Wednesday, January 6, 2010
No! Don't make me choose!
Yesterday I tried to add a new blog to my "Blogs I'm Following" list (is that the same as Google Reader? whatever) and was told that I'm already at maximum capacity -- 300 -- and must "unfollow" some other blogs first.
Not cool, Blogger. Not cool at all.
This is going to seriously interfere with my attempts to follow most of those people who follow me. This means I'm going to have to pick and choose among blogs when I thought I was going to be able to idly follow everyone and just see what popped up in the recent-posts lists whenever I got the chance to scroll through. This means I'm going to have to prioritize, when I really just wanted to keep everyone included.
Sound like some authors you know?
Not all characters can stay in every novel. After a certain point, the reader can't keep track, or even if they can, they wonder why you're wasting time diverting their attentions with characters who, while they may be entertaining, are ultimately not essential to the story. You've got to make choices among those characters, no matter how much you think you love them all.
But don't think that this means total deletion! Save those characters in another file, and you may well find a home for them again down the line.
For now, I've "unfollowed" Nathan Bransford because I remember to check him daily without having him in my list, and, more importantly, because he already has 2,738 followers, so my withdrawal will not make a heck of a lot of difference in the grand scheme of his perceived popularity. (Killing the character that has already been seen in too many other stories.) Also, he's already in a blogroll of agents/editors in the right-hand column of this blog. (Moving the character to another, more appropriate story.)
The new blog I'm adding only has 9 followers -- I just made it 10 -- so I think my public readership has a bit more added value over there. (Choosing to focus on a character that hasn't had his/her chance at the center stage yet.) Plus, they have yummy recipes! Mmmm, baked goods with orange... insert Homer Simpson-esque drooling.
We have to make choices. It hurts at first, but I think we usually realize that in the end, it's for the best.