Tuesday, January 24, 2012

being a lady

You know how a lady reserves the right to change her mind? Yeah, I'm calling that one.

I've realised to be true what a couple of my nearest and dearest probably realised some time ago: I ain't no mommy blogger. At least not a South African one. At least not a South African one who will anytime soon produce the kind of material which'll entice any of the (limited number) of mommy-blogger type advertisers out (t)here.
At least not a South African one who will fit the mold or care to work particularly hard at doing so.

It's complicated. But that is what it is.

The good news: I've liberated myself of some truly tedious twitter follows and blog subscriptions - I'm not playing that 'networking' game no more.

The silly part: I now have two blogs for the same kind of content.

The other silly part: this blog's followers keep growing, despite my not generating any actual blog posts.

Further to that silly part: my followers on the other blog are holding steady, despite my generating lots of blog posts for it and despite very healthy traffic over there (lots of which is from here).

So I've got followers here who go there to spy on me, followers there who know nothing about here, loyal readers there who don't actually 'follow' me anywhere, youspinmerightroundbabyrightroundlikearecordbabyrightroundrightround ...

And all of this because I want to be a writer. A moniker I've had many opportunities to test out of late, what with the girls starting new schools and my meeting new people as a result. People who ask me what I do, and dry-mouthed I answer 'I write' which leads to a whole bunch of inevitable questions which I don't really know how to answer.
'Oh you know ... um ... here and there ... working on some stuff ... look! squirrels!'

What I've written lately:
not many blog posts, here or there
copious lists
the bones of a short film screenplay
the bones of 3 articles for submissions to various publications, none of which are near submission ready
half a letter to my granny
detailed instructions for my nanny
far, far, far too many facebook status updates

I'm not really sure what to do about all of this ...

Hello Oh For the Love of Blog! Happy 2012!

11 comments:

MissBuckle said...

I like you on both blogs AND facebook sweets :-) But I really couldn't tell you what to do.

Just don't go away.

A. xxx

Laoch of Chicago said...

In the end you will produce your best work if you feel that it really reflects your "soul." Anything else in the end is a kind of dying.

Possum said...

You must do for you.
And be very proud of your talent...enough of pointing out imaginary squirrels!!

Angelina said...

I've been following your blog for sometime and didn't even know about the other one. So off I went to read CIFC, and love it too. :)

Whatever you do, here or there, keep writhing and I'll keep reading.

Calu said...

http://staypositive-calu.blogspot.com

Molly said...

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the input. And positive affirmation. And yeah Loach, you're so right.

krista said...

girl, you know i'd read you anywhere.
and look at your tagline up there.
blog like nobody's reading.
loach said it. stay true. and do the "work" writing for publication. not for free on the interwebs.
(then again, i don't know what the hell i'm talking about most of the time.)
xo

Tania said...

I'm also free of all the false PR crap on purpose, best decision ever and I often feel like you byline.
Depends on what your purpose is for blogging, you know what mine is :-)
About the writing:
I hear writing is a very painful process and the only way you'll get it done is literally one word at a time.

Tania said...

I'm also free of all the false PR crap on purpose, best decision ever and I often feel like you byline.
Depends on what your purpose is for blogging, you know what mine is :-)
About the writing:
I hear writing is a very painful process and the only way you'll get it done is literally one word at a time.

Molly said...

one. word. at. a. time.
thanks for stopping by Tania :)

and Krista, I'm so in love with you right now I'll take any advice you're giving! when it comes to writing you SO know what you're talking about - don't forget it!

Shanna said...

Okay, so I was just clicking that handy "next blog" link and came across your blog. And, I don't know if your supposed to be a great writer or not, but what I can say is this is the second post that made me laugh out loud. I have a blog that is a conglomeration of all my interests - while it would be nice to make money off of it, I really do it because I enjoy it. I like improving it periodically and I enjoy writing about life and my interests. And for a mom of small children it's therapy. Whatever you do, do it because you want to - not because you feel like you should. It took me 36 years to figure that out. Cheers!