Taking a break from my NaNo planning posts today. Kind of :) I’m loving the comments that are coming in on them. I’m really not used to getting so many. Usually the only time a decent conversation starts in the comments section of this blog is when I post something potentially controversial and people jump in to get defensive. It’s nice to see comments on something positive for a change.
On my NaNo planning posts I’m seeing as many comments from original fiction authors as from members of fandom. It’s hugely flattering that OF writers are finding something worthwhile at a little old FF authors blog :D
One of the most frustrating things about blogging in fandom is the lack of feedback. Why are we, as a fandom, so reluctant to interact on blogs? There are a shitload of blogs in fandom, and yet there’s so little interaction on them. Sure, most of us do our social stuff on twitter (or forums, though I’m of the opinion that the forum is dead—or should be), and twitter is fantastic, but conversations there have a VERY limited life span. Anything discussed is gone in a matter of hours, or even minutes, depending on how fast the timeline is flowing. Nothing lasts. There’s so much fandom and fic related stuff that would benefit from interaction on blogs and it’s about time blogs were used for something a little more than just fic recs (yes, huge generalisation there, sue me).
So. I challenge you to comment on blogs. I challenge you to blog and to encourage interaction. Let’s talk not just about the latest and greatest fic but about the craft of ficcing. About your insights into the characters. About why you write the way you do. I want to hear about your process and I want you to comment on other authors processes. Subscribe to blogs, either by email or using google reader.
What’s in it for you? You might learn something about the way you write. About the way other authors write. And the more you interact on other blogs, the more people might find what you have to say interesting, and they might click on your name to see what else you have to say…
Comments and interaction is important. We as a fandom are doing the blogging thing wrong. Take a leaf out of original fictions book and write about what you write about. Tell us the process of your fic in a way we are going to care about. Be intelligent, but be you. Don’t be a diva (BNA’s, I’m talking to you). You’re a valuable member of the community, just like the rest of us. I believe everyone has something worthwhile to say.
Say it :D