Exploding diapers and other s…stuff

Between my son’s kids and my daughter’s kids, we have four currently in diapers. We are   diaper experts.  Or at least I thought we were. Didn’t know they could explode.

Recently, one-year old Casey went to bed early, and got up up late. My daughter is one of the best mother’s I know. There was a time (maybe with the first kid, possibly with the second) that she would have gently woken the sleeping baby to change its diaper. Doubtful with the third. And Casey, is the fourth kid and has a younger sister by twenty minutes so you wake a sleeping kid in their house now and you face Nina’s wrath.

So Casey wakes up all smiling and happy but he has this massively wet diaper. I go to change him and the diaper like explodes! Little tiny, gooey, beads of what ever it is that makes up diapers, go everywhere. You couldn’t wipe them up, they multiplied! Like rabbits. It was a complete, horribly, gunky mess. Of course Casey was oblivious to the surrounding chaos and was quite happy entertaining himself with a game of patty-cake solitaire. He could  care less about what was going on behind the scene.

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Two-year old Elliott Nall, son of Aaron and Jenny Nall, likes to get comfortable and read his favorite book.

Sort of like a reader who just wants to read a good book. Do most readers really care if it took you a year to write it, a year to get it published, another year to hit the bookshelves? I doubt it. Yes, there are the real fans who eagerly await your next title and they might be interested in the ‘behind the scene’ stuff. But for many, I suspect, they just want to read a good book.

Everyone in the business says now is a great time to be a writer. We’ve never before had as many options to get our work out there in the readers’ hands, whether it be a physical book or on an e-reader. The popularity of e-readers has proven we no longer have to bow at the feet of the big publishers to have our work read. But however good that is, it’s also created a bit of a problem. For me at least, and I suspect I’m not alone.

There are currently eight new blog posts from other writers in my in-box I haven’t yet read. I want to read them and will get around to it and hopefully they aren’t time sensitive.

But it makes me wonder how many blog posts or tweets are going straight to the delete folder rather than being read? Because, I, like almost every writer I know, subscribe to other writer’s blogs. We follow other writers on Twitter. We “like” their Author Facebook pages. We’re friends on Facebook, Goodreads, and all the other social networking sites because we want to support them. But aren’t we sort of preaching to the choir?

It kind of hit me in the face the other day when I kept seeing the same “how to” article tweeted and shared over and over again. As writers, our main goal is to reach readers. Not necessarily other writers.

Like Casey’s diaper, I think social media has become over-saturated with writers telling other writers how to write. Do my readers really care why I write in first person rather than third? Or why action verbs work much better than passive verbs? Or how to write effective dialog?  Or how I can increase my Twitter followers by following three easy steps?confusing-street-sign1

Maybe it’s time to take a step back and give thought to who we’re really writing all these posts for. There are a number of big names in the writing world that I do follow because they offer very sound advice. But I get a wee bit frustrated by seeing their post re-tweeted a thousand times.

Just my opinion. I could be wrong. Feel free to re-tweet. Maybe it’ll start trending. In more ways than one.

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  3. Social media is highly over-saturated, Lynn, I couldn’t agree with you more. It makes my head spin just thinking about it. Unfortunately, the reason it’s so saturated is that everyone is on it ONLY because everyone says everyone should be on it. You’re damned if you do (overwhelmed & frustrated), and you’re damned if you don’t (out-of-touch and irrelevant). It’s a vicious cycle of madness. Stop the bus, I want to get off.

  4. Lynn, I have been questioning myself about the same thing, for me you re-affirmed my thoughts. I should enjoy my fellow writes blogs, just because I do-and we have a common bond … and I should blog for the layman, the lady who just likes to read. 🙂

    • Sally Carpenter

      February 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more. I’m overwhelmed by the number of author blogs and as much as I’d love to support everyone, there simply isn’t enough time for day jobs, writing and reading endless blogs and emails. I also question the value of nonstop Facebook posts. Do I need to know what you had for dinner or see yet another cute cat cartoon (as much as I love cats)? Sometimes authors get so wrapped up in marketing and promotion that we lose sight of what’s most important–the writing. Thanks for your post.

      • Lynn

        February 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm

        Agree, Sally, about the non-stop FB posts about what someone had for dinner LOL. Like anything, moderation is key. I don’t need to know every meal. I’ve also found that all the “how to” writing blogs are starting to affect my writing in a not so good way. Rather than just letting the words flow, I’m worrying about if this blogger or that blogger said to show don’t tell, or tell don’t show, or every sentence must move the plot forward…argh!

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