Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Yes, I'm In Security



I've noticed a big drop off in views and comments lately. This despite deliberately tantalizing titles such as... 


So much for sex sells. Me and My Nipples and Confessions of a Sexy Housewife are true stories. Rock Your Cock was just my way of seeing how much spam I could generate.

I kind of suck at commenting on other blog sites lately - even those I read regularly and enjoy immensely.

I'm tired of writing about my cancer. I'm ready to move on. But once again, I have no idea where I'm going.

I've joined a new social hub for writers and creative beings called OurSalon. It's a spring off from OpenSalon which is a sub-section of Salon.com. I've been spending a lot of time there and less time on facebook and on breastcancer.org.

I like the idea of writers reading my work and I've already formed a list of favorites and even a few, gun totting, Obama hatin' bullies that I loath.

Kerry's Wallet is featured on the lead page today. I'm feeling really good about that.

I think it's time for me to focus on writing short stories and personal essays and to start submitting. (Just writing that made my stomach flip.)  I'll still formulate stories here because it's a friendly environment but I'm not going to post just to post and I'm not going to obsess about the view count or comments.

I've been trying to write my "I flipped a kitty in less than 15 minutes" story for a week now. I also have another story brewing titled, "Now That the Drugs Have Worn Off." 

I'll head over to the INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP now to see how many bloggers I can connect with.

Truth is, I'm not really insecure about my writing because I know there are people out there that relate to it and when I keep it simple it is pretty damn good.

I've developed a strong voice here on Green Monkey Tales and your feedback and encouragement has been extremely helpful. Hell, I even see an improvement in my spelling!

For as long as I can remember, I've been saying I'm a writer.
For as long as I can remember, I've been saying I'm going to be a published author.



My estranged sister recently wrote, "Sure glad I didn't spent thousands on English lessons as you did!"

I am sure glad I didn't given up on my dream.


Be who you are and say what you feel, 
because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  ~Dr. Seuss

xoMonkeyME



46 comments:

  1. I notice ups and downs in my feedback and views as well.

    Of course, there are also ups and downs when it comes to the quality of my writing, but... sadly, the ups and downs don't correspond to the feedback and views.

    Those three blog posts you listed will be getting page views forever, even if the initial response was lukewarm. The Ukrainians will love it...

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    1. THANKS for reading Katy. Love knowing Ukrainians get me ~

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  2. I love your blog and enjoyed your posts! I think part of it might be due to the holiday season. Heaven knows I haven't had much chance for reading. And I've noticed a drop in my reader count as well. Be true to yourself and keep doing what you're doing. I'm sure now that things are dying down for people those comment and view counts will pop up like daisies coming out of the snow!

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    1. "be true to yourself" is good advice! readers know when you're not.

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    2. oh and look there... you have a pug. I love pugs! we had two. one nuttier than the other. It was like living with a pig on steroids. never a dull moment when you've got a pug in the house!

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  3. Your estranged sister is so supportive! Sounds like my family.

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    1. it's funny, I just read the latest Brevity post on memoir writing and it said:
      "The first piece you write that your family hates means you found your voice,"

      sooooo true so true!!! I think I'll do a blog post about it :)

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  4. Okay, I admit it, I've been visiting and not commenting.
    I'm jealous as hell that you have prettier nipples than I do -- who wouldn't envy cadaver added beauty to perfectly formed nubs under the hands of a talented artist (surgeon). Or that you have photo's of the most beautiful male body part ever created! Cocks have always been an addiction, and yet you not only write about it you post artistic pictures of unbelievable beauty.
    And the worst -- you have a housekeeper -- a woman of beauty and talent -- someone frugal enough to afford a BMW and you want to fire her or spank her just for a few absences? Which is it, really?
    So yes, I am jealous and refuse to comment further! :)
    Happy New Year, please do keep posting you always make me smile despite the tears!

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    1. Oh you cracked me up with this comment! :)))))))
      Yolanda, I doubt my nips are prettier - not yet anyway. I get my stitches out today! going to pop a lot of vicodin.
      Housekeeper Katia is due today - she missed last week. my place is trashed. I know you believe me.

      so glad I can make you smile :)

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  5. So much of your personal writing has been just blisteringly honest and raw and totally compelling. I can imagine it isn't easy to submit that kind of story to anyone for their "approval," but really you're just looking for a good match.

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  6. You must write! It is your destiny, your passion, whatever you want to call it. And we will still be here, even if the comments aren't. Now go! Off with you! Go write!!

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  7. You know what is going to be fun? To watch everyone who has written us off end up with their jaws on their chests because "all of a sudden" we've made it.

    The average (AVERAGE) age for a fiction writer to publish is 50! (Do you have any idea how old that means many of those people are for it to average out that way?) One of my favourite writers (M.M. Kaye) didn't hit until she was in her 70s. And then she lived in to her 100s to enjoy the success.

    I'm sure glad you are a writer and still writing. The only way for that dream to die is for you to kill it.

    So I am glad you took English lessons and found out what it is you love. :) And then share it with the rest of us.

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  8. I love that "black Irish" (as you've called it) picture of you and your dad... we'll leave your sister out of it. :)

    I know for me... things have been crazy. No time to write, read, take a shower... And even today, I sit here with nothing to do, and I can't think of anything to write about. Well, I can... but the words just won't come.

    And OH!!! I once wrote a post about "How To Master The Caulk"... the perverts were sorely upset to see it was about caulking your trim. :)

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  9. Hi Shannon! Thanks so much for coming by my blog today, I'm so glad to have met you through the IWSG. I hadn't heard of Our Salon before, that sounds interesting and I'm going to check it out.

    Looking forward to following your blog!

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  10. Everyone's view count and comments fall off in December because no one has the same kind of time to read blogs when there's so much work to do preparing for the holidays. I bet you'll notice an increase in both now that January is here!

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  11. I like that quote my friend from Dr. Seuss.

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  12. I'm certainly glad we found each other through IWSG. Now comes the best part - where I get to lurk and poke around your blog and get to know you =)

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  13. I like it, you're always working toward improving and growing...that's a wonderful trait, and not easy to do as we get (ahem) Ok I'll say wiser....

    Write on!!!

    xoxoxooxoxo

    MG

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  14. Don't ever give up on your dream.
    You want to connect with some awesome bloggers, the IWSG members are some of the best.

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  15. You know, I don't get many comments and I'm sure it is because I don't comment much on blogs I read either. I have to stop stressing over it. If I have nothing to say, I don't like to leave a comment. It feels false. So don't stress it. Don't give up on your dream, either. You have the support you need in both worlds to succeed! We'll always be here.

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  16. Heck when I first started reading your blog I seriously thought you already had a book out called "Green Monkey Tales" lol!

    Reading your blog is a good dose of medicine for me.

    Maybe you can write about your sexy housekeeper and how she lives a double life. Look at the lady who wrote "50 Shades of Gray" She's making tons from her story and it's not even that well written.

    No matter what you're a great writer.

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  17. You are one of my favorite blogs, and I know I don't comment much, but thanks for writing. Don't ever stop. To be honest, I assumed that you were getting so many comments all the time, that you didn't need one more?!? Ha. I suppose you can never have enough encouragement. You'll make it. I have a sneaking suspicion.
    Do it. You won't fail:)
    K

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    1. I wish I could find someone to do it for me. They'd say "write something and give it to me by monday"
      Then I would do it. I'd wait until Sunday night to write it but I guarantee you I'd have it done by monday.
      Then they would edit it, and figure out where to submit it and then they'd submit it. I wouldn't hear a thing until they told me, "HEY, YOUR ESSAY IS GOING TO BE IN THE MARCH ISSUE OF ..."

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  18. Best of wishes on all your writing dreams. Don't give up!

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    1. Thank you Tyrean! I won't give up .... it's not part of my makeup. :)

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  19. I think the holidays throw everyone into a tailspin. There is less time to post, and even less time to read the posts of all the bloggers I love. And even less time still to comment. I'm playing catchup today!

    Never give up Shannon! You ROCK, you are AWESOME and you WILL be published! Count me as a great big fan of YOU!
    Happy New Year!
    xoxo

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    1. and now that I have nipples.... well, the sky is the limit :)

      Thank you for all the support you give me. So wonderful knowing you're out there. xoxo

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  20. Hey Shannon,

    While I don't read all your articles, I *do* smile when I see a fresh one, 'cos I know you're going to knock the damn ball out of the damn park - every single damn time.

    Damn.

    I love your writing:)

    Happy New Year! Wishing you much success, fun and Good HEALTH in 2013 :)

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    1. thank you Mark and I so love reading what life is like for you and your beautiful family in Hawaii!

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  21. I love reading along with your Green Monkey Tales! I read by e-mail. Not sure how that effects your stats, but if you wanted to drive traffic to the site you could send partials rather than full text. -C

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    1. Thank you Casey! I didn't expect this post to generate anything. Thank you for reading! I'll have to figure out how to send partials but I know some people don't want to be traceable. And... silly monkey me - at first glance I thought you gave me a "C-" and I pouted more than an adult women should.

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  22. Seasons may change, time may heal, life may evolve, and your topics de jour may oscillate, but we would never let you stop writing, even if you wanted to. We'd simply send Boris across the river to kick your arse.

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  24. It is so nice when you realize that your dreams are possible, isn't it?? Happy writing!!

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    1. :) yes, and just holding on to a dream is fun!

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  25. Replies and followers always seem to come and go. I know I certainly cut in and out. I haven't a creative bone in my body right now. It all went out the window. Poof! I try not to stress about it too much, knowing I have been here before, wondering...and then the day came when I line popped into my head. From there a poem ran off without me and posted itself. It sounds like you're doing good Monkey. Shit. I'm bummed I missed all the racy posts. I'll have to go back and check on 'em. It's all the titillation I get these days :)

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    1. more wine, more words! says monkey me! spring is coming ~ (((((hug)))))))

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  26. It goes to show that people like what you want to write! Your personal stories, and the way you write them are what I like to read.
    Jesse

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  27. Very tantalizing titles ;) will surely gets you loads of comments. This year I too plan to write more short stories than last year. Good luck with your goals. Thanks for the encouraging comment on my IWSG post.

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