It’s Day 3 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (I’m catching up!) Day 3’s challenge was:
Who are your blogging BFFs?
I’m going to take some liberties with this one (shocker, right?) by changing blogging BFFs to blogging inspirations. Not to take away from the friendly relationships I have with other bloggers. But BFF has such a personal connotation in my mind, and I don’t know how personal ANY of my relationships in the blogosphere are. I spew way more of my personal drivel on Twitter, and even there I’m not sure I have BFFs. Me and my tweeps are more like fellow news junkies. Or book club buddies. Plus, it just seems a bit highschool to hand out ranks to friends. So I’m not doing this Facebook-style, I’m doing it Klout-style.
So. Forget friends. Who are my influencers?
There are two of my fellow writers who I’ve been following since SUPER early in my baby-step years of blogging:
Carrie’s the traditionalist, a writer published with an actual fucking publishing company. But she’s been blogging since she was a lowly aspiring writer like the rest of us. Her stories about life in the medical profession and family life with teenage boys and poop stories were a light, funny retreat from the moody work of writing. She ended up getting a contract for her book The Seneca Scourge and has since been chronicling her adventures in the publishing world. From my vantage point on the selfie’s side of the publishing fence, it’s an enlightening anthropological study of the initiations into ye olde writer life – a life, I’m not likely to share.
Plus, she had some nice things to say about Stories About Things! (And I owe her for causing her to forget about dinner-making…) <3
Becka is the fellow free-spirit doing her own thing in the webfiction world from before I even knew the world existed. her Dragon Wars saga was one of the first web fictions I got into. It’s super long, and not only is it a great story, it’s also fascinating insight into the development of a webfic author with some real staying power in this world. She also wrote the Haventon Chronicles which are currently on my reading list.
And Becka’s has a thing or two to say about crowdfunding and Flattr – two things I’m passionate about but which aren’t terribly popular in the writing community yet. Granted, crowdfunding has really started to take off lately – even among the old fashioned bookworm crows! But two years ago, when I started out in this world, there weren’t too many folks excited about it. It was nice to hear another voice curious about the same things I was, and bold enough to try the out and teach us a few things about the experience.