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.