Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Practice makes...well...something...

I've been downloading and backing up my archives and in doing so have read some of my older posts. I've noticed that over the last few months of regular posting that my overall quality has gone up with the quantity of my posts. I have started actually thinking about my posts and writing more than just the general "I am here and my life sucks" crap that much of the blogsphere consists of. My loyal readers and fellow partakers in the art of windbagging have played a major role in this and for that I thank you all.

Ok, mushy moment over.

What can I do to keep this place interesting? I bore easily and I know much of my audience enjoys the short attention span theatre this place has become. My question is, what can I do to bring in more people? I want those of the same caliber as my current readers, intellectual windbags with a sense of humor. I like the diversity of our current group and would like to expand it. JC, you being a fellow web geek, what method would you recommend to get the word out? All fellow windbags, what improvements should I make in content if any? Are there any design recommendations? Should I publish an RSS feed? Should I polish my writing? Should I quit my job, move to the country and raise horses, shunning the evils of technology?

Just checking to see if you were paying attention on that last one.

In other news, I've been contemplating writing a book for years. The problem is I have such a short attention span I never get past the first chapter without changing the topic three times. I think I may have found a remedy but I will need the help of my fellow windbags. I will offer some possible topics for a book and the peanut gallery votes on it. Then I will periodically post pages, chapters, etc. and get the general opinion on it.

First, we need to pick a general topic for the book. The options are
  1. Men's self help guide on relationships (with humor a la Dave Barry)
  2. A memoirs similar to Tim Allen's "Don't Stand Too Close To A Naked Man."
  3. Humorous fiction
  4. Trashy romance novel with non stop sex
  5. General societal commentary
  6. Political pundit type rantings
  7. Collection of smaller essays on various topics written for the short attention span
  8. A list of possible book topics so long it becomes a book...
Place your votes now. Call your friends, spouses, and significant others to have them vote. It might prevent you from having to read crap you don't want to later...


aikane said...

Why not incorporate all the suggestions and call the book "The Male Mind: A terrible thing to waste"? :-)

JC said...

You are asking me for advice on attracting readers?

Nobody reads my blog, or if they do, they don't tell me. Ok, you do, and occaisionally poopoocup (what's with that name?)

I think the best way is the way you got me sucked in over here, just go talk some trash somewhere else and maybe they'll follow you.

I haven't done much of that lately, I used to do it more, and it always brought some weirdos, and honestly, it's the angry, semi-literate, vein-popping-out-of-the-forehead types that really make blogging fun.

As for your book, the trashy romance novel is the best idea, you can sell them at harlequin or those other ones, its suprisingly easy, and you can do it while taking diet pills.

(that'll really put you into the mind of the reader.)

Michael J. Clarkson, Jr. said...

Welcome aikane leo to the world of windbags. I think you might be onto something. The mind is a terrible thing...

JC:If I get my readership up, yours will inherently follow with the conversations we have and the fact that I link to you. You know me, always talking trash...

So, the vote stands at 1 for trashy romance and 1 for all of the above.

StrawberryBlondeTart said...

Well, here's something I dont often do... I'm gonna sway the vote with my opinion... You are REALLY good at erotica. I am all for the sexy trash novels that you would come up with. The only thing I would add to that is your growlish voice on the audio book versions. You could make girls and women everywhere quiver and sigh with simply words. Nothing could be hotter than that... ok well maybe there are a few things... but oh the power...


Angel said...

I say write a mind-bender. Make fiction appear real, and cause your readers to fully believe in what you write. Holy crap, I just descibed the Bible. YEAH! You could create your own religious texts!

- Rev_Sapphire