Blogging and publicity–again

So I read an article in my Family Foundations today, talking about making money from home, and how one woman’s blog has become a good source of income from ads.


It’s been a while since I obsessed about how to publicize this website & blog. I guess it’s time. They say you need links to get read…and you get links by reading and commenting on other people’s blogs. Generally speaking, my reaction to that is, “Where the heck am I going to find time to do THAT? I think WRITING is more important!”


Today, however, I’m stuck on polishing my novel opening, I’ve finished taking notes on the first book I’m reading to research my new novel, and I got up at 4:30 a.m. to change Julianna’s overpowering diaper and never got back to sleep. So I decided: today’s my day. Last time, I tried writer’s blogs. This time? Mommy blogs. Clap the hands, rub them together, let’s go find some blogs to comment on.


Blog number one inspired me with nothing to say.


Blog number two did, but I couldn’t find a place to post a comment. I did find a “tell us what you think” link, but that put me into Outlook, and whatever my other qualifications in life, I cannot use Outlook. Two weeks ago, I dug around in Outlook and found every email I’d ever sent from Outlook, still sitting in an “Outbox.” No wonder nobody ever wrote back.


Blogs three through ten: see Blog number one.


Blog eleven: finally, finally found two posts I could comment on with some semblance of intelligence.


Okay, so that was one hour of dubious productivity. We’ll see if I see any sort of spike! I have my doubts.


From my informal scan of “mommy blogs” today, I find that I have very little in common with most of the moms who are blogging. On either side of the political/philosophical divide. Many of them sound angry, or else they’re trying to shock you into reading. Which seems to work, considering these blogs get huge, huge followings. If that’s what it takes to get a widely-read blog, thanks, but I’ll pass. I’ll allow this to be a way to keep my friends and family in the loop, and to Journal more articulately and quickly than by hand.


Besides, I watch my stats. Posts like this one are not the ones that people come to read. My hits are far higher when I have something of substance to say—like the last post on pictures of Julianna.