Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IWSG for October 2012

Well, here we are again. The first Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for another installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group. Conceived by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG is an exercise in expressing things about your writing that you're just not all that comfortable with. I've been participating since June and have found it to be pretty therapeutic. It's also nice to visit other writer's blogs and see that a lot of us aren't so different from one another.

This month I'd like to talk a little about social media and blogging.

These days, my main source of 'social media' is over at Google Plus. It used to be another outlet that starts with an 'F" and ends with a 'K'. No, it's not a four letter word....get your minds out of the gutter. The answer, as if you didn't know, is Facebook. I post a lot....some would say an obscene my Google Plus stream, as opposed to Facebook where I'm lucky if I log in once or twice a week.

Regardless, though, it's not the medium that, sometimes, causes the's the message. I always wonder if the things I'm posting are....

1. Interesting enough.
2. Relevant enough.
3. Getting the point I'm trying to make across.

Sometimes, on G+, I'll get a ton of comments on a post when I expected next to nothing and vice versa.

Now, how does this apply to my writing? I always wonder if what I'm posting makes sense. If it's structured correctly. If I'm even using proper grammar. Thankfully, the built in spell checker usually saves my bacon on spelling errors, so that's one less thing I have to worry about. Before I set out to get serious about writing, I wouldn't worry or care less about those sort of things. These days, besides content, it's always in the forefront of my mind.

The same holds true with blogging. I doing it right? It's rare that I get many comments on my blog or on my other, general purpose, blog. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Not that I'm expecting a lot of comments on my blogs. Those are for me and my writing.

For me, it's the writing equivalent of going to the gym.....I'm just working the writing muscle. I've even found that when I'm writing little notes, I try to make sure to capitalize and punctuate correctly. That sounds strange, I know, but it's exercise.

I think that, in this case, the insecurity can be a good thing. It keeps me 'on my toes' and forces me to, at least, try to keep things up to par, writing-wise.

The way I look at it these days, writing is writing so why not do it the best way I know how?


Heather said...

Hi Mark, I have the same worries when I'm blogging. I start out with an idea of what I want to say but wonder how many times it just turns into a ramble.
I've just discovered you through IWSG and look forward to more posts.

Mark Means said...

Hi Heather, thanks for your comment. That's the exact thing I always worry about, as well, the dreaded 'ramble'...which is why ti try to do posts a few days ahead so I can give them a re-read.

I think worries like this can help us, if we pay attention and put them in perspective :)

Jennifer said...

I don't get a huge amount of comments either. I'm just happy someone comments every once in a while.

I have the worst habit of rambling in my blog posts. I try to make a point, but I often don't ever get to it. It's just that when I'm writing, I start with one idea, that jumps into another, slightly related (often completely unrelated) topic. It's just the way my mind works.

Ella said...

Try to enjoy the ride! I make lots of blogging mistakes! Visit and make friends and you will get more comments! It is time consuming, so do the best with the time you have~

Nice to meet You :D

Mark Means said...

Definitely, Jennifer, I'm always glad to see comments :)

I like to write how I speak and I tend to jump around in that aspect, as well. I know what you're saying. I guess it makes sense to a few, who knows?

Thanks for the comment :)

Mark Means said...

Thank you, Ella and nice to meet you, as well :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've never been on Facebook and tend to forget Google+. Good on you for keeping up with it.
Outside of commenting on other blogs to garner comments, I don't know what else draws people in either. I was taught early to always end with a question or two, as that got people involved, and it seems to work. Best suggestion I can offer!
And out of curiosity, did you know you have word verification on? Some people won't comment on blogs with word verification.

Mark Means said...

I enjoy posting on Google Plus and found a great support group of writerly types, so it make it worth the effort. As for Fakebook, that chore is only due to the fact that I have family members there and it's easy to keep in touch.

No, I didn't think I knew that was on, but I'll take a look at it. Thanks for the tip and the comment, Alex. Always appreciated :)

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