I know that new writers have to show agents and publishers that they can help market their book, so I have a Facebook page and obviously I blog. And I keep Facebook and the blog updated, which demands daily attention. In fact, both of them absorb tremendous amounts of time and energy that could be applied to real writing. Facebook, especially, offers great opportunities to crack jokes, compare notes with fellow struggling writers, argue with Republicans. Blogging, on the other hand, is a lot less interactive. In fact, sometimes it feels like I’m all alone except for the spammers.
Blogging reminds me of the Robert de Niro character in that great Scorsese movie, King of Comedy. De Niro plays Rupert Pupkin, a would- be stand-up comic and stalker of a famous talk show host played by Jerry Lewis. Pupkin runs a kind of pretend talk show in his bedroom and creates a world where he’s a regular guest on the show and he and Jerry are friends. See the similarity?