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have blogs become passé?
Some people say they have. And perhaps they're right.
I'm only going to worry about my own house, so to speak.
Meanderings and Muses started on a whim a couple years back and became more than I expected and way more than I hoped for.
And, just when I start thinking perhaps it has "done its thing" and that it might be time for us to hang up our spurs, I receive an email from one of my guest bloggers telling me how their sales spiked while they were here.
In one case awhile back, someone brand new to the business let me know that I had helped in getting their name out there and not only did their sales go up during their visit, they stayed on a steady increase for about 4 months. Word of mouth will continue to be a book's best friend, I do believe. (And a blog's best friend - another topic for another day).
We've always been a place that gets a fair amount of hits. Some days we get an astonishing number of hits. But we've also been a place where people don't leave too many comments. That used to bother me and I'd fret and I'd worry and now I finally realize, "it is what it is."
As long as I get the kind of feedback I do regarding helping writers find new readers, and helping readers find new writers, then I'm doing exactly what I want to do. and life is good.
The bonus is that I have a spot where I can jot down my own little scribblings. I love that. I can rant, I can post photos I love, I can cry a little, I can give a shout out and virtual hug to someone (or a virtual smack up side the head) or I can do a virtual happy dance in celebration of all good things life has handed me. I can write. All things I've done here, all things I will continue to do here for, I hope, a long long while.
But, I'm also thinking quite seriously about exactly what Meanderings and Muses will be next year. I know one thing for sure - it's going to be a bit different. But before I fully make up my mind just how different, I'd like to hear from you. If any of you would like to tell me what you'd like to see here next year, I'd love to hear. Tell me what you've enjoyed here. Tell me what you haven't enjoyed. And in a couple months, I'll let you know what to expect. Whatever that might be, I hope you'll still be with me. You've made this a fun and rewarding endeavor, and I thank you.
So - step through the door, have a seat, tell me what you think . . . .