Blog Power

        I am always surprised to see where my blog takes me.  The Internet is so powerful.  I found out the other day I had a Power Rating of 31.  My agent said it put me in the top 205,000 and that was very good for for a fiction blog.

        It set me to thinking.  How in the world did so many people come to read about a country doctor in a little town?  After all, my life style isn’t exactly of the rich and famous.  

        As I pondered it, I began to realize how many folks were involved in making that happen.  I read all kinda other blogs and find them most helpful.  There were folks like chili, who’d gently correct me when I fractured my syntax.  I’ve read folks like Ms. Kim who is a writing instructor.  I got a lot of good ideas from her.  I learned so much over there that when she wrote her golf game had gone south I felt I should send her some advice professional courtesy.  I can’t leave off Ms. Amber, either- she sent some cool pictures of country Docs I plan to use on the website.  I need to get back to work on it.

        And the English Professor- he was from way up North and knew more about bluegrass than I did.  Any sterotypes of “Yankee pickers” that might linger in my subconscious were put to rest by Ted and Irene forever.  

        I’ve heard from mandolin players all over the country, and have a place to play almost anywhere I go nowadays.

        When Ms. Pande writes of her office, it makes me want to pull my own hair out for her- you have a job, ma’am.  There were mystery writers like Meg, and Romance specialists like Ms. Susan.  Men can get a lot of good pointers over there.  Ms. Cindy wrote country stories I could identify with.  She made me wish my dog was as cool as Ranger.

        I’ve heard from Docs in Scotland (Dr. Bob) who invited me to visit when I get that way.  And when Ms. Karen writes of Australia, you know someday you’ll have to go there, too.

        And then there’s Smitty.  I went to visit him, and they made feel like I was a native.  His school kids made me an honorary Mississippian.  It was my proudest day as a writer, and even ranked above that first paycheck from the Laurel.  (Bless your heart Paul for taking a chance on me.)

        As I thought it over I realized the blog has shown me what I set out to do with my book- it proves we are all in it together.

        I appreciate every one of the 23K+ folks who have taken the time to read what I have to say.  I’ve enjoy your comments, too.

          I read other folks blogs for the insight into ways of life that are different than my own.  But in spite of that fact we are all from different places, and have different problems, I find us more alike than not.  Perhaps some of it is all of us are book worms, and on a constant search for like minded human beings. 

       I am on track to finish my final MS revision in January.  My agent says a couple of publishers have shown some interest.  If they have it is because of you guys.  If you hadn’t come over here for a look see, they would have never given me consideration, and I know it.  It’s like a Doc.  If you aren’t good to your patients what good are you?  If I don’t dig deep for some insight into the worlds of medicine and music that might make your day better, then I should quit.  You inspire to type another day, and I thank you for it. 

        Tell me, what is it you look for in a blog?  What is it about mine you read, and what others do you frequent on a regular basis and why?

        Hey good luck to all of y’all in NaNoWriMo.  I would have tried but I type way to slow to do a novel in a month. 

Dr. B

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15 Comments on “Blog Power”

  1. lemonindi Says:

    Hi Dr. B,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am also enjoying yours — the reason is, that you seem like a very nice person. By that I mean, open, non-judgmental, humanistic. You seem to really notice other people and care about them. But I have just started reading your blog. I may have other comments for you later!

  2. drtombibey Says:

    Hey Ms. Indi,

    Thanks for dropping by. In my book, my favorite person is a guy named Indie.

    After all these years as a Doc, I have to say I do like people and have interest in all sorts of different folks. I guess a mean country Doc couldn’t last long and I’ve been at it it a quarter century.

    Hope you’ll come back by- I’ll check on yours too.

    Dr. B

  3. mrschili Says:

    Geez, Doc! I only get credit for CORRECTING you?! Now I feel like a hag!

    All kidding aside, I think that I blog primarily for the community, as you’ve mentioned here. I can only do so much thinking and learning on my own; I need the perspectives and insights and experiences of others to help me see outside of my own little box. I also really love the support and encouragement and advice I get from my blogging buddies; I’ve made some real and genuine friends through this medium, and that’s why I treasure it.

    As for why I read YOUR blog, the first answer that comes to mind is that you have a real voice. I feel as though I would recognize you from your words if I were to meet you at a conference or something. There’s something authentic about the stories you tell and the words you use to tell them; you don’t come off as someone trying to be something they’re not. One of the highest compliments paid to me came from Michael of the DLA Project when we met in real life last summer. He told me that I was exactly what he thought I would be from his experiences of me on my blog. You give me that same impression, and it’s that that keeps me coming back.

  4. drtombibey Says:

    Hey mrschili,

    I just thought I was gonna get that by you, huh? Heck you were smart and did it in a kind and discreet way and then old Doc goes and blows your cover, huh? Truth is, I appreciate all the help I can get.

    One of these days you will run into me, chili. When I get my little book done, my wife and I are gonna do a tour and plan the stops around folks who have visited the blog. What I hope to do is not only sign some books, but take my mandolin and play a few tunes, too.

    I don’t expect to make any money doing it, but if I can see part of the country, meet my blog friends and come home with ten bucks more than I started with I would count it a major success.

    And when you meet me, chili, I can promise you I’m just what I seem. I don’t know how to be anything else.

    I bet Michael is right and chili is like that too.

    Dr. B

  5. Smitty Neuse River Pres. Says:

    Doc, your blog is the only one I read and comment on . The only other one I ventured over to was Ted’s and made him an honorary member of the fan club. He wanted the bumper sticker, but we are out at his time.

    I suppose the reason I read your blog is that we have kindred spirit and that I know the person behind the blog and he is a good honorary Mississippian.

  6. Smitty Neuse River Pres. Says:

    Doc, forgot one thing, Martin Taylor character in the book, sounds like guitar thing. The next thing you know we will see a charater named Collins Gibson Weber.

  7. Amber Says:

    First of all MrsChilli, I am afraid for you to ever wander to my blog! Honestly my whole approach would send you into a spin. Doc, you are by far more civilized.

    I am an eclectic person. I read blogs of every type. Mainly, I look for good content. You can be the best writer in the world, but if you have nothing to say for yourself then really I am not interested.

    Mostly however, I like to read about the human experience. I am drawn to blogs that have meaning and substance. Im not really a fan of twitter or blah blah type posts. Nor am I a big fan of constant personal drama and angst. Although, some would argue for a while that could be me.

    I guess I love the idea of the simple complexities of your life and what you talk about here Dr. B. Real folks, with real lives. I guess I in many ways am just a big city girl fascinated by a different sort of life that I will never truly know.

    Keep up the great writing. Congrats on your milestone for hits. I wish your “publisher” would allow me to play with your blog some. My designs are starting to be pretty popular..

  8. drtombibey Says:

    Smitty,

    I have read that when John Fogerty first went to Bayou country he had a strange feeling he was home.

    I felt sort of like that when I went to Mississppi. The more I study the Mandolin Case, the more I find there might be some Mississippi connections in there. Somewhere back in time we must be kindred spirits- I know we are now.

    There is a Martin Taylor who is a great jazz guitarist too. There are several folks around who go by that name.

    Dr. B

  9. drtombibey Says:

    Ms. Amber,

    I am offically signed to an agent, but so far nothing is signed with a publisher. I have held off on my web site a bit ’cause I wonder if they’d change it no sooner than I got it up. That was a great picture you sent, though, and my agent still says I need to make sure to use it.

    Dr. B

  10. pandemonic Says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Dr. B. This month at work is entirely stressful. I should blog about it, but I’m nearing 25K words on my novel. I’m going to get to 50K by the end of the month if it kills me. And it probably will.

    I don’t know how I found you. I think I followed someone over, or maybe I just hit a random post. Either way, I’m glad I signed on… :-)

  11. drtombibey Says:

    Pande,

    I knew you were in NaNo, so I didn’t expect to hear from you this month. I am always about a new book and still have an e-handshake deal to trade with you.

    Good luck on yours- I’m likewise glad I can follow events in the frozen tundra.

    Dr. B

  12. Karen Says:

    Dr. B.
    I stumbled across your blog after you commented on my ‘six word memoir’ and right from the start you had me intrigued. You have a clarity, a voice, that resonates through your words. I find your writing authentic and honest – although I must admit that it has been so well crafted, I have at times wondered if you are really real, or whether there is a cheeky, 20-something sitting behind a computer who has perfected the art of ‘being’ Dr B!

    Most of all, I love the passion for living that comes through your writing. From where I sit, you don’t appear to be interested in anything superficial, but instead want to invest in what is really important. Throw in the fact that you’re an awesome story teller – need I say more?

    I thoroughly enjoy your posts, although I’m still trying to establish the line between fact and fiction with the characters in your novel. Perhaps it will always be blurred. And it doesn’t help that I jumped on your blog bandwagon partway through the process!

    So glad your manuscript is going well. I’m up to 45K on my NaNo novel and am still enthralled by my story, so that’s pretty exciting. My characters are surprising me too, which is also nice. Maybe one day soon I’ll have an agent too…

    Take care and I really would encourage you to come and visit Australia some time. It’s a beautiful big land. Just put us on your book launch tour (or host the movie premiere Down Under when you sell the film rights)!!

  13. drtombibey Says:

    Ms. Karen,

    Wow, what a compliment. No one has mistaken me for twenty in many decades!

    Someone else commented that right about the time they think they have all the fiction figured out, I throw in the real stuff. Then they have to start all over, so you aren’t alone on that one. It reminds of the bluegrass fan who asked “Is that a real song or did you make that up?!”

    I have an e-handshake deal with a few other writers to trade books professional courtesy, so I’d like to do that with yours too. That way we both keep the faith for each to get to the finish line in time to start a second one.

    Australia is high on my places to see wish list. The pictures are beautiful.

    Dr. B

  14. Karen Says:

    Here’s my half of our e-handshake. Can’t wait to read your book! My picture book will be out next year and will be my first published piece. The novel? Well, I have a feeling that’s going to take a little longer. 2010 is looking good. :-)

  15. drtombibey Says:

    Ms. Karen,

    And I extend my e-handshake also- we have a deal! Whenever the time comes, we can exchange snail mail addresses via e-mail. I hope my book will be out in 2009, but my agent says from the day I turn in the final MS revision (due Jan 2009) it can be up to a year!

    Dr. B


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