I have been trying to read other blogs recently. I do this for four reasons:
1. To find something amusing. I mostly read to be entertained, in print and online.
2. To learn something about writing and/or the increasingly baffling (to me at least) world of publishing.
3. Because I think it's polite to check out the blogs of anyone who bothers to read and comment on the drivel I spew forth on this blog.
4. Because if I comment on another blog, that increases the chances that someone will read my fabulous comment, wonder about the fabulous mind behind the fabulous comment, and visit my (fabulous) blog.
Now there is something that must be said. In my travels across this great electronic landscape known as the Webosphere, I have come across a disturbing trend. Some of my fellow bloggers, most of whom claim to be writers, are doing very little actual writing on their blogs.
I understand the excuses. I have and will use these same excuses myself. Too little time, nothing to say, I was tired, and my personal favorite because it's just dripping with manure, "I've been too busy with my writing to blog much."
Come on folks. You are writers. The least you could do is write a little something a couple of times a week. And if you really do have nothing to say, or you really are too busy, or you really are on vacation, or even (ahem) you really are so into your current WIP that you just don't have the time, inclination, or creative fuel left to blog, then please, for the love of all that is holy and just, do not involve yourself in The YouTube Post.
Don't get me wrong. I like YouTube. There's some funny stuff on there. I don't even mind coming across YouTube videos on the blogs I read (although I rarely click them). But it is not, and I repeat, especially if you're a writer, cool to go a whole week posting nothing but YouTube videos and offering absolutely no commentary other than something lame like, "Check this out. It's funny" or the ubiquitous "You can thank me later."
You are writers. Act like it.
Yeah. This is how I roll.
You can all thank me later.