I'm sorry, I'm about to break the taboo of trash-talking the blogging community again. I suspect that after I did this at the start of A-to-Z in April, I limited the number of people who were going to frequent Scouring Monk (though I must again give thanks to everyone who did become a reader, and who has made comments since then).
The problem I have is that it's a bit of a shadow play. The idea I've gotten in recent months is that the blogging community is supposed to support each other. It's why everyone seems to be touting everyone else's newly published works. Everyone wins when everyone works together! But the impression I get is that most of this is done solely in driving traffic to the blog talking about that work, rather than active interest in supporting each other. I guess I can be labeled a cynic.
Take Michael Abayomi, for instance. For eight days he's been waiting to get someone, anyone, to donate to his ambitious project of getting a six-book fantasy series published. He's willing to be patient about it, pragmatic (and maybe that's a key difference between us), but in the meantime he gets visitors to his blog and still no donations. I would expect at least one of those visitors to donate, especially when he has on average a dozen comments to his posts and some fifty subscribed readers. Now, I know from experience that subscribing to a blog does not mean that you are actively interested in that blog. During A-to-Z I got a lot of people to subscribe to my blog, and as a matter of courtesy I subscribed to theirs as well, and I assumed at least their interest was a little less superficial than that. Yet I get more regular business strictly from the blogs I regularly comment on than the readers who theoretically came because they just liked what I was doing. That's a little messed up. Maybe it's because it's a little hard to tell exactly what I'm trying to accomplish here and it seems like everyone else has a pretty strict focus?
Anyway, I like Michael, and I love what he's trying to accomplish. The only reason I haven't donated is because I'm not in the best financial situation right now. Maybe that's true for everyone, and maybe I'm overreacting by calling bull on the whole blogging community, taking away the lighthearted camaraderie that exists and the sense of support. But it just seems as if "sense of support" and "actual support" mean two different things, and to me that's a little screwy. Maybe it's that everyone seems to be in the business of promoting their own starter careers, and to get any support you have to at least pretend to support everyone else. I'm likely going to be CreateSpacing a book of short stories, and I can say right now that I don't expect much benefit to publicizing it here, so this may be the only reference you read about it.
Again, that's just my current thought process. Michael, I really do wish your campaign starts turning a corner.