Time to talk shop.
Last August, my literary agent and I pitched a book proposal around and, though we got some interest and even a couple offers, we felt that the time wasn’t right. We pulled the proposal and I set about to write the book in full. I also set about to get my traffic up over 100K pageviews per month. I succeeded at the latter, but not the former. The book didn’t get done, and we’re currently shopping a new — but related — proposal around.
But the blog grew, and it continues to grow. Even lacking a breakaway post, Theoblogy is up every month over the previous month. And, even more gratifyingly, the commentary is voluminous, robust, and respectful.
Blogging is a grind. There’s no two ways about it. With the goal of posting 11 times per week, it never stops. It’s disputed about who first said it, but someone famous once said that the study of history is just “one damned thing after another.” Blogging can feel like that at times. That’s what it’s felt like this weekend, facing another new week with few new ideas.
What’s strange is that last week was a good week. Good posts, and good traffic. Until Friday, when I posted one of my more pathetic answers in the Questions That Haunt series.
I wasn’t feelin’ it, and I should have waited a day or two. But when I don’t answer the QTH on Friday, and we have the kids for the weekend, then it waits till the next Monday. That seems unfair to you as readers, and unfair to my next week. I’ve thought about changing the QTH cycle from Tuesday-Friday to something else, but the present schedule makes the most sense with my own schedule.
Also, it’s hard to write a book when I’m already cranking out about 3,500 words-per-week here on the blog. This blog isn’t a digest of other blogs — I try to post original content every day. And a human being can only generate so much original content in a week. So balancing the content for the blog and the content for a new book is a tricky balancing act. Plus, I also work several part-time jobs (acquisitions editor at sparkhouse, adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University, co-owner of The JoPa Group). Finding time to do the mundane things, like my taxes, seems almost impossible.
In a couple weeks, I’ll be taking a week off. I’ve approached some folks about guest-posting, so I hope that you will keep reading even when I’m away. I’ll take another week off in August. That’s about all I can manage away from the blog per annum without seeing a major drop in readership, which I’d like to avoid. I value the growth here, and I appreciate the value that you put in my writing to come here every week, or every day.
Regarding comments, we tried and failed to install Disqus last week. I don’t know why it didn’t take, but it seems to be a problem with Disqus and their inability to merge my Google-based account into a verified Disqus account. So, while other Patheos bloggers have Disqus, I won’t for the present time. I’m sorry about that — I really think that this blog needs a better commenting system, one that allows for liking particular comments and for better threading. But I’ve been asked by Patheos to back off on that request. They tell me that in a few months, all Patheos blogs will be moving to Disqus, so we can look forward to that. In the meantime, you can now subscribe by email to the comments on a post, so you’ll know if someone adds to the conversation.
Finally, my thanks to you for reading and commenting and sharing and liking and linking and tweeting. I couldn’t (wouldn’t) keep posting if it weren’t for you.