BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,


I'm afraid.

I'm afraid that I will bomb this interview on Tuesday.

One of the areas the guy specifically mentioned was "marketing to blogs" and I've not been able to come up with anything substantive in that direction as yet.

Plus, I'm having issues with my traffic in here and in my review-mirror LJ, btripp_books. I've written some mighty fine prose in the past few reviews and have gotten zero response. This depresses me, because, well, I'm proud of my work, but can't find an audience. If I can't find an audience for MY much-beloved blitherings, how am I going to find an audience for an employer's messages?

I'm not writing this to whore for comments (really!) I'm just having a "crisis of confidence" about this whole on-line thing.

On the plus side, I downloaded the past several weeks of two Chicago Tribune columnists whose work most closely approximates what I want to develop my so-far-unused VOX blog into. These two are featured two days a week each (the same space) and I was wanting to get a sense of the word count on each. I was very happy to find that my typical book review falls right into that range (one runs 650-700 words and the other hovers right around 700, while my last 20 book reviews have had a long of 868, a short of 450, with an average of 669 words), so my output would not be extended, giving me a sense of time required (I'm trying to work up a "discipline" of writing at least an hour a night, preferably at the same time each night, as per the advice of Ernie Zelinski ... in another book that I reviewed to no response).

Of course, if I can't get people to read stuff in here after 7+ years (and 3,100 entries), or in the review blog (which is linked out from LibraryThing), how can I hope to build enough traffic for a new project that is likely to be "a stretch" for me? The concept of being a Wal-Mart greeter in Coeur D'Alene is starting to sound like a plan.

By the way ... does ANYBODY OUT THERE know of any directories/programs/services which focus on marketing to Blogs???

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