad to see you have your enthusiasm for blogging back again!! (And congrats on the publication of The Fools Girl.) I find that my posting levels wax and wane on a fairly consistent pattern, but I agree that the worst thing is to half do it. I have found that since I have been posting regularly my followers leave comments and the whole thing becomes more interactive and fun!