Monday, October 18, 2010

I have a follower

I am new to blogging, new to epublishing, new to happiness and now new to delirium.  I have my first  follower.That means that a stranger, having no ties to me whatsoever, is reading my blog.  I got an e-mail about it. It said, "you have a follower."  I had the same reaction as when I hired a private investigator to find my long lost mother and he sent me a letter:  I am happy to report that I have found your mother.  In both instances, my immediate reaction was:  What now?  I will leave my mother story alone for now and concentrate on my follower.  What now?  Now I have a responsibility to be good at blogging and not let my follower have reader's remorse.
There is a wonderful aspect to having a stranger follow your blog.  They don't know you.  They are approaching you simply because of a shared interest or because they like your writing style or because they like the way you empty your mind on the blog.  I didn't know that what I had been yearning for all these years was not money or a kitchen redo or even better hair.  I was yearning for a public spot in which to empty my mind.  That's why I now know what happiness feels like.

My follower is not new to epublishing.  She has been doing it for ten years.  Ten years!! And now, she says, it is beginning to take off. She also says a lot of other things that are true regarding the freedom to publish your work, almost instantaneously.  My follower has also introduced a new dimension to self-publishing.  She mentions pods.  Until I read that, I was pretty satisfied that I had my backlist books and some new books in the Kindle Store.  But NOW I have to investigate pods.  Also, I have to realize - and this is hard - that my follower probably knows a heck of a lot more about ebooks than I do but for some reason, this wonderful stranger wants to hear what I have to say.

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