Yeah. So. Um…
This posting a new post every week in 2013 hasn’t quite worked out, has it? I swore they’d never be two Sunday Coffee Reads back to back, but this week there was, and I’ve one very good reason and one pathetic excuse for that.
The Pathetic Excuse
I’m busy with other things.
For example, on my To Do list for today:
- Add some words to The Novel
- Add some words to The Non-Fiction Project
- In a related task, write self threatening note and guilt-inducing word count chart to hang on wall behind computer screen
- Carefully transfer all the details of Crazy Trip 2013 (4 flights, 4 different hotels, 3 countries, 2 self-publishing workshops—to deliver—and a train ride) to the corresponding dates in my Erin Condren Life Planner in pink pen; jazz up with stickers
- Drink my own body weight in Robert Roberts Guatemala Blend
- Tackle a mountain of e-mail I’ve let build up now for approximately a season (is e-mail the adult homework?)
- Read all my favourited tweets, clear Google Reader backlog and Buffer interesting things accordingly
- Spend a few hours on secret-ish thing I’ve been hired to do
- Pack up the latest haul of books to go into my storage unit
- Write a shopping list (only foods that make you instantly skeletal allowed)
- Sort through the various bits of paper I’ve strewn around the place
- Watch 5-6 hours of television
Seems like a lot, right? It is. But then yesterday, what I actually did consisted of:
- Reading a book on my Kindle
- Watching Got To Dance
- Ordering hipster glasses from Lookmatic.
You can see my problem.
The Good Reason
I can’t think of any good blog post topics.
I hate posting half-arsed ones, so if I can’t think of a good one—a good one being an idea that strikes, and you think I’ll just quickly make a new post and write a line about this in there so I don’t forget it, and then an hour later you’ve written the whole post and it’s good to go—I don’t bother pretending that I did, or trying to convince myself.
I did start one about my stance against posting your work-in-progress writing on sites where people can vote on its promise, but that got a bit angry so I decided to abandon it, because I’m not being angry in 2013.
Then I had the idea to write a little story, in episodes: the story of my writing life so far. Because when I first self-published, which was three whole years ago now, I’d already been slogging along this road for a good ten years. I was going to give it the Mousetrapped/Backpacked treatment, i.e. let’s look back and laugh, a kind of Published. (Or rather, Not Published.) It would start with me bursting into tears circa 2003 at the news that Cecelia Ahern had got a six-figure deal, and then bring us up to the present day in installments.
But that would be kinda silly, wouldn’t it? And most of you know the story already anyway, me presumes.
Then I had the idea to do Self-Printed: The Blog Post Series, where for as many weeks or months as there are sections in Self-Printed, I post some excerpts of it with links to relevant posts, case studies, examples, etc. But that’s just recycling the book, and it might be boring for those of you who have read it already.
So, I’m asking you.
What should I blog about?
You can vote for an idea above—not the angry one though; that’s out—or ask me a question you’d like answered. Just for the purposes of this exercise, there are no stupid questions. Even if you think it’s pretty basic, go ahead and ask anyway. (People missing out on the basics is something I worry about, because of course new people are coming to self-publishing all the time.) Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
What would you like to see or read about on Catherine, Caffeinated?
If your idea is used or your question answered in a post, you get a e-book edition of Self-Printed.
(If you want one, that is!)
Have at it.