Nine times in a four-month span, Iíve had people Iíve scheduled for the three websites I maintain not come through with their blogs. Then, I had to scramble and dip into my reserve of Emergency Blogs File to fill in the blanks.
Thereís an SOP for scheduling a blog: 1) Either I invite someone or they ask me. 2) I offer a choice of available dates; they select one, or if they arenít choosy, I simply pick one for them. 3) Then, I explain the rules: I update the blogs every Friday. The article has to be in that writerís file by the Wednesday before. All pictures must be jpgs. 4) They agree.
Everythingís copasetic. Right?
Wrong. At this point, one quarter apparently forget, erasing it completely from their minds. Or they expect me to be like their mothers and remind them continually: Donít forget. You have a blog coming up! Donít forget that blog. Got your blog written?
Iím only human, much as I hate to admit it. I try to keep track of everyone; I even bought a calendar just for that purpose, with each website and each blogger, etc., listed. As soon as a date is confirmed, I also tell my computer to save that personís e-mail address. Alas, the computer appears to be as human as I. Sometimes, it doesnít save it or the address is so far-fetched and removed from the personís name, I canít match it. Unfortunately, this particular system has no place for notations, such as ďName is Jane Smith but email address is firstname.lastname@example.orgĒ or some other helpful info. So, outside of keeping a separate, written address bookówhich would be redundant and require severe cross-references (ďJane Smith, see polkadotsam; Sam, see polkadot also Jane Smith; also novel Hurry Along; also blog date Nov 26Ē) or some such, that doesnít appear very feasible, as well as time-consumingóIím stuck.
If I do have the address, I send a reminder at the first of that particular week, but being only human (see shameful admission above ), I sometimes get involved in other piddly things (such as minor surgery, filing my tax returns, the birth of my granddaughter) and forget. So now the question arises: In the final analysis, who is responsible for remembering to turn in a blog? The person on whose website it will appear, or the person agreeing to write said item? To me, it would appear to be a 60-40 partnership. 60 to the person writing the blog, 40 to the person with the website. This would be another case of someone taking responsibility for her (I use that pronoun because most of my guests are female) actions, i.e., agreeing to write a blog. We can always rely on other people to call us, e-mail us, or in any other way remind us we have something to do. Besides, Iím offering them the opportunity to promote their novels. Canít they at least do me the courtesy of sending me the information without a hassle?
I admit Iím not without sin in this particular case. Iíve forgotten blogs, too, and had to be reminded. Butóhey, Iím 70. Maybe not a good excuse, butÖ Give me a break!
This isnít aimed at everyone, just those recalcitrant few. To all those other writers whoíve sent their blogs in on time, oróbless their hearts!óhave gotten them to me weeks ahead of their appointed dateÖa heartfelt Thank you! Youíve kept me from making that mad dash to the Emergency Blogs File.
The real Icy Snow Blackstone was born in1802, in northern Georgia where her father, the Reverend John Blackstone, was prominent in local politics. She married a minister, raised at least seven children, one of whom also became a minister, and lived there all her life. The present Icy Snow Blackstone lives far from her Southern roots in Lancaster County, Nebraska, where she continues to write romances. She currently has had five novels published and has two more under contract with Class Act Books. More about Icy Snow and her novels may be found at http://www.icysnowblackstone.com/; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000133428988; MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/icsnowblackstone; Twitter: @tonivsweeney
Icy Snowís latest novel is The Earthmanís Bride, available from Class Act Books: http://www.classactbooks.com/The-Earthmans-Bride-by-Icy-Snow-Blackstone-Trade-_p_343.html