Regulars?

Not sure why this struck me today, but I find myself curious. I have an image in my head of perhaps thirty or forty people who read this thing with any sort of regularity (based on posted replies, what little I can garner from my web stats, and my guess on the amount of interest that what I have to say as a person rather than as a writer holds for most people). It could vary as much as ten percent either way without me being surprised.

But I am curious, and perhaps you’re curious, too. I’d like to ask your help in a dreadfully unscientific little survey. If you consider yourself a regular reader (however you personally define ‘regular’, from dropping by from time to time just to see what’s here, to having the weblog bookmarked and checking in daily), please reply in this entry’s comments. You don’t need to put anything more up there than a name (doesn’t have to be your real one if you’re shy), and a little notation in the comments body like “sporadic” or “daily” or “weekly” or whatever. You can say more if you’d like, of course. If you are a regular and there are things you’d really like to see more often, you can mention them, though I can’t guarantee you will see them. It won’t hurt if I know what you’re hoping to find, though.

Please just post once — it’d be a big pain to go through the IPs in the log picking out duplicates and deleting them, and I’d rather not.

And thanks for participating. If you’re a regular, thanks for coming by to see what I have to say, and adding your own two bits from time to time.

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  • Brady Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:55

    Daily. I always find your posts thought-provoking, whether or not I agree with them… or just plain misunderstand them (my bad).

  • carolina Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:49

    I try to check on you weekly as I, not only am interested in your thoughts and reactions concerning life, but also am hopeful for your happiness and success.

  • michel Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:48

    Almost daily–bookmarked.

  • Diatryma Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:45

    I’m a daily person; you’re part of my blog ramble. I don’t agree with a lot of what you say, but I still read it because every once in a while you come up with something completely right. I also go through the articles every few months.

  • Kyla Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:41

    Daily. I very much prefer the entries about writing to the politics, but usually I’ll read the politics just to see others’ opinions. Besides, it’s your blog, write about politics if you want. 😀

  • Shaela Scanlon Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:30

    Daily since you started it.

  • Katherine Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:29

    More or less daily. More when you’re talking about writing, less when you’re talking about politics.

  • Shermel Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:28

    Daily. This blog is on my daily rounds of blogs, forums and news sites I check.

    I always enjoy reading about the writing. I tend to disagree with about 80% of the non writing items. I don’t mind that though, I like to expose myself to things I don’t agree with just as much as the things I do. It helps ensure that I get a rounded perspective.

  • Linda Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:27

    Daily.

    I love reading the wide variety of things you write about. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Anna Serfass Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:26

    Every few days to weekly. I don’t always agree with your political opinions (though often enough I do). Even when I don’t agree, I feel they are always well thought out and well presented. I respect that.
    I greatly enjoy your perspective on the writing life and balancing family. It lets me know that we all have difficulties sometimes.

  • Shawn Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:25

    Almost daily. I enjoy the way your mind works. At least I enjoy it when you get really peeved and start to vent. Keep applying reason when you form opinions. Too many people form opinions and then form reasons to keep them. Thanks for the site and the great writing advice. Maybe someday I’ll overcome procrastination and actually put your advice to use.

  • Hugh Sider Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:20

    Daily, mostly, for at least the last year or so.

    Like many others, you and I have very different political opinions, but it’s nice to see the opposing view expressed intelligently. What draws me back, though, is the view into the world of a working author. I wish you every success in your career.

  • Lonnie Jordan-Ezell Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:12

    Pretty much daily, at least during the week, now that you’ve gotten back into the blogging after the blowout that happened. I’m sorry to hear about that, by the way. As they say, just one rotten apple…

    I read your blog because it’s impossible for you to get an article out every day 😉 and love to hear about the challenges involved in writing. It’s nice to get an insider’s viewpoint as I chug along on my first novel. Just threw away 175 pages +/- due to incomplete plotting and world building. Your articles have been the perfect information for me. Even better than many of the books I’ve bought.

    Thanks a million, and keep writing!

  • Marlene Oct 7, 2003 @ 12:01

    Sporadic, but always go back and read the old stuff. Especially enjoy hearing about the "writing life". And even though I’m "trying" to write romance, not sci-fi, your site is splendiferous and incredibly useful. Thanks.

  • Reuben Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:52

    Daily.

  • David Goldston Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:49

    Daily. I haven’t often responded to your posts but I find your outlook refreshing. I was sorry to hear that you’ve had to back away from direct involvement in the Forward Motion website; but am glad you’ve found the time to keep your blog.
    As you’ve told us time and again — stick to your dreams.

  • John Ward Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:47

    Daily to every other day. Been following the site regularly since you switched over to a weblog.

  • Peggy Kurilla Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:44

    Daily since you started the blog.

  • raptors Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:41

    sporadic…

  • kathryn Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:34

    daily

  • JenThePen Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:31

    I check in almost daily to see if there’s a new blog entry. I like to see your view on things. I don’t always agree, but it ALWAYS gives me food for thought. Thanks for all your effort!

  • astlin (Deb Christerson) Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:21

    Daily, or every couple of days. I enjoy reading your comments on things in general, hearing about your family and especially about your writing.

  • Megan Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:20

    Bookmarked – Daily…ish.
    You dont know how muh you’ve helped me. I was browsing the self-help books to writing fanatsy the other day, and I thought "Hey, i dont need this…" not only because i believe you have to work out most of the problems with writing yourself… but also, that Holly’s given me the inspirational and well worded advice I really need.

  • Jinx Oct 7, 2003 @ 11:06

    Daily since you started it. I think I went through withdrawals when you stopped posting for a while. (g) I don’t post much, but I do enjoy reading your point of view on things, even if I don’t always agree with it. And I love hearing about how it’s going for you, personally — makes me think that yeah, I can do this writing thing too.

  • Dean McMillin Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:55

    Daily.

  • Faith Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:38

    Nearly daily.

  • Emma Chapman Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:28

    Started reading regularly (daily) as of three weeks again when I got myself a copy of ‘mugging the muse’ which I love, and has inspired me greatly to kick start my writing.

    Shortly going out to buy one of your novels but not sure which one yet, can’t find them in my local book shop, but have downloaded the two free novels just waiting for my boss to go out before I print them lol.

  • Craig Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:24

    Yes, I read your Bounce almost daily (maybe five times a week). A "Regulator," if you will. I also find myself reading the myriad of writing advice you have so generously provided. It’s both insightful and practical. Thank you very much for those columns!

  • V Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:24

    We’re polar opposites on anything political, but your information on writing has been hugely helpful. I must have three or four copies of your "Mugging the Muse" on various computers.

  • Alyssa Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:10

    Just found your page (someone posted a link in the NaNoWriMo forums), but I’ll definitely be back. *grins* I have a whole lot of stuff to read here.

  • Rick Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:02

    Daily if possible. At least several times a week, sometimes several times a day when I’m procrastinating. 😀

    We may differ on some political issues, but not nearly as much as I may have expected. This could be due to the fact that your well-thought out and presented entries have changed several of my opinions.

    I love reading about your writing, you and your family. Keep it up, Holly. We’re always rooting for you.

  • Kellie Oct 7, 2003 @ 10:01

    Daily. Linked from my blog. As with all the blogs I read, I enjoy getting snapshots of people and of how they view the world. And it’s always fascinating to compare and contrast ways of writing.

  • derianth Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:55

    Daily.

    While I more often than not disagree with your political opinions, I am completely convinced that you are an honest person expressing the truth as you see it. Who can do more than that?

    But I, too, check in daily mostly because I have come to care about you and your career and your family. I chanced on "Minerva Wakes" a couple of years ago and have been a fan ever since.

    I suppose I should also mention that I deeply appreciate all the material about writing, since that is what first drew me to your site and then to those of others of the community. I have been writing as a sort of hobby all my life with no real expectation that it would ever amount to anything. The idea that it might is beginning to nibble (no, the word should be gnaw) at the back of my mind…

  • Kate Kincannon (moose) Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:49

    Daily, since I joined the FM site sometime in July.

  • Melissa Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:47

    Daily or every couple of days if I’m busy.

  • Jenn Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:42

    Pretty much daily or every other day. I post more in the forums section, becuase I like to have feedback from other authors when I’m having a hard time getting a scene right. I absolutely love your books, by the way.

  • CassidyWill Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:39

    Every day or two. Your site and articles are what got me involved in FM, and gave me the kick I needed to get my own writing in gear. Thanks for that, and thanks for letting us out here into your world! 🙂

  • Rose Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:35

    Daily. We *definitely* don’t agree on much of anything political, but I love hearing about your writing and your family. ^_^

  • Stephen Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:32

    Daily.

  • Maikeru Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:20

    I check the blog most days during the week and FM and the articles a little less often.

    Thank you for all the effort you put into this site!

  • tambo (Tammy Jones) Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:11

    Ah, Holly, you have no idea. 😉

    You’re bookmarked on three computers (work puter, laptop and table top at home) and I check in every day to see if you’ve posted anything new. You have intriguing insights into the human condition, the nuts and bolts of being a writer, a parent, and most everything else. We don’t always agree (I’m more of a politicl moderate) but your essays, blogs and writing lessons are great!

    Good to see you posting again regularly! 🙂

  • Catherine1966 Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:02

    I check in every couple of days or so to see what’s new. I enjoy all of your posts and in particular I enjoy the commentary on your writing challenges.

    I don’t comment much, if at all, but I do think about what you have to say

    Thanks!.

  • Carmen Hudson Oct 7, 2003 @ 9:01

    Daily. => I just don’t comment very often because I’m shy, one, and two because I don’t like to clutter up your weblog unless I really feel like I have something worth saying.

  • Kaitiana Oct 7, 2003 @ 8:53

    Daily for the past month or so. I enjoy reading about your experiences writing, updates on your family, and general thoughts on everyday matters. Whether I agree with you or not, I enjoy getting other people’s perspectives on matters. Well, I enjoy getting other people’s perspectives when I respect that person. 😉

  • Crista Oct 7, 2003 @ 8:45

    Daily. I might not always agree with your point of view on certain subjects, but you have an entertaining way of presenting your thoughts and sometimes I find myself agreeing with you on things that I wouldn’t have thought I would. Besides, though I know this isn’t intended as a political forum, it’s nice to get the opposite perspective from my own without any of the bullshit. It isn’t bipartisan. It’s just the opinion of one person.

    Anyhow, sorry for the ramble. This is why I don’t usually post comments. I’m too long-winded. 😉

  • Joel Oct 7, 2003 @ 8:42

    Daily (usually). I like to read about your writing, anything associated with writing (e.g., publishing industry, etc.), "fun" experiences with computers (hardware and software like Inspiration(tm)), and how’s it going with your family.

  • Jo Witham Oct 7, 2003 @ 8:41

    I appreciate your sharing your progress and struggles with us who aspire to write. It helps me to know that even great writers who make it to print have to rip and shred manuscripts.

    Thanks again, Holly!

  • Stephanie Oct 7, 2003 @ 8:40

    Every few days. Helps to see other writers slogging through one word at a time.

  • TeresaH Oct 7, 2003 @ 8:38

    I used to check in daily when you posted daily, now it’s every couple of days. My favourite is when you talk about writing – progress reports of the book you’re working on, new ideas, anything, it’s good to see how the real world of publishing works.

  • teribella Oct 7, 2003 @ 8:36

    Daily checkin — bookmarked. I always love to see your point of view on things, and it always makes me think! And I am awed by your sheer numbers in writing, let alone how you can draw me in to your characters and settings every time!

    Thank you!

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