Writing Wednesdays: Blogosphere — the Narcissist’s Playland?
Recently, I thought of a great idea for my next writing post. I decided to write about the irony of the writing life: how, though we writers are generally contemplative creatures who require plenty of “percolating time” in order to do our jobs well, and how we tend to not feel entirely comfortable in the limelight, we are also required, by the nature of the writing business, to continually throw ourselves and our work out to the world.
The irony continues when we follow through with what those on the marketing end of the business advise by getting involved in social networking and other avenues for connection and promotion that can help keep our work in circulation, and then are accused of being self-absorbed. It’s a difficult balance to strike, and I’ll bet few writers out of there have not struggled with it at one point or another.
Lucky for me, Inkhorn Blue blogger Rosslyn, whose blog I discovered just this week, wrote about this very thing the other day. I could write my own, fresh post, but like they say, if it ain’t broke… That’s right. Because Rosslyn so eloquently stated so many of the pieces I’d hoped to bring out in my post, I decided to step aside and give her the mic. I hope you’ll consider jumping over to her post, Everybody Point to the Narcissist. After reading it, I’d love for you to come back and share your thoughts:
Do bloggers need to take a course in humility? Or is this just the nature of the beast at work? How do readers who are not writers feel about this subject? How do writers who are also readers feel about it?