Evidently there are 689 people who follow this WordPress blog, 170 people who follow my Twitter feed, 167 people who follow my author FaceBook , and 27 people who follow me on Google+. Now, I realize that there is going to be a certain degree of overlap, so I know that doesn’t mean that there are 1053 individuals who read what I post here every day, but still, I have a lot of folks who have signed up in one electronic medium or another to see what I write.
I have no idea who most of you are. Yeah, yeah, I know I probably shouldn’t admit that. Epic Social Networking Fail and all that. But it’s true. I get all of these notices that a new person has started following me on something or other, and I should go check out that person and maybe add them back, but I get busy. Plus I’m tired–this winter has been really rough. And there was a rock in my shoe, the sun was in my eyes, and… I don’t know. After working for a living, and writing, and doing housework, and dealing with my evil cats, keeping track of who reads my blog is pretty far down on my priority list.
So I want to extend an invitation to anyone who reads these words to introduce yourself and tell me what you’d like to see more of and less of here. I know, it can be intimidating to comment on a post by a hugely successful author like myself (you saw the post where I said I made $200 last year, right?) but I really want to know who I am reaching.
So, please, if you read what I post in my blog, take a moment to answer me. Let me know who you are, how you found me, and what you like and don’t like about my blog. Are you a fan of my books, and would you like to see more Book Of Lost Doors content? Do you like what I have to say about writing and publishing in general? Are you here for the cute cat pictures? What would you like to see in this space?
Now, this is where I offer the bribe. I have a number of codes for free downloads of the audiobook version of my first two novels on Audible.com, read by the rather amazing Brandon McKernan. While they last, I am going to give them away to anyone who answers my questions and asks for one–specify if you want Catskinner’s Book or Cannibal Hearts or both. I’ll need an e-mail address for you, so you’ll have to also send me a message via this contact form if you want the code (plus instructions on how to use it, though it’s not hard.) You will need to set up an account with Audible.com, but as near as I can determine it won’t obligate you to buy seven more CDs at the low, low, club price or anything.
I know, I joke around a lot on this site and sometimes it can be hard to tell when I’m serious, but I’m serious now. I want to know who you are, and I want to give something back to my fans.