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Narcissism? Let Me Check My Blog Stats

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I’ve been thinking lots about narcissism and blogging and attention to one’s website. Is that the very definition of Blogging Addictionnarcissism? Maybe.

Children’s books are a passion of mine, and I’ve been writing them for seven years, picture books for middle grades and young adults. My series of four Bella and Britt books was published by Guardian Angel Publishing. They all took much time, thought, critiquing from my writer’s group.  And lots of self-doubt right up to the end.

Never, though, during that process, did I run to the computer, after having been away for an hour, to look for comments or pore over stats. This realization may say something to, or perhaps about, me. Oops. There’s that narcissism word again…

The shift from creative writing to blogging/website production may carry with it the need to be more personal, more introspective, more in tune with one’s own psyche to convey who we are to our readers and, perhaps, to define our own worthiness to ourselves. And with that may come some narcissism by default. I certainly hope that’s what it is.

In the meantime, I’ll continue writing books, consult with my publisher, meet with my writing group, revise, edit, use my thesaurus endlessly, and only occasionally be deeply introspective. That is, until it’s time to write another entry for my blog. Oh, yes. And even when it’s posted, I’ll pore over it from every angle, perhaps move a photo a centimeter or two, recheck links to be sure they’re working, read my witty words for the zillionth time and be, well, narcissistic.

Please excuse me now. I have to check my stats.

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About Nancy Stewart

After having been an elementary school teacher, a university professor of education and a consultant for New Options, Inc. in New York City, I write children’s books full time. I lived in London for eight years, where I was a consultant to several universities, including Cambridge. I am the author of the Bella and Britt series picture books (Guardian Angel Publishers).The first in the series, One Pelican at a Time, was on the Amazon Bestsellers for Children’s List for eighteen weeks. I was featured in the PBS feature, GulfWatch. It concerned my writing of One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill. My authorized biography of Katrina Simpkins, Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage, the story of Katrina and Winter, the dolphin, was released by Guardian Angel Publishers in March, 2012. I am a frequent presenter at SCBWI conferences and in June taught an all-day intensive workshop on non-fiction at the SCBWI Orlando Mid-Year Workshop.
  • Donna Shepherd

    Did I write that or did you? lol! I so relate. Now I’m off to check mine….

    • Nancy Stewart

      Love your comment, Donna. Yes, I think this feeling about blogging is pretty generic. At least…I hope it is!