So, something about 2014 has upped the traffic to this blog in a crazy, awesome, intense way.
Some of you have noticed this too. I mean, we had to a whole new **SPOILER** Board last month! And we’ll probably need a new one before Of Sorcery and Snow comes out!!
I remember the days when I would have been happy to get 50 comments a month on this website. Now, we’re closer to 50 comments A DAY.
It boggles my mind, and it fills me with gratitude and happiness to be part of your lives. I love hearing from you all. I love seeing the conversations we have running on the **SPOILER** Board and the Fresh Discussion Page.
Of course, I’m only one person, and as I’m sure some of you have noticed, I’m having a hard time keeping up. Sometimes, I stay up very late to respond to everyone at least once, and I comb through the hundreds of comments, trying to read everything, afraid I’ll miss something.
I’ve been spending way more time on comments than I have on blog posts and Twitter in the past few months. I figured that was okay, because I was enjoying getting to know you so much. But recently, there have been days when I spent more time answering comments than actually writing Book 4. That’s more troubling.
You readers are extremely important to me. I’ve been putting in all these hours recently, because I really care about you. But my characters are important to me too. And if I don’t finish their story, it won’t get told.
So, I’m afraid I need to make some changes to my comment policy.
We’re going to get the bad news over first:
1. I can no longer answer every comment.
I mean, since you guys are talking to each other so much, I already don’t answer every comment.
But I do try to answer all comments that aren’t addressed to anyone in particular. I think I have to stop putting that kind of pressure on myself. It takes too much time and energy to be so thorough.
I know that this is going to be disappointing to many of you, and I’m incredibly sorry about that. But I really think that it’s the best solution. I’ve seen other writers stop answering comments completely, or turn the comments on their blog OFF so no one can write on their websites. I don’t want to go to that extreme.
2. I can no longer commit to answering every message the same week I receive it.
Up till now, I’ve been responding to ALL the comments and emails and messages from everyone twice a week. Twice a week, I work until it’s done. I often spend most of the day doing it, staying up late into the night.
After a lot of thought, and with a lot of reluctance, I’ve decided I’m going to just answer mail for a set period each week. If I don’t finish answering within that time period, then the remaining messages will have to wait for my next designated reply period.
So, there might be a lag time on my responses in the future.
3. I’m going to step back from The **SPOILER** Boards and The Discussion Boards.
When I created both of these, I wanted them to be the place where you guys chatted with each other, not me. It makes me happy to see that these pages are kind of evolving in that direction anyway. I’ve been commenting there less often recently, trying to wean myself off.
Going forward, I won’t visit it regularly. I may stop by every once in a while to see what’s going on and to create new, fresh boards and pages as needed, but I’m going to let you guys take the reins and have your own conversations.
Now, I still want to be able to answer questions online, so I’m starting something new (see number 2 in good news below).
4. I need to announce another online break–from 3/1-3/15.
I’m going out of town for the first part of next month. I have a few things going on: a school visit, a wedding, and a deadline for Book 4.
It’s really the last one that is going to take up all my remaining brain power.
Now, on to the GOOD news:
1. I will still welcome every single new person to the blog! No matter what page they comment on!
I still want to be the hostess to this online party, even if I can’t participate in every conversation.
2. I’ll still answer your questions, whether it’s about the books or about writing or just about like–just not on the **SPOILER** Board or the Fresh Discussion page!
It’ll be a lot easier for me to answer your questions if I know exactly where to find them. So, you guys have a couple options:
If you want it to be private, you can always email me.
If you want it to be anonymous, you can ask me on my new Tumblr page. I set it up this week JUST for that reason.
I’m not particularly tech-savvy, so just in case you need it, here’s a quick tutorial on how to ask a question on the Tumblr site:
a) Go to this site.
b) Type your question into the box.
c) It’ll go into my Tumblr ask box, and I’ll find it and answer it as soon as I can.
d) Once I respond, you’ll find my reply on this page.
So, it should be pretty easy–for you and for me.
3. I may go back to being more involved later on…
…after Book 4 is turned in this summer.
I would LIKE to be super involved again. I love getting to chat with you guys. You really are some of my favorite people, and I’m sorry that I won’t be able to hang out here as much as I used to.
Feel free to ask any questions–either here or on the Tumblr site. The changes go into effect on Saturday, and I’ll try to answer as many as I can before my online break in early March!
4. ETA (2.28.2014): No matter what, I’ll still check the Spam Folder every few days to rescue comments.
I know a lot of you have been frustrated about being called Spammers and your comments not posting. I’m really sorry about that, and I’m still trying to fix it. In the meantime, I’m going to make sure I keep double checking the folder every few days to rescue any comments that end up there.
If you don’t see it return, feel free to email me, and I’ll go ahead and check again.