A Whole New Blog

May 2nd, 2010

So . . . my friend/fan/fellow writer Rachel has prodded me into facing the truth: I’ve become a horrible blogger.  I haven’t posted anything new in days weeks months.  And the last few posts were cribbed from my other blog where I still post regularly because my partner (who does 80 percent of the writing anyway) knows that the best way to get me to feel guilty is to be really nice and patient and understanding.

Anyway, Rachel has shown me I need a new attitude toward this whole blogging thing.  I’ve been too focused on making a statement, too essay-ish.  It’s my magazine background: I feel like every post has to have a whole thesis with a beginning, middle and end.

But that’s outdated!  I need to get with the times.  (And I realize that simply saying”get with the times” dates me horribly.)  From now on, I’m not going to be an essayist.  I’m going to be a BLOGGER: someone who drops by her blog to post a few lines here and there.  I just saw that my idol Robin Hobb (LOVE her!) has a blog where most entries are probably less than two hundred words.  I could do worse than emulate someone who sells as many (wonderful) books as Hobb.

So here’s to a whole new me.  And stay posted: I’m going to be telling you all about my new novel If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, which is already available for pre-order from Amazon (but won’t actually be released until early September).  I’m also finishing up a YA novel that will be out the following summer–

But I’m over 200 words!  The new, improved, SUCCINCT Claire is going to stop now.  Oh, but first a photo (new, improved Claire has photos).   

So . . . what do you think?  Shorter and more frequent posts?  Is this the way to go?  Your input, as always, is invaluable.

  • dlafave says:

    It is still better than mine, I am so new at this whole blog thing I have no idea where to start so I really enjoyed reading your. Keep up the good work. Dlafave

    • Claire says:

      Seems like the trick is to just start writing and see where it takes you. I’ve had a blog for a long time name and I STILL don’t know what I’m doing! I guess the goal is to have fun and see if you can create a community.

  • Irene Dawn says:

    Claire, you write it, I’ll always look forward to reading it!

  • Ann says:

    Hah. My kids tell me that if I spend more than 15 minutes writing my blog posts, I have lost the spirit of blogging. But the sad fact is that I don’t do ANYTHING in less than 15 minutes – write a blog entry, poop, find my glasses, do long division, add a new contact to my gmail address book, or reconcile the “sell by” date on my Fage yogurt with what my nose tells me is true. So, arise, you (us) essayist bloggers. We have nothing to lose but our readership.
    Oh, wait.

  • rachelhamm says:

    You know, I feel like a horrible blog follower now that it took me EIGHT whole days to see that you posted something new! And you mentioned ME! I’m seriously cheesing hard core right now. You may have to come and pry the smile off my face. I may just have to use the phrase “Claire LaZebnik’s friend/fan/fellow writer” as my signature from now on! I don’t feel like a fellow writer yet, but with this shout out, I think I may be closer! Okay enough exclamation points. I can’t wait to read the new blog post.

    Thanks Claire!

    • Claire says:

      You seriously inspired me, Rachel. And thanks to you, more people are reading the blog! Hooray.

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  • rachelhamm says:

    awwww thanks! but seriously, I enjoy the heck out of your writing so I think if more people are reading it’s because they’ve discovered how fantabulous you are, too!

  • Romi says:

    Found you via Rachel, and I have to say, that to blog as you’re feeling and living and going along with the times, is a great way to do it! Just let it be..organic 🙂

  • Joy says:

    I hopped over from Rachel’s blog too. IMO short and sweet works for blog posts. Who has time to read an epistle anyway? 😀

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