It’s been about a year since I’ve started blogging. Actually, I think the “real” date is somewhere around the end of January. I didn’t want to become a blogger. At the time, I was flying through books on how to make oneself a writer if you’re also a mama. I wanted to write for magazines and finish this book I was working on (it’s done–more on that in a minute), and blogging to me felt, well a little trite.
Anyone can be a blogger. You just go to a webiste such as wordpress.com, register and get writing. It’s really that easy. The worst part about blogging is it doesn’t make any money. Okay, that’s not entirely fair. I love to write, so why am I so concerned if it makes me money, or not? Probably because I would like to do both: write and make money. (Ta-da! The perfect world.) So, when I began this business of blogging, I did so with a little chip on my shoulder (I got over it–I actually look forward to blogging each day)–it felt like a step down in terms of my overall dream: making money by writing for magazines and perhaps publishing a book.
On the other hand, blogging has made me a better writer. One has to practice anything to get better at it, right? So, blogging 5 days a week on parenting and kids and the things that keep my world spinning has been a “good thing,” as Martha Stewart would say.
Here’s some stats from the last year of my blog “career,” compiled from the stats folks at WordPress:
- This blog was viewed 7,800 times in the last 11 months
- I posted 215 new “articles”
- 123 photos were downloaded, an average of 2 a week
- The #1 post was on February 22nd “Speech Apraxia–What’s that?!”
- The other top posts were:
- #2 “About Leslie” (really?)
- #3 “No Lazy Days of Summer” thanks to guest blogger, Amy Moll
- #4 “Bookin’ It With Apraxia”
- #5 “Sing Out! An Interview and Give-away with Katie Eshelman”
The blog “Health-O-Meter” from WordPress ranked my blog in the “WOW” status. Not bad for a gal who was reluctant to blog.
Okay, now the deal with the book: I have been working hard at writing a book on CAS for parents for the past 2+ years. Really hard. Lots of research, conferences, notes, deciphering, and writing. It’s done. All 276+ pages, over 220,000 words (your average novel is 80,000-100,000 words) and I have submitted it not once, not twice but 580 million times to various publishers and agents. Nada.
Until today. A publishing house I like has requested the full manuscript!! It’s exciting, but not a gaurentee. The publishing industry is just not what it used to be–and I am a first-time author.
Your warm wishes and luck would be much appreciated.