NOSEY BIO: Loud, brass, and tastelessly attired, I.B. Nosey is famed for his exuberant “Greetings, cybernuts! This is I.B. Nosey, your official unofficial reporter!” He seeks answers to the kind of probing questions no accredited journalist would deem intelligent, let alone newsworthy enough, to ask. Fleet of foot, wide of mouth, and fluent of tongue-in-cheek, I.B. Nosey’s unique interviewing style is comparable to none.

Winner of the Pukelitzer Award. Spokesman for Gum Drop Island’s confectionary plantation. Featured in InD’Tale magazine and The Woven Tale Press.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

I.B. Nosey and Miss Mae Make Important Announcement!



NOSEY: Greeting, cybernuts! This is I.B. Nosey, your official unofficial reporter! Today my creator Miss Mae is joining me to inform you of an important announcement. Yeah. So, like, listen up because this is an announcement. And it's important. And it's from Miss Mae. So, like, umm....Miss Mae, you wanna come in now?





MM: Thank you, Nosey, yes I would. Dear readers of this Pukelitzer Award winning Feeling Nosey? blog, after a lot of thought and frustration I've come to a decision. I hope you'll bear with me as I explain what brought me here.

When I first entered cyberspace some... *cough*.... years ago, what I read was that authors HAD to blog. If you wanted any visibility then you MUST blog. That was it. Grab a blog. Write. Period.

And then came along this idea of MUST have a newsletter. I mean, more or less you weren't considered a "real" author unless you had a newsletter. And then, you needed a following. After all, why bother with a newsletter if you didn't have followers to read the thing?

I learned that blogging could be fun if you wrote things that genuinely interested you. After some time, I decided that I enjoyed Nosey's blog more than my own, so -at this point, defying the "must" of having my own author blog- I deleted the Miss Mae one.

But then... along came Facebook and Twitter. The fever caught on and readers flocked there for the instant satisfaction of getting the information they sought. I don't blame them. Hey, I enjoy Facebook and Twitter too.

Here's my frustration - despite all that I've read I've come to the conclusion that blogging is not THE magnet once proclaimed. We authors still blog but 9 times out 10 all I've found is that those who are the 'guests' are other authors. I must say, we authors have a fantastic sister/brotherhood and we support one another 100%. But....rarely, do I see what I consider a reader to be one of those who comment.

Now, regarding newsletters. I find writing a newsletter is difficult. What is a darned newsletter, anyway? News about what, exactly? My books? That's how I see it, and since "shouting out my accomplishments" seems to be patting myself on the back...well, I cringe. I'd rather someone else shout the praise if I deserve any.

I'm not alone in this, either. Author April Brown says: " I remember when blogging was the thing that authors had to do.  It was annoying.  And it meant so many extra emails (kinda like newsletters), or going through a list to see who had updated every single day.  It was a lot of work for authors and readers. Searching blogs was never easy either.  I don't really think newsletters are the wave of the future.  They are lots of extra work for readers and writers.  Hours for every single one of them. They aren't searchable. As well as, readers (and writers) can't go to one place to easily update on everyone they wanted to hear from. ...How the different legal regulations affect the ability to send and receive them." 

Truthfully, a newsletter isn't something I enjoy doing. Therefore, I'm giving them up. Besides, not all that I send out are opened and MailChimp will penalize if too many subscribers drop off, or if you have too many unopens. Also, Gmail always sends the NL to the 'Promotion' folder and people rarely find it. I mean, really. Who looks there?

But I do love this Feeling Nosey? blog. Instead of raving about MY books, I can gush on my fun and incompetent (but always professional -ahem) cyberspace journalist.

So what does all this mean? It's this...I love and appreciate those who've signed up for my newsletter. Thank you very much for that. But since I no longer will be writing those, here's what I want to do - I want to make this blog, Feeling Nosey?, serve as my newsletter.

How will I do that?

Well, see this "subscribe" button to the left? 


Feedburner delivers postings from this blog straight to your inbox, unlike a NL that goes to that annoying 'Promotions' folder in Gmail. Those who've signed up for the newsletter I'll add your address to this subscription list. You'll receive a confirmation email to make sure you wish to continue. I hope you'll click that, because I sure do want to keep you!

But that does mean you'll also receive every post that's made here. True, they're mostly Nosey related but I will, from time to time, write as Miss Mae with my own "newsy" business -- just like this posting.

The pop-ups will remain, just to let newer folks know when they come to visit.

I'm curious, though... are there other authors besides April Brown and myself who feel this way? Hope you'll want to share your feelings. :)

And readers of my NLs, thank you for your continued support. I couldn't go on without you!

So, like...who else joins Miss Mae in these deep, deep reflections?

9 comments:

Hywela Lyn said...

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Oh I really do empathise with you, MM and really I agree with everything you say. I do have a newsletter (and a blog, FB Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts etc ad infinitum!) but I only send a newsletter out every quarter, unless I have anythng of real importance to say (which isn't very foften.) I'll miss your newsletters, but no doubt IB will nag(er I mean remind) me to come over here regularly!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's a lot of work to do all of that. I never made a newsletter although we have one now for the IWSG. I'm not on Facebook, and I'm glad of that. Blogs are still relevant and I have fun with mine.
I am getting your feeds through Feedly, so signed up and ready!

Pat Hatt said...

Never tried the newsletter. Everything added together can be one big time suck indeed. Pick what one finds fun and just do that.

Laurean Brooks said...

I'm with the rest of you. Blogging was fun for a while. Then yu notice 90% of the commmenters are your loyal author friends. So, you ask yourself, is blogging really worth the effort?

I don't know have the magic formula, but I find blogs more interesting when they are about the characters in the book rather than the author herself. I love interviewing my characters and getting their responses.

A fellow author reminded me I was to guest on her blog this Tuesday. I told her I was so bored with the usual questions, "Where did you get the idea for this book?" "Why do you write?" "What do you do when you get writers' block?" You know what I mean if you are an author.

I asked her if she could do an interview with my characters of "Not What He Ordered" instead. After messagging back and forth, she asked, "Why don't you write the interview and send it to me since you know the characters and book better than I do?"

What I'm trying to say is, we need to shake things up occasionally to keep them from getting dull. I think Miss Mae has the right idea.

Does anyone else have any creative suggestions to add? I think we all are of the same mind. We are tired of the same ol' same ol'. Blogging should be fun. Not feel like a chore or duty.

Larry Hammersley said...

I'm for something different but I don't know what. My blog has no activity at all unless I schedule a giveaway or cook up something to drive folks there like the two pole vaulting photos I posted. I don't enter much to my blog but I'm afraid it isn't getting read. I only have eleven followers too. My blog isn't very attractive and all I post is my progress on publishing my next story. That probably isn't much of a drawer for comments. I hasten to add however, that I've always enjoyed appearing on someone's blog for an interview concerning a new work I've published.

Laurean Brooks said...


I'm with the rest of you. Blogging was fun for a while. Then yu notice 90% of the commmenters are your loyal author friends. So, you ask yourself, is blogging really worth the effort?

I don't know have the magic formula, but I find blogs more interesting when they are about the characters in the book rather than the author herself. I love interviewing my characters and getting their responses.

A fellow author reminded me I was to guest on her blog this Tuesday. I told her I was so bored with the usual questions, "Where did you get the idea for this book?" "Why do you write?" "What do you do when you get writers' block?" You know what I mean if you are an author.

I asked her if she could do an interview with my characters of "Not What He Ordered" instead. After messagging back and forth, she asked, "Why don't you write the interview and send it to me since you know the characters and book better than I do?"

What I'm trying to say is, we need to shake things up occasionally to keep them from getting dull. I think Miss Mae has the right idea.

Does anyone else have any creative suggestions to add? I think we all are of the same mind. We are tired of the same ol' same ol'. Blogging should be fun. Not feel like a chore or duty.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Blogging still serves a purpose. It's changed a lot in the past 13 years that I've blogged, but it's still better than when I first began. Sure a lot of writers and authors connect. That's good. We can help each other with the process, promoting, and finding other opportunities. Plus blogging adds to search engine fodder for our books and ourselves.

Miss Mae said...

Thanks for coming over, everyone. I appreciate your constructive feedback! :)

J Q Rose said...

I love nosey s blog too. Looking forward to seeing more.