I totally zipped passed it and forgot! I started the Plum Bean on August 11, 2009. Happy Extremely Belated Birthday!
I began writing having no idea how to write a blog. How personal? How truthful? How much do I say about the book? About my agent? About my publisher? About my life? It was a gently roaming watermark. And then, how to find other bloggers? Do I just pop in and introduce myself with a comment? Is that presumptuous? Do I leave a comment with no introduction? Is that rude? Do I invite them back to the Plum Bean for coffee and sandwiches? No idea. So, I lurked. And lurked.
And then I gave up. I stopped writing for weeks at a time. I couldn't see the point. It felt like marching outside and hurling random information at an uninterested night sky. And so I decided to give it two more weeks and then call it quits. And something happened. That waiting finish line left me feeling like I could just pop by other blogs and say hello. What did it matter if I got it wrong, as I had decided to leave the party anyway.
And I made a huge discovery: The natives were friendly! The bloggers were sweet and welcoming and helpful and truthful and encouraging and fun and I was so very very happy to find them. The watermark bloomed into a circle. A sense of community grew.
I want to say thank you: To the bloggers who are truly involved in my book and do stay for coffee and sandwiches--I hope they they know exactly who they are--and the more explosive sprite variety, the one stop shop sort of bloggers who pop in, charm, chat, and then go on their way. Both are tremendously valued. You have made this so much fun. Thank you.