The Artist’s Road turns two years old next month, and I’ve received some pretty fishy emails during this run, such as people wanting to pay me to run their blog posts. I always decline; my readers aren’t for sale. Yesterday I was told I was named a Top 50 Blog for Authors. I was immediately skeptical. Perhaps they tell this to every blogger, then, when the would-be victim is buttered up, they go in for the hard sell.
But when I checked out the site and saw the other bloggers that were listed, I realized that, whatever the motivation of Tribal Messenger Daily, the award-giving site, I was in pretty good company. Some of my favorite bloggers are there, like Elizabeth Craig, Kristen Lamb, Jane Friedman, Anne R. Allen, Rachelle Gardner, and Write to Done (which last December named me a Top Ten Blog for Writers).
I’m flattered to be listed in this company. I am more flattered because, while I know many of my readers are published authors, I am a published writer who does not yet have a book contract to his name. I hold out hope that the travel memoir I am writing in my MFA program will, when complete, draw the attention of a publisher. But for now, when it comes to that elusive title of “author,” I still place “aspiring” in front of it.
Of course, as I explain in my “What is This?” section, “The Artist’s Road is, put simply, an ongoing conversation among the blog’s author and its readers regarding the challenges and rewards of pursuing an art-committed life.” So the value of this blog comes as much from the comments of its readers as it does for me.
Let’s make that true today. Tribal Messenger Daily assembled their Top 50 Blogs for Authors list to promote its upcoming World Authors Conference 2012. I’d like to use winning this award to promote other great blogs for authors or aspiring authors that may or may not have made their Top 50 list.
What is a blog you keep going back to, time and again? Give them a shout-out below!