As a group of writers, we use this blog for at least two purposes. One is for promotion. We're writers; we want to make our readers aware of what books we have available. The second, and most important, reason is for connection. To have this simple means of connecting with readers, writers, and friends is really quite amazing, if you ask me. Fifteen years ago, give or take a year or two, writers were the lonely critters perched before their keyboards, creating their masterpieces, never really sure what the world thought about their opus. Occasionally the publisher would forward the writer a piece of fan mail or two. Connection! If only from that one precious handwritten (or typed) note.
Nowadays we may lament the days when connection was a precious thing. I know there are days I turn it all off, the TV, the computer, and my phone. But then I miss the emails from readers, the chats here at the blog with friends and fellow writers, the brief glimpses into other peoples' lives through FaceBook or Twitter. It's all kind of fun, and can be very useful if not overdone.
I'm curious today, as to how you all feel about the connections we make in this day and age. Do you look wistfully backward to a few decades ago when privacy was easier and a letter in the mailbox was a delicious purveyor of news or friendship? Or do you prefer the easy connections we have now, where you can find out what's up with your grandchildren merely by logging onto Facebook, or you might check the score of a game you missed earlier on CNN, or even send a fan letter to an author who made you smile (and sometimes even receive a reply back the same day!). Let me know. I'm curious about the connections and communication forms people enjoy most.
Oh. Are you wondering about the post title? Well, like I said the Riders are discussing ways to increase traffic to the blog. When I looked up the most popular search term that brought readers to this sight? Sam Worthington. Go figure. Heh. Well, I'd hate to disappoint...
(I promise to pay due homage to the sexy firemen and sexy cowboys that also landed our search list sometime soon.)