Today is Insecure Writers Support Group Day ( You can find out more here) Welcome to the club. Even if you’re only reading this for the first time. If you’re a writer, you know how it feels to have insecurities sneak up on you. If you’re anyone at all, I’m sure you’ve felt insecurities about your career, family, education, or life in general.
What I’m insecure about most recently:
I’m starting to lose motivation to blog because I feel like no one cares. Most of my real life friends don’t seem to be interested. I put a call out for Beta readers on my blog 1 month ago, and while I had one dear friend who always reads my blog, send me a message about it, no one else replied. Not on Facebook, on Twitter, or via WordPress.
It’s hard to gauge how many people actually read my blog in the first place because a lot of people might read but aren’t part of WordPress….they might just peruse, but not react. Many, many readers of internet material do this, I’m guilty of it. But all the same, it’s little comfort. I’ve been blogging almost a year and a half and I thought I would have more interacting followers by now. Sooo, yeah.
While blogging is kind of like writing journal entries, there’s also the goal of attaining interested followers, of people who share your interests, and people who might possibly read your writing – but there’s also the goal of remaining authentic and so I am finding it hard to balance out the two. Well, I don’t think I’m failing in the authenticity part, it’s been hard to gain followers who interact and it’s been hard to find a flow, a niche of what kind of posts people are interested in reading.
Any advice on this would be welcome.
Ok – pity party done. Now it’s time for something more fun.
What’s the weirdest thing I’ve researched.
I am working on a YA action adventure novel and while writing that, I’ve researched plenty on how to survive in the jungle or forest. There’s a difference of course. I was researching to see if it was at all feasible that my characters didn’t die while trying to survive on an uncharted island. Fascinating research really. I also used to watch a ton of I shouldn’t be Alive, that show from Animal Planet. But then my overactive imagination started going a little crazy and I bad a bit of anxiety every time I watched an episode about skiers or snow hikers almost dying. That show is intense.
Until next month, keep your head up and keep writing 🙂