So I started this blog a long time ago after attending a conference - I think it might been the WFC in Austin - where authors recommended keeping an active blog, because it was the easiest way to have changing content and would attract readers back to your website. So I decided to give it a try.
I didn't really expect to have a readership: my thoughts were to show activity for anyone who stumbled by. I confess, I hadn't really thought about networking ... I was content to have my little corner of busy-bee-ness. Last year, as my New Year's resolution (sort of), I started my Thursday Thoughts series of commentary.
Recently, I started getting more regular comments on my blog (hi, Aubrie!) and connected with someone I'd known from Pern fandom well over a decade ago (hi, Phoebe!). Then I picked up more followers (hi, folks!) ... and responding to their comments and commenting on their posts is becoming a fun new habit.
I have a very small number of followers compared to most, but all of a sudden I have my toe in this blog social water, and it's way more fun than I expected. Lots of the folks I'm following have great, thoughtful posts and entertaining discussions. And I'm getting fairly regular responses to my own content.
To me? Y'all will laugh, but it feels a little like the Twilight Zone. (The original, not the one with sparkly vampires.) I'm a hermit, and I never expected folks to notice my little nook out here. That said, you're all welcome: pull up a chair, sit down, and try not to make too much fun of my ruddy terrible social skills. ;-)