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April Fool’s Day …

…seems an appropriate day to start a blog. Especially one with an over-the-top title like “The Best by Farr.”

I can’t believe I’m doing this. I have put it off until the last possible moment — or close to the last possible moment — because I am keenly aware of all the Very Bad Consequences that could ensue.

That sounds idiotic, I suppose. (“She fears blogging? Call a doctor.”) But seriously. Yes, I do. I do fear blogging.

See, I have a book coming out next month. The last time I had a book coming out, it was a reprint, so that doesn’t count. The time before that — the last time I really, truly had a book coming out — was so long ago that blogging wasn’t even an issue. I mean, some writers were doing it (it wasn’t that long ago), but not everybody. Now? Blog or die.

Well, that’s what they’re telling me.

OK, maybe they’re not telling me that, exactly. Not in those words. They’re saying: “You’re not blogging? Really? Wow.” and “You should totally be blogging.” and “I can’t believe you’re not blogging.” And I’m hearing: “Blog or die.”

If it’s that important, it must be difficult. What if I do it wrong? What if I offend somebody? What if I don’t blog regularly? (What is “regular” blogging, anyway? If I turn out to be an irregular blogger, is there a pill I can take that will make me regular?) What if my blog is stupid, or childish, or inadvertently political, or — the worst nightmare of all — boring?!

I can be mildly amusing when the occasion calls for it. But consistently? Can I, in fact, come up with entertaining and/or insightful things to say on a “regular” basis? Can I be clever, or wise, or poetic, or just plain useful, and do it every day?

I think not.

Let’s face it, my life isn’t that interesting. So I can’t blog about my life. Besides, a published author is just close enough to fame that she worries about exposing her life to public scrutiny. (And far enough from fame that she still can’t get a good table in a restaurant. But that’s another story.) I don’t have a lot of deep thoughts, so I can’t blog about those. I have no expertise in anything, so I can’t give my readers useful tips on gardening or cooking or sketching or TV repair or, well, anything. I don’t climb mountains or wrestle alligators or travel to destinations nobody’s ever heard of. What on earth am I going to blog about?!

I guess we’re going to find out.


9 thoughts on “April Fool’s Day …

  1. Diane, you should blog about your cats! And what books you are reading. Books you loved at different stages in your life. Pet peeves…. Hey, maybe I’ll start blogging!

  2. I agree with Pam. You love your cats and I’m sure there are innumerable stories about them ready to burst out of you. Your first blog demonstrates the very reason I have avoided blogging. I bet your life is a lot more interesting than you give it credit for. Plus you’re a writer. I bet you could make a fig newton sound exciting.

  3. Welcome to the Blogosphere (ok, I promise that’s the last time I shall use that word but I must admit that I do have a soft-spot for silly Internet jargon). Glad you decided to take the plunge. I hope you have fun doing it 🙂

  4. Farr out! As John Denver said.
    Don’t go to the Farr Side; Gary Larson may object.
    You are a Farr-sighted woman, so your blog shall be wonderful.
    I’ll stop with this now.
    I shall read from a-Farr..
    Really, I’m finished now!

  5. Ah, but therein lies the beauty of blogging…you can write about anything you want. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading! (this the quote-crazy Bethany, by the way…in case you didn’t recognize my blog name)

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