I’m half-way through the Stop Whining Twelve Step, Twelve Week Challenge and this week I was supposed to:
6. Contact (3) bloggers who are immensely popular in your favored genre and ask each of them (3) burning questions you have about writing/blogging. Write about your experience.
Well, I didn’t do that. Because contrary to what I sometimes portray I’m shy when it comes to talking to people I aspire to be like someday (most of the time, now I have pushed through those fears, before). It is a big thing to go to someone and say, “I need to ask you three questions about writing/blogging. I’m asking you because I think you are the best at this and I’d like to be like you some day.” I compare it to getting the nerve up to talk to the CEO or the President of the company. While I do it, correction: did it, after some calculation on approach and topic of conversation, and it worked out well most every time (there was one foot-in-mouth bad joke) but it was still really hard. I have it in my head that they are good at what they do, they don’t have time to see my potential (nor do they care) so why would they even take the time to answer a question I might have? I’m just a little too sensitive about writing/blogging to put myself into a position of possibly being ignored.
But because I do want to participate as much as possible in this challenge, I’m going to put my three questions here, and then tweet this post a few times hoping I can catch a big fish or two or three. Really, I just want any other bloggers who care to answer to tell me:
1) How many hours per week would you say you devote to blogging (including social media, responding to comments, reading other blogs and commenting on them)? Are any of these hours paid, even if payment is in the form of a sex toy or a book you reviewed?
2) How and why did you get started in this “business”?
3) Are labels important to you? Meaning, are you offended by being called a sex blogger rather than an erotica (or even fiction) writer, does it offend you if someone says you write smut vs. erotic literature?
So there are my three questions. If it makes it easier, or if you don’t want to log in to answer, I created a form for your response:
Like I said, anyone can respond. This is totally anonymous, you don’t have to provide any information or you can fill it with silly words and requests for boob pics. Its your call. Thank you in advance!
Please check out my partners in this challenge Panty Parade, Cara, and LSAM. As you must know their blogs are some of my favorites and they are plugging away at these challenge steps as well. Half-way through ladies!
Also, I’d like to encourage you to head over to Nate’s other blog, to read his series on Building A Better Blogger. This post is well said, and speaks to me because this is always on my mind.