Still Crazy After All These Years ~ or Why I Am Still Blogging

Still Crazy After All These Years ~ or Why I Am Still Blogging

Today is the second anniversary of my first post here at Zen and the Art of Tightrope Walking and the last few days have been full of thoughts concerning why I blog.

Why does anyone blog? I guess to answer that question you might need to do a comprehensive survey because the chances are people blog for some very diverse reasons. I chose to blog because I felt I had things to say, and I sought dialogue with others. Unlike those who begin a blog with a ready-mixed agenda and function, I really didn’t know what I was doing or why. At the start, I had no clue about building a platform for my books, or any of the things I have since read that writers’ blogs aim to do. I just wanted to talk to people and to have them talk to me.

It’s said that at fifty you get the face you deserve and I think the same is true about blogs. When you let a blog develop without forcing it into a mould, it can become something that reflects you very clearly, and the readership self-selects too. People who enjoy what you write come back, they subscribe, they comment, and in many cases, they become real friends.

In two years I have posted over 460 posts, some of which have sunk into obscurity, and some of which still get numerous daily visits. My most popular post is the one concerning Susan Howatch, second most popular is About Me and coming a close third, Miracle at Mont St Michel. If you haven’t had a look at the astonishing photograph on that post, please do; I promise you it is genuine and unaltered.

A short way down the list of popular posts is Strangers and Pilgrims, about the novel I released into the wild last year. It’s doing quite well so far, but if you’d like to see this unusual and genre-defying story for yourself, it is available from Amazon and also as a download. The reviews at Amazon speak for themselves. I’m not very good at blowing my own trumpet, but thankfully others are happy to do so for me. Those who have read it have found it to take them on a journey that stayed with them long after the last page was read. I’d like to think it has changed lives in a small but significant way. Anyone who buys a copy and posts a review between now and the release of my next novel will get a free pdf of that new novel.

I’ve posted a number of short stories, which are currently being gathered into a book ready for distribution in the Spring. This will be available as a free download and also as a hard copy. If you fancy being one of the first to get your hands on this unique volume, please get in contact (details on the Contact Me page).

Anyway, finally, I would like to say a massive big thank you for all my readers, many of whom are now my friends, and express my deep gratitude to you for making blogging such a worthwhile experience and a journey that has taken me to places I never dreamed I’d ever go.

Thank you. I love you.

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18 thoughts on “Still Crazy After All These Years ~ or Why I Am Still Blogging

  1. Hi there This is a great post as it introduced me to some more of your writing. I have recently finished Mystical Paths – have to say it was one of the strangest books I have ever read but I was gripped from start to finish!

    • Hey,
      well there are plenty more where that one came from. I didn’t find it strange as I’ve worked in that world myself, but rather reassuring. I found all her books gripping.
      glad you’ve had a skim around.
      xx

  2. I’m joining the chorus to wish you a happy anniversary.

    I echo your sentiments on how glad I am that we happened upon each other over a year ago now. Knowing you and your blog enriches my life.

    Good to hear of your new upcoming works.

    What else can I say? But that, Viv, my heart fills with joy at reading this post.

  3. Hi Viv, many congratulations on the evolution of your blog which I do enjoy reading. It’s great to hear what an integrating experience it is proving for you and for your writing. As you know, we met through the Howatch post and that continues to thrive for me. I enjoy our reciprocal conversations on each other’s spaces, and long may they continue.
    Love,
    Karin

  4. Congrats, Viv. I very much appreciate all that you have shared in the time I’ve been with you. I’m also much relieved…I held my breath that you were saying goodbye. Thankfully you are not.

    • Oops sorry to have worried you.
      By the way, I “met” Michael J again on FB chat and he’s fine. Dunno if he’s coming back to blogging but he’s ok.

  5. Viv, all the literature, research-based evidence, points to it being healthy to journal and reflect. You do more for your psyche than you know. And, when someone has an AHA for a post, you make a connection and validate their experiences. Well done.

  6. if I ventured in the slipstream
    Between the viaducts of your dream
    Where mobile steel rims crack
    And the ditch in the back roads stop

    –Van Morrison, Astral Weeks

    I love going there….
    the viaducts of your dreams

    glad you are here,crAZY and not- slip slidin away 🙂

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