Frustration–and a Cry for Help

This blog has long been where I pour out my heart and soul. Sure, I don’t talk much about my life outside of writing, but writing is really the core of who I am and how I live. I write every day, or as close to it as possible. I’ve wanted to be a professional writer since I was eight years old, and I’ve never stopped pushing for that dream. Instead, I’ve fit the rest of my life around my writing, trying desperately to keep it from conquering my writing time, with varying amounts of success.

Through this blog, I’ve seen lots of success. I have over three hundred and fifty subscribers, which seems like a small number compared to, say, the millions of subscribers Firepole Marketing has, but is a pretty big number for me. It’s an even bigger number when you consider how crowded the blogosphere is, and that every writer has a blog–and that I’m not famous for other work. This blog has also been the thing that set me apart from other applicants and gotten me all the writing jobs I’ve ever had, and best of all it’s been a lot of fun.

It’s also been very frustrating. Maintaining a regular posting schedule is incredibly difficult during the school year. I’ve had to cut back on the amount I post per week to focus on other things. I’ve even started taking whole weeks at a time away from the blog to work on my other projects. Since I don’t make any money directly from the blog, often it also feels like a waste of time.

Perhaps the hardest part is getting people involved in the discussion. Many of you have joined in the conversation on different posts, but I still haven’t figured out the magical formula to create a healthy, thriving discussion. I’ve had mixed success with everything I’ve tried. When I posted these three questions, I had an overwhelming response, yet when I posted more questions in last week’s Friday Forum, nobody responded. It’s impossible to tell whether that was because of the long weekend, the questions themselves or perhaps something else about the post itself.

I guess what I’m saying is I’d like a little help, guys. This blog is only partially about sharing my own journey as a writer. It’s also about helping you guys become better writers and creating a community where we help each other. It’s also about sharing the love between writers and helping others promote their work. It’s also about sharing great books with you so you’ll never run out of good things to read. Really, it’s mostly about you.

Without your response and participation in this community, I’m shooting in the dark. I’m writing what I think, what I hope you guys will like, because you haven’t told me what you’d actually like to read. I’ve debated starting a newsletter, but because you guys are so quiet, I’m not sure what you’d subscribe to, so I haven’t–I don’t want to put weeks of effort into something nobody will like. And without your help to spread the word about Dianna’s Writing Den, this community will never grow.

So please, share your thoughts about what I do here. You can say whatever you want, as long as it’s genuine criticism and not internet flaming. Tell me what you like about Dianna’s Writing Den, but especially tell me what you don’t like. Frankly, negative feedback is almost more useful–after all, how else would I figure out what not to do?

Next week being the last week of May, I’ve decided that I will only run one post next week on Friday. I’ve decided not to take the whole week off, but I do need a bit of a breather. Please bear with me.

If you haven’t put in your two cents yet, now is the chance. Help me make Dianna’s Writing Den by giving your feedback–even if all you do is tell me why you never comment.

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About Dianna Gunn

I am a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. My first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, is available now through The Book Smugglers Publishing.

Posted on May 24, 2013, in Blog Stuff and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I love reading your blog because I get to see how far you’ve come as a person. I am not a writer ,just one of your biggest fans. Keep up the good work. We are out here cheering you on. Love you!

  2. Dianna — I don’t think there’s a problem with your blog, and the fact that you’ve been consistent for 2 years is great. I’ve read some very popular blogs and not seen a lot of comments. Maybe cutting to one post a week is a good idea until you can decide what you want to do. Also, I see you have a SITS badge. Maybe try asking some questions on their forums about what to do. Good luck.

    • Hi Jordan,

      Thanks for your support. Sadly, though I’ve joined the SITS community, I’ve found it hasn’t really been for me–most of the bloggers there aren’t writers by trade, they just love to blog. Still, there are other communities I’m looking into, and one of my goals for this summer is to connect to other bloggers.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      ~Dianna

  3. I know it was a week late, but I’ve answered the questions from the previous blog for you. Keep up the good work, and like The Offspring song title goes, “You’re gonna go far, kid.”

    • Hi Douglas,

      Thanks for commenting! And I do love that song, so nice choice. It’s always great to hear from you.

      ~Dianna

      • Janet Ross-Pilla

        Hi Dianna, I felt bad when I read your post. I subscribe to many writer’s blogs or newsletters so my email gets clogged and my time is short but I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your words when I have time to read them. I work full-time, write when I can and try to find time for family. I often wonder where people find time to write a blog, so can imagine your frustration at the silence you hear. I hope you hang in there and know that even if I don’t leave a comment that I am here enjoying your blog. (This may actually be the first time I’ve left someone a comment, if that helps you any) 😀 Keep the faith. Janet

      • Hi Janet,

        There’s no need to feel bad. As much as I long for a magic formula to get lots of comments on every post, I know there isn’t one and I know people are busy–that’s why I’ve cut back on my posting schedule after all. Still, I’m glad you chose today to make your first comment and I hope I’ll be hearing from you again. And I’d also like to ask–is there anything I can do to get you more involved in the conversation?

        Thanks for stopping by,
        ~Dianna

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