Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?

Recently, it dawned on me that many of the bloggers I followed five years ago have faded into the woodwork. I was a newbie back then, and there was a core group of writers I developed a rapport with, many starting out themselves. Most of us bonded through Six Sentence Sunday, a weekly blog share. Over the years many have stopped posting, a few embraced Facebook as their platform of choice, and—sadly—one passed away.

Every now and then I might hear from an old friend and that contact instills a sense of whimsy for the early days. When publishing was new and scary, and terms like blog tour, media kit, and and mobi were Greek. If I’ve lost contact, some of that is my own fault.

After two books that were romantic in nature, I made a switch to mysteries and romantic suspense. As an author I’m happy where I’m at, straddling a line that crosses genres and has moved the emphasis away from the bedroom. But it makes me wonder—where have all the bloggers gone?

a stack of old letters tied together with string beside a fountain pen

Even within the last few years, new friends have come and gone, surfacing on the grid while working on their novel, only to disappear after the release. My Twitter stream is filled with authors who launched a profile only to have crickets replace their feed months later. What is it about this industry—yes, it is an industry to those who stick with it—that devours staying power?

Is it the fact that we have to juggle multiple tasks—writing, editing, book promotion, social media exposure, reading, betas, ARCs—in addition to our family life and day careers? Being an author is not for the faint of heart, and I will be the first to admit there have been  times when the pressure made me want to toss in the towel. The only thing that kept me going was the thought that I would have to start over, rebuilding all that I had worked to obtain. For even as I thought about quitting there was no doubt that I would be back. Writing is not something I can walk away from. It’s been a constant in my life from the time I was a child, and I have no doubt it will remain so until I leave this Earth for good.

That said, my blog has languished recently due to the constraints of daily life. I’m going to try to rectify that and hope to return to a more regular posting routine. For those of you who don’t already know, I vanish offline each week from Friday evening to Sunday evening, the intervening hours set aside for family and my regular writing routine. I try to catch up with the blog posts I have missed by Monday, but due to the sheer volume of blogs I follow, it’s not always possible. If I miss you on the weekend, I will catch you during the week. I don’t want to be one of those bloggers who vanishes into the woodwork. I have made many good friends over the last few years. New friends I don’t want to lose.

Where have all the bloggers gone? Right where we’ve always been—supporting and helping each other. For the record, you guys rock.

82 thoughts on “Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?

  1. It is hard to juggle it all…But also not an option to walk away–so true! I’m finding bloggers I look forward to reading.. You are included in that group:)

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  2. Juggling is certainly part of it, but lately I’ve found myself getting annoyed that out of 500 or so Followers, the only interaction I get is from the same dozen or so. Makes me think, why bother putting all the time and effort into posting? Only today saw me resolve to step away from blogging more and spend that time on my WIP, so maybe that’s where all the others have gone too?

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    • I hate to tell you, but that’s the norm of the blogging world. It’s usually a core group of followers and friends who visit. A lot of the larger blogs have many more people commenting, but they also put an excess of hours into their blogs. As authors, we need time to write, but we also need to maintain an online presence. Sometimes it’s a miserable catch-22 and all about finding balance-something Im still trying to achieve! 🙂

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  3. Continued Disciplined Blogging is not everyone’s cup of tea. Even I learnt this the hard way. Its really difficult to keep up to the blogging commitments when one has a day job! Also lack of content to share is another problem that many newbies face. They start blogging when they think they have lots to share but over the period of time, they just run out of topics. I have noticed this more so in bloggers who have random articles than a topic or theme centered ones.

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    • Hi, Reema. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. There was a time (way back in the day) when I blogged seven days a week. That was before publisher deadlines and investing time in promo. And as you said, the day job is a huge chunk of hours gone not to mention that sometimes we burn out or the idea well runs dry. I’d like to manage 3 posts a week, but it hasn’t been doable yet, Even so, I’m going to give it another shot. The truth is, I miss blogging.

      Thanks again for weighing in with your comments! 🙂

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  4. I find that I am one of those bloggers that doesn’t post as often as I should. I follow many blogs and try to comment and share as often as possible, but things do get in the way. I enjoy writing and plan to continue. I don’t care to be forced into a schedule, but a dedicated time for writing and blogging is a must.

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    • I definitely have a dedicated time for writing–set hours, set day–but I’m far more lax with blogging. I try to comment and share as often as possible too, visiting the blogs of writer friends. I definitely won’t stop writing–or blogging. I just need to find a nirvana between the two, LOL.

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  5. Mae, I’m another blogger who doesn’t post often. I keep telling myself I’m going to rectify that, but… Anyway, I’ve been blogging since around 2009, switched from writing nonfiction inspirational to fiction. Sometimes I miss the old days, but when I blogged three or four times a week, my fiction writing suffered. The key is finding a good balance and dedicate time for writing.

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    • You’ve been at it longer than I have Joan. My fiction writing has suffered when I’ve concentrated more on social media and blogging (probably why I’m chasing a deadline now). I think I could find that elusive balance if it weren’t for the added (and wholly necessary) hours spent in my regular career.

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  6. Such a sincere, heartfelt post, Mae. I miss some of my early blogging friends, too. One girl I befriended years ago turned out to be a thief, stealing another author’s work, putting her name on the books and selling them as her own. I was stunned! She’d changed names several times since getting caught, so that’s one blogger I hope is gone forever. The others, however, I see here and there, but nowhere near how it used to be. I miss them too. For me, I’ve had to pull away due to a hectic writing schedule and book signings while trying to still have a life. You’re so right. It’s not easy to juggle, but I’ll never stop either. Authors seem to blog more in the colder months. Don’t you think?

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    • Sue, I always catch a rumor here or there about someone stealing someone else’s work, but it’s hard to imagine it actually happening. That person is positively dreadful. And to think she acted as a friend at one point–ugh!

      You’re right about the cold months. I get so much more accomplished during the fall and winter, so maybe I’m just feeling the pressure of summer and all that it entails. Like you though, I’ll never stop. We’re diehards 🙂

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  7. Such a great post. The comments are good here too. I’ve been at it a while, and I’ve seen them come and go. Some were good friends, and I miss them. I’m the one who probably posts too much, but I think it’s important to keep myself out there. I always wish for more writing time, but as a weekender, I have to be content with what I get.

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    • When it comes to writing, I’m a weekender too, Craig. It’s about the only time I can really squeeze in hours on a WIP. I used to write blog posts on weeknights and I might give that schedule a try again. See where it leads.

      I think it’s amazing you’re able to blog as often (and as creatively) as you do. It’s beneficial for engagement and floating your name in the blogosphere. It’s how we grow, so I say keep it up. The rest of us are chasing you 😉

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  8. Some of my closest writing friends are friends I met through blogging. I agree; some of the first I met have faded into the aether. I miss them. But some of the more recent ones are just as dear to me as the first.

    I think it’s a testament to the writing community. It’s a hard life to sustain, but those who do are true, generous, giving, and make the best friends.

    Love this post, Mae.

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    • Such an excellent comment, Staci. I miss a number of those early friends, but as you said, the recent ones are every bit as dear. I’ve also noticed that they seem to have more staying power. For me, blogging is the ideal place to connect, and there’s a bit of panic when I don’t keep it up. Plus, seriously—it’s a lot of fun and I enjoy the heck out of it. I love the friends I’ve made as a result. they truly are generous, giving and supportive!

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  9. Great post, Mae. I don’t post regularly anymore — I seem to have run out of things to say. LOL (Hard to imagine, but true!) I really miss Six Sentence Sunday. That was always a fun way to contact with people. Right now it seems like there isn’t enough time to get everything done, so I’ve been hoarding my time to spend on my WIPs. I keep getting new ideas, and I still want to finish up the other ideas that were once new. 🙂 But maybe I’ll sneak in a blog post every once in a while in the future.

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    • Ahh, Six Sentence Sundays! Do you remember the fun we used to have, hopping from blog to blog? It was never quite the same with Weekend Writing Warriors (at least for me). Too many of the Old Guard left.

      I’m glad you’re keeping busy with your WIPs. We need to set priorities since time is so precious for all of us. I have your last book on my Kindle and my TBR, And I know you still love to Tweet, right? I’ll have to start haunting your Twitter feed.

      So good to hear from you. I hope Endora is keeping you busy! 🙂

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  10. Great post, Mae! I haven’t been in the blog-o-sphere very long compared to most, but I hear ya. It’s tough to balance blogging, writing, family, promotion, weed wars, etc. Winter is easier–no weeds, lawn, or urge to spend as much time in nice weather as possible (more like curl up by the fire). Though I don’t have any books out yet, I’m still writing, working on a old/new WIP, and finding myself falling behind reading all the blogs I follow. I’m still managing to post once a week, but some weeks that day sneaks up on me, and I shoehorn time into my schedule to write the post. I’m just worried about how much time I’ll need to allocate to other things besides actual writing once I do have to worry more about promotion. Good thing the kids are old enough to be okay with Mom sequestered to write. Maybe when I retire it’ll be easier–wait, retire? Ha! 😀

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    • Retire….ah, isn’t that the dream of every writer? 🙂
      Promotion does add another whole channel of sucking time away from writing, but it’s a necessary evil.
      I agree with you that winter is easier. Although I’m not a fan of cold weather, I do look forward to the days spent inside writing. My summers are always filled with family events, and while I love them, they do cut into my weekend writing routine. In another month or so, we’ll both be sequestered with our muses. Not necessarily a bad thing, considering who they are 😉

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  11. I’ve been blogging about 5 years too, Mae, and I wonder the same sometimes. I truly hope that those bloggers who’ve stepped aside did so because life called to them in a new way and they honored their needs and desires. For all the fun, blogging is also time-consuming, and each moment can only be spent once.

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    • “Each moment can only be spent once.”
      That’s a fabulous thought, Diana.
      I do think that most bloggers who’ve left have found other channels of fulfillment. Writing doesn’t hold the same passion for everyone. As an example, one of my former critique partners once told me she was in love with the IDEA of writing, but didn’t love WRITING enough to pursue it.

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      • I know some bloggers who have stopped in order to have more time for writing. I don’t think I’ll ever go that far, but at some point I’ll blog less in order to make time in retirement for travel (and writing). 🙂

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  12. Time. Way too little of it, and FAR too much to cram into what little there is.

    I have four blogs. One was a gardening blog that I maintained before I started writing. I abandoned it several years back, but still get the occasional comment on posts from 2013. The second was Bookin’ It, my book review blog. It’s still plodding along, but I have been AWOL for several months. THIS is one I’d like to get back to, and am hoping that will soon happen. (I guess, though, I’d better make time to READ a book for review, first. 😯 )

    The Write Stuff is the one I try to keep going, and so far, it’s doing fairly well, with the help of several contributors. And then I have a private blog for my beta readers, which I use daily when I’m drafting a new book.

    Oh, wait. Nearly forgot! (Doug will smack me upside the head!!) I do a weekly post for St. Johns River Eco Tours, called #NotesFromTheRiver, which is my outlet for talking about Florida wildlife and habitat, and which I love. I sometimes miss a Wednesday when life gets in my way, but my aim is to keep that one going. It isn’t very interactive, with comments being few, but it is read by a nice sized audience, and it’s FUN to do.

    But truthfully, I would be posting far more often on these blogs if I weren’t so busy writing, and I suspect that is true of most of us. Blogging WAS my writing, until I decided to try my hand at novels. So now, I have much less time to focus on it, and for the time being, I’m okay with that. When I slow down on the books, I’ll likely ramp up on blog posts again.

    Interesting topic, Mae, and bittersweet/sad, as well. Perhaps some of your lost friends will reemerge when the dust from writing and marketing settles a bit. Hope so!

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    • Marcia, I don’t know how you keep up with all the blogs you have. In addition to my own blog, I’m part of Story Empire, and simply couldn’t conceive of taking on another (which reminds me..I haven’t done a post on the Write Stuff in ages. Ack!). I’m glad you decided to try your hand at writing novels, because readers are so much richer with characters who inhabit Wake Robin Ridge and River Bend.

      I long for he day when time is not such a scarce commodity. Maybe we’ll get there eventually!

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      • You are so nice, Mae! I’m glad you enjoyed the characters in my books! Really, I’m falling down on Bookin’ It, and I’ve given up on the gardening blog, so it’s just The Write Stuff and my weekly post for Doug. (The beta blog is part of my writing, so I’m not counting it.) But I AM hoping to review some books lately, yours among them! 😀

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  13. Some of the blogs that I really looked forward to reading disappeared when Life interfered. One met someone new–and she disappeared for happy reasons. One’s parents both declined nearly at the same time–and she’s struggling with that. Another one’s teenaged daughter needed more of her time. And then other bloggers just fizzled. It’s hard to keep putting your thoughts out there when you’re not sure if it makes a difference.

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    • So true, Judi. That’s why I think comments are so important. When we share those on blogs, not only do we build rapport and friendships, but it lets other bloggers know we appreciate what they’re sharing.

      One of the blogging friends I lost suffered the loss of her partner, another went through a divorce. I do think one or two moved onto happier things, but some of the obstacles life throws in our way are hard to overcome.

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  14. Thank you, Mae! I too have writing friends that I miss. At least, I miss the way it used to be between us awhile s we were all struggling to get published. All are or have been published now. In 2007, I took some time off from writing when the company I worked for moved overseas. I went back to college and although I wrote some, I didn’t have time to write as much as I would have liked. We did keep in touch via Yahoo groups. When I came back, it seemed everyone had moved on in different directions. Only one of the 5 stopped writing, or at least, she stopped publishing. She was such a prolific writer that it’s hard believe that she would be the one to just stop. I like to think that she’s still writing for herself.

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    • I think when writing is in your blood–really in your blood–you can’t stop. Even if I retreated from publishing and online sharing, I’d continue to write for myself. I can’t walk away from it.

      Kim, you’ve been at this a long time–10 years since you started. Even with the break (and what a strong reason for the break) you’ve kept at it. I’m glad some of those friends were still there when you hopped back online. It makes all the difference to have that support and know we’re not in this alone.

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    • Thanks, Jan. That juggling is why I take a break every Friday night to Sunday night. I need to unplug, spend time with my hubby and family, and devote uninterrupted hours to writing. And then on Mondays, I’m back at it again! 🙂

      My biggest neglect is Facebook. Unless I’m running a paid ad, I’m rarely there. FB is one monster, that even after 5 years, I can’t manage! 🙂

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  15. Sometimes it’s the priorities of our lives that interfere with blogging. When it comes right down to it, blogging, though so much fun and an enjoyable thing to do gets tossed down to the end of the list–not by choice–but by necessity. Wonderful post and one that made me long for the early days too!

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    • Oh, wow! I’m so happy you’re here. I know what you’ve had on your plate and I’ve missed you. You have not faded, my friend, you’ve remerged stronger. I am so happy to know you’re writing again. Sending you love and hugs with Snoopy Dances a-plenty. 🙂

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  16. Such a great post, Mae, thank you!
    I read it as well as all the comments. Each one has the same underlining thought – life, quite often, gets in the way. You know the saying, “Man proposes, God disposes.”The same happened to me. In 5 years of blogging I lost 2 author friends who are now in the stars’ world. Others had family problems and others simply vanished without any explanation. As I no longer get notifications form the blogs I am following, I imposed on myself to check on a daily basis if there’s something new there. This is how I came upon your post.
    I’ve made great friends in the authors/bloggers world that I don’t want to lose.
    My posts are also less frequent because of my health problem, yet, I don’t want to give up. I have one today, by the way.

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    • I lost a dear friend to the stars too, Carmen. A sad circumstance indeed. I hope that the majority of my blogging friends who have vanished from the online world have done so for happy reasons and new passions.

      It’s great to have you commenting again. I know you have issues with your health and I keep you in my prayers. It’s always a pleasure to see you when circumstances permit. You are always missed wen you’re not here, and I think it’s awesome you continue to blog. Not only that, but you are always so supportive of others. I hopped over and commented on your post today 🙂

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  17. Great post. I think all writers feel overwhelmed with the juggling act required to keep moving forward. Let one thing go and all of the dominos fall. I’ve tried to scale back but remain consistent. Not always easy but I try. 🙂

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  18. I have to say how impressed I am that you’ve kept up a true blog, Mae. I’m taking the summer off because of deadlines and family stuff. But even then, my blog is more guests and reposts of other sites and articles I find interesting. Way to keep it up regardless of your schedule! I would truly miss you if you stopped.

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    • Aw, Stanlei, that’s so nice of you to say. You were there at the beginning, when we were both newbies, and I’m glad you’re still blogging. We all need to take time off now and again. I’ve done it more than once and I’m sure I’ll do it again. Thanks for saying you’d miss me. Makes me smile, my friend 🙂

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  19. I was interested to read your title, Mae. I have only been blogging for just under 1 year and already I have noticed that some bloggers just disappear. There are a lot that take sabbaticals as well which I totally understand. Blogging is my recreation so I haven’t felt the need to have a break as yet but maybe I will at some point. I enjoy the supportive environment and fun and interesting posts.

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    • Robbie, it’s great to have you weigh in on this discussion. A number of people here have been blogging for several years or more, so it’s great to garner the perspective of someone relatively new to the scene. In a short time you have already established yourself as a star. Not only are your posts engaging and fun, but you are super supportive of others, Here’s wishing your foray into the blogosphere will be long and fruitful. I’m delighted you’re one of my friends!

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      • Thank you so much, Mae. I really appreciate your kind comments. I have found this wold of blogging to be so wonderful and really enjoy learning about all the bloggers and peeping into their lives and ideas. I have also found so many brilliant books my TBR list is groaning.

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  20. I really love the bloggers that wake up each time they have a book launch. Yes, they start leaving comments and get all chummy. The book is out, you give them a tour spot, bam gone until the next. I’ve stopped supporting these kinds of folks. I’m glad you are not one of those.

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  21. Well, you rock too. And as for those three things you mentioned, I still don’t understand them, and Facebook remains an unbreachable wall beyond my comprehension. I think it’s the language: and I believe that may be a reason so many bloggers pass in the night: we stumble over the terminology, much of which seems illogical to us. I remain, however, as do you, with a slightly diminished input, I guess, but not ready to abandon ship. Blog on!

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    • Don’t you dare abandon ship., Frederick! I love your shorts and have even tweeted others (individually) about them. I’m glad you’re still plugging along 🙂

      As far as Facebook, except for running ads, I’m rarely there.If it imploded tomorrow I would break into a Snoopy dance. FB and I do not get along. Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!

      Despite some of those things still being Greek, I’m glad you haven’t abandoned ship.The blogosphere would not be the same without you, my friend. Rock on!

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  22. Mae, I think ever blog I follow you do as well. I say this because I often see your engaging comments. I’m amazed at the level of support you’re able to maintain. I feel like I’m in a constant state of “catching up.” Perhaps we all feel that way on some level. I’m still fairly new to the blogging world, but I can’t imagine walking away from it. I’ve connected with so many incredible artists and some I now consider dear friends.
    There is always so much to do. So much to learn. But I love it. My enthusiasm to connect and learn fuels me. I hope that spark never fades away. I think, in the end, this is what keeps us all moving forward.
    Dedicating your weekend to writing is an awesome approach. High five, sista! 🙂

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    • And I High Five back’atcha! 🙂 I think we do follow many of the same blogs, and I often see your comments as well. We have a great group of friends, and there are so many wonderful blog topics out there. I love your enthusiasm. I never realized you were new to the blogging world. You do so well!
      I am so glad you have no intent of stopping. I don’t either. We will rock on together! 🙂

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  23. I was thinking the same thing lately! So many bloggers I used to follow don’t blog anymore and aren’t on social media. I always think of it as sad! For the longest time, I wasn’t actively reading other blogs but sort of blogging to keep mine active. I’m finally finding the time and making the time to be more active again. Personal life stuff can stress me out pretty bad and I tend to lose interest in some things!

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    • Hi, Nicole! Nice to have you drop by and comment. 🙂 I do think a good part of having a following on our own blogs is relative to visiting and commenting on posts others make. I have made so many friends that way.
      Personal lift stuff definitely can set us back, and sometimes it’s rough finding that balance. I too think it’s sad so many bloggers have hung up the habit or moved elsewhere. I’m planning to persevere!

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  24. I think Facebook has discouraged a lot of people from blogging. I’ve heard people say they don’t have time for blogs, but they spend so much time on Facebook. And authors feel like they need to be on FB constantly to keep themselves out there. I try to blog, then I get discouraged because I have so few comments (but I can always count on you). Even when I have my blog automatically post to FB, I get more comments on the small part of the post that shows on FB than I do on the blog. I used to have quite a bit of interaction on my blog, but not anymore. You, however, still have a great following on your blog, and I hope you never stop blogging.

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    • Aww, thanks, Lauralynn. And you always drop by to comment which is so wonderful. 🙂

      I use Facebook to run ads when I have a new release or to do price reductions. I like it for that and always get good results, but I just can’t get into the habit of it otherwise. Too much of a time-suck, and it’s so, well….just a lot of things and opinions I don’t care to weigh in on.

      I finally hooked my blog to FB, but I keep forgetting to go in and check for comments *palmforehead* I’ll take blogging over Facebook any day, but I know several bloggers who put the bulk of their efforts into their FB platform. I guess it comes down to what works best for you!

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  25. You rock too, Mae! I agree with you about how tough it is to be an author! We have to do it all – writing, publishing, editing, blogging, promoting, keeping up with social media and keeping our cool through it all! We must believe in ourselves and support each other! Hugs to all! Xo

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  26. I’ve noticed some missing also. ‘Being an author is not for the faint of heart….’ So true. It’s more like a juggling act, just trying to keep all the balls in the air while more are tossed in!

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    • Great to meet you, too! I loved your Sharknado post 🙂
      You are so right about the tenacity that is required of authors. I have a full-time (day) career too, and sometimes combining that with writing and all the other avenues that go along with being an author is mind boggling. We clearly love what we do to stick with it as much as we do, LOL!

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  27. Juggling everything is certainly not easy– agreed. The focus can change week to week, with certain tasks having to take a back seat to the crunch task of the week. I have a similar experience as you with missing bloggers and posters, after the closing of my publishing house. Some friends seem to have simply disappeared. It can feel eerie and lonely sometimes. The friends we make during the process are gold.

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  28. I agree, Flossie. I love all the friends I’ve made online and find it sad that some have drifted away. You made a great point that priorities and focus can change week to week depending on what we currently have going on. I hope the many authors who were with your publishing house have found a home elsewhere or are rocking it as indie authors!

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