Friday, 3 January 2014

Mister Author, why are you Blogging so much when you ‘should’ be Writing?...

What better way to start the New Year  than with a post from a Scotsman.

An early career as a trainee banker led to a spell in London, where his pretence to be a missionary converting the English fell on deaf ears.

Escape to the Far East in 1980 opened up access to cultures and societies on a global scale, eventually bringing the realisation that the world is simply one large, extended village.

The lifelong desire to write resulted in THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY, the first in a planned series. Seumas’ sequel novel, VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK was launched in early July 2012. The third, SAVAGE PAYBACK, was released in late 2013 with at least two other books to follow in the same vein. Ebook downloads on his novels exceed 70,000 to date.

Seumas lives in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Seumas is a committed blogger and in his guest post he explains why. 

"…Mister Author, why are you Blogging so much when you ‘should’ be Writing?...

…there’s a teasing wee topic headline for yeez, eh?... I don’t expect to split the literary WURLD opinion down the middle with it… nor create too much disharmony in the Quill-Scrapers Society… however, let me ‘fess up… I have a kinda LUV/LUV relationship with the whole nine yards of the writing ‘business’… like most of us, its genesis is in the thought process prior to even scribbling or laptop-tapping a single WURD of the masterpiece all the way through the tracking of Amazon Kindle sales figures after the baby’s launched… in between, yeez have the actual writing, the editing, the more editing, the proof reading, the creating-the-cover-art bit, the boxing into Kindle format or whatever your publishing channel poison of choice may be, and over-arching all of that is the marketing and publicity effort, which is constant… yeez are almost mandated these days as a self-publisher to immerse yerselves in the SOSYAL NETWURKIN whirl… yeez Tweet and ReTweet until yer fingers are falling off… yeez share like billy-o on Facebook, trying all the while to avoid Master Zuckerburg’s Jail sentences for being too friendly with yer kindred Webbies… yeez build up trillions of Goodreads Brownie Points for indulgence in myriad ‘readers interest groups’… and with whatever’s left of yer brain time, yeez sprinkle around in other assorted linkages… presence, Mabel… it’s about presence… this is where the Blogging becomes the master-key… the elusive missing bit of the jigsaw… this ol’ Jurassic happens to use Wordpress to host the blogging website… and it must be said, at first it was because Wordpress is free… and being a true-tartan-bloodied Scot, the not-having-to-pay-element was a prime attraction… then, as time wore on, lo and behold, I was able automatically to connect every blog post to all my major SOSYAL NETWURKS… from direct contacts of a mere 200 souls two and a half years ago, the direct base has grown to 14,500+… not a bad reason to Blog… and the more yeez Blog, the more ye’re reaching out to yer global markets… but, wait… there’s more to it than that… reaching out is one thing, but aren’t yeez supposed to be writing?... well, yes… in the interim I’ve produced three crime thrillers and two Blog Post anthologies/collections… and so far Amazon downloads exceed 70,000 to date… not much wrong with these numbers… the attractions in producing the Blog continue… the crime thriller scribbling can be quite intense… the little grey cells get hammered incessantly… the attempted humour in the Blog is a healthy distaff to that… and what’s developed?... the novels contain my ‘Author’s Voice’… but the Blog carries my ‘Author’s Brand’… and finally, don’t let emb’dy ever tell yeez that Blogging isn’t writing… condensing yer thoughts into a limited amount of WURDS is great practice… go try it… yeez’ll LUV IT!…"

I am in the process of preparing a post on the subject of blogging and mutual self help for next week so, many thanks to Seumas. Great post and a great start to the New Year. Here's some links to Seumas and his books.

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  1. Well it appears that the groupies who are retired school teachers, never lose that looking down the nose, attitude, at a new writer. Everyone is supposed to write, but seldom read. I started writing poetry, at age 11, and then quit, until after two marriages, and 2 children, and the drudgery of cleaning, driving, cooking, and screaming. I joined a group of women, with one English professor. I don't think I have the talent for intricate subjects, but dwell on what is in the heart. They are called " Ponderosa Writers Club." No it isn't in Nevada, but rather Ventura, Calif. I shall just read what you have to say.

  2. Thanks for commenting. Hope I'm not included in the comment about retired school teachers! I also joined a local writers group and have found the experience very humbling. there are just so many gifted writers about. Keep writing from the heart!