19 March 2012

Blogging Mentor Monday: Agent Smith

This is L.G. Smith from Bards and ProphetsIs it just me or do you see a resemblance between L.G. and Agent Smith from the Matrix?

Okay, it may seem as though they only have sunglasses in common, BUT L.G. is just as badass as Agent Smith. Her blog is one of my favorites because her posts repeatedly cause me to pause and ponder. What else could a writer ask for? This post and this post are just two examples of L.G.'s Kung Fu writing skills. The woman's got talent! I'm psyched to have L.G. as our Mentor today.

Thank you, Emily, for asking me to be part of your Mentor Monday. I love your blog and am happy to answer your questions. 

Happy to have you here! When and why did you start your blog? 
I just celebrated my one year blogoversary in January, though I suppose that doesn't really count as the beginning since I didn't actually tell anyone I had a blog until maybe the end of February. I had to let the blog roll down the hill for a little while first to make sure the wheels didn't come off. And, of course, I started the blog for the same reasons a lot of people do. I had a novel I thought I was ready to query and everyone said I had to start building my online "presence" so that agents and editors would see that I was social-media savvy. Don't know how true that is, but it's why I started the blog. 

That's a common reason to get started. Whatever lights the fire, right?

How do you come up with your ideas for posts? 
I have a terrible admission to make. I know there are bloggers who meticulously plan their posts weeks in advance, develop theme weeks, or have recurring topics they visit on specific days (*cough*Emily*cough*), but I usually write my posts the night before. I mean, I do let ideas stir in my brain for awhile before I write them down, but I tend to write by the seat of my pants for both my novels and my blog. But to answer your question, I really can't write about something with any conviction unless I feel an emotional connection to it, so my blog posts tend to be about things that are currently on my mind, or writing issues I might be struggling with, or perhaps just funny observations I've made about life. I often resort to posting funny signs on my blog. I don't know why.

Don't lose your system. It works for you!

What is your most memorable blogging experience? 
That would have to be joining the A to Z Challenge last year. I was still new to blogging and didn't have very many followers when I signed up, but by the end of the month I had made a hundred new friends, some of which I have grown very fond of over the past year as we continued to get to know each other better. I would encourage everyone to sign up for the A to Z Challenge this year too, as it is going to be fabulous!

Another advocate for the A to Z Challenge. Awesome. 

What is the top reason you blog today?
I do think my reasons for blogging have changed over the year. In the beginning it was about establishing my voice online and finding my niche as a blogger. Now I blog because of the relationships I've developed with people and because I genuinely love interacting with other writers. I have the smartest, funniest friends on the internet.

I'm with you. Blogging should be about people, not press.

Which would you prefer to be—a best-selling author or Pulitzer Prize winner? 
I don't think anything I write would ever win a Pulitzer Prize, so I'll go with best-selling author. Yes, please.

Ha! I feel the same way. I can envision your name on the best-seller's list someday. I just hope you'll keep up with your blog when that happens. :) Thanks for being our Mentor, L.G.!


Imogen said...

Another seat of the pants blogger! Everyone in the blogosphere seems to have blog posts scheduled for weeks ahead. Me? I write them the very day I need them. Yes, bad I know, but it seems to work.

Nice to meet you Agent Smith

Cristina said...

I'm the same way, I write my posts right before I hit publish.. which come to think of it.. might be the reason my posts aren't all that informative or even coherent at times, LOL

Brinda said...

Hi LG,

I think blogging should be fun and it sounds like you have a handle on it! I'll have to visit you this week. It's nice to meet you.

Richard said...

My blog posts are like yours--just whatever is on my mind that day. I do revise my post before publishing them. I want them to be the best I can make them. Sometimes the first draft seems to work just fine; other times, I do some rewriting. Either way, I enjoy it.

L.G.Smith said...

Ha! Agent Smith. Am I the only one who got completely lost in The Matrix? Probably.

Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog, Emily. I love that word ponder. You're right, a writer can't ask for much more than that from a reader. Thanks again!

Meredith said...

What a great interview! It's so funny how almost everyone starts a blog because they think they need one, but so many people keep blogging because they develop relationships and find out how awesome this community really is. Love it!

Angela Cothran said...

Agent Smith :) It is such a mysterious title. I sounds super professional and stuff!!!

I love to read spur of the moment posts. They have an energy all there own :)

Morgan said...

Love Agent Smith's reason for blogging today ;) Too true!

Fab interview, Emily... Thanks for sharing L.G. With us!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great interview! And I loved the sunglasses comparison! I'm also a seat of the pants blogger . . .too much so . . and I'm trying to at least get a day ahead.

Coleen Patrick said...

I write my blog posts the same way and for the same reason. The topic has to be something I feel something for in the moment. :)
Great interview!

Cassie Mae said...

Oh I'm in love with Agent Smith's blog too! :D And I'm a fly by the seat of my pants blogger too, but I schedule them out so I can overanalyze whether or not to post it for real, lol. :)

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Fun interview! I'm excited about doing A to Z for the first time this year.

And I'm glad to hear other people fly by the seat of their pants when blogging.

Leigh Covington said...

hahaha. This is awesome! I love it. Heck yeah - take the Best Selling Author! Fabulous. And I love that you blog for the relationships. Best thing ever. I love the people! Including you two!

Suze said...

'Now I blog because of the relationships I've developed with people and because I genuinely love interacting with other writers.'

We heart L.G.

And for the recs, she's way too pretty to be compared to Agent Smith.

Shiela Calderón Blankemeier said...

Great interview! Will check out agent smith right now :)

i'm erin. said...

K, I love that she writes by the seat of her pants, because I'm the same way...I guess people can tell that. But LG sounds freaking awesome. I'm off to fan her.

Jolene Perry said...

Blogging is ALL about people :-D

Writerly peeps are the best!

Thanks for another awesome interview!!!

QueendSheena said...

L.G. Smith is cool by my standards. I too started blogging to get my voice/work out there. But now I keep it up also because of the people I've met who I can only keep up a relationship with through the blogs we/I post online.

Blogging is a special experience and it's great that Emily introduces us to other bloggers. Never stop Blogging Mentor Monday.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're blogging now for the same reason I do - this awesome community. And I think I found your blog last year during the Challenge.

Ciara said...

I love LG's blog. I'm trying to become a more regular follower. I'd been gone for a few various reasons for awhile. I'll be visiting her today for sure.

Carol Kilgore said...

Blogging is totally about relationships for me, too. I just came from your blog :)

Hi, Emily!

J.L. Campbell said...

I'm with LG on not being a meticulous planner. Most of the time I start wondering what I'll write about on my way to work and by the time I get there, I know what I'm going to write.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Great interview. I think most of us who started a blog to "establish a platform" end up staying because of the other bloggers we meet. It still surprises me how real connections can be with people we'll most likely never meet face to face.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

L.G. is my hero. She hobknobs with agents at conferences and posts all the elevator chit-chat for me to pick apart and lambast on my blog. She's also wealthy (maybe she has the Kardashians on speed dial). She's going to England soon to have tea with the queen and play polo with William.

Yeah I go there to feel important. Great interview.

Jenny S. Morris said...

I must confess I'm like L.G. My post are usually not scheduled weeks in advance. Some of the posts I get the most comments on are the ones I do at the last minute.

Going over to follow L.G. blog.

Alleged Author said...

My posts are also written the night before unless they are interviews. Keeps it more lively, huh? Great interview!

maine character said...

Thanks for this - LG's definitely one of my favorite bloggers. She cares about her readers, and she has just the right combination of smarts and snark.

Clarissa Draper said...

I often plan my blog posts that way too. Nice to meet a new blogger... and I like your glasses.

Donna K. Weaver said...

A to Z last year was SO much fun! I've already scheduled a couple of blog posts for this year.

Great interview.

L.G.Smith said...

See, I told you I have the funniest, smartest friends on the internet. :))

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Yay for a fun interview! I usually write my blog posts when I sit down at the computer. :) Sometimes I'll plan them, but rarely.

Heading over to L.G.'s blog now! :D

Emily R. King said...

Wowsa! Look at the love, L.G. I knew I wasn't alone. :)

Lynda R Young said...

Fabulous interview, Emily, and Agent LG wasn't bad either ;)

I used to be organised with my blog posts but not so much anymore. And yes I blog for the friends now too.

Angela Brown said...

Loved the interview, Emily and L.G. - erm - Agent Smith :-)

I have agree regarding the posts. Unless it's a guest post where someone is coming to hang out at my "blog place", I don't really schedule the posts. This A to Z blogging challenge has me giving the "schedule posts" think a try. But even then, I'm sort of flying by the seat of my pants with each letter I reach.

M Pax said...

There is a slight resemblance... Although LG is better looking.

I don't always have my posts planned either. Especially now that I'm trying to run two blogs. Agh! I'm nuts. I always love visiting Bards & Prophets.

Waving at Emily.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Thanks for sharing your process. I plan and I randomly post. Sometimes, my mood changes, so I don't want to post what I had scheduled. For the A to Z challenge, I'm going to stick to a schedule. Of course, I haven't finished my posts yet. April is fast approaching.

The Golden Eagle said...

I write a lot of my posts (though this year my A-Z posts I'm scheduling) right before I post them, so to me, the night previous seems much more organized. :P

Great interview!

Jay Noel said...

Been blogging for 7 years now, and I don't know any other way to blog than by the seat of my pants. Makes my blog more current, I think.

I just don't have the time to plan out stuff either!

ladonna watkins said...

Another fun interview. Thanks.

Romance Reader said...

Hi Emily and LG!

Fun and informative post on blogging. Thanks for sharing!


Jessie Humphries said...

I am the worst procrastinator for posts. I think about them and even have sentences pre-written in my head, but the actual post doesn't always come through until the deadline.

Kelley said...

My posts aren't scheduled in advance either!

nice to meet you Agent Smith! :)

tfwalsh said...

I'd like to pre-do my blogs in advance, but just don't have the time so nice to see others don't plan:)

Talli Roland said...

Yay for bloggers who wing it! I often don't know until I sit and start writing. I love that - so different from revising, which is where I'm at now.

elizabeth seckman said...

I keep planning to have great blog planning, but I wing it too.

Stephen Tremp said...

I generally write the blogs just before I post them. The A to Z Challenge will be different. Even with my blog tour I selected topics and wrote them as I went along.

Sarah Allen said...

Fantastic interview! I'm excited for A-Z as well. Did it last year and I'm planning on doing it again. Now off to visit your blog!

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Mark Noce said...

Rad post! But L.G., I don't think you look like Smith;)

Crystal Collier said...

One year, really? I thought it had been longer... Well, LG, I must have found you right after you started.

Here's to breaks and blogging about what's on your mind!

Sangu Mandanna said...

I'm always in awe of people who have all their blog posts organized and scheduled way in advance. I'm very much a write-when-something-occurs-to-you blogger. :-)

Great interview!

Jordan McMakin said...

Fun interview, Emily! I especially enjoy both yours and LG's blogs :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Hi, Emily. Nice to see LG Smith here.

LG, I don't plan my posts in advance either. Only if someone asks to promote something on my blog. And I'm doing the A to Z too!

Sarah Pearson said...

I thought I was the only one who wrote posts on the day :-)

Thanks for introducing me to another new blogger :-)

Maggie said...

"Agent" Smith seems like a great blogger. Thanks for another fun interview. You've got these down pat.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Great interview! I'm envious at how easily Agent Smith writes her blog posts. And speaking of community, I'm off to check out her blog. : )

Melissa Sugar said...

Great interview. Agent Smith sounds so mysterious and secretive; I love it. I am happy to meet another "by the seat of the pants" blogger. I am on my way now to check out her blog. Thanks for the into, Emily. I am also happy to know another A to Z promoter who met many friends last year. I am hoping to do just that this April.

Katie Dodge said...

Great interview. I'm heading over to L.G.'s blog right now. :)

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