A warning... this post may be long. A lot of things going through my head.
I'd like to think of myself as a pretty open person. Everyone who stops by to comment or read my posts I treat as my friends, and I hope I haven't offended anyone with anything I've said. It's not meant to come out that way. I'm being myself, which is a bit crazy, a lot loud, and I may say something that's immature. (Okay, most of the time I will.)
I received a comment that I'm being too open. Too revealing. And too unprofessional. That if I choose to keep being this way, I may want to consider the effect it will have on agents who have my book or query. I appreciated the advice, and also that someone took the time to tell me the negative effects from blogging the things I do.
What did stick out to me in the comment (besides what I mentioned above) was that she was directed to my blog because it inspired one of her clients. And as discouraged as I felt, I also felt a bit elated. A client was talking about me, and what I'd done to inspire her. I had no idea my little blog had that effect on someone enough to spread the word. Call me naive (because I am) but when I post, I write for me. I write things I would like to see if I'm having a down day and want to be cheered up. It may come off childish, it may come off unprofessional, but every post is 100% me.
That is also how I write my books.
That being said, I understand where this person is coming from, and I'm sure she's not the only one. My personality can be off-putting. I'm sure I've scared off plenty of people with my word vomit and TMI posts. I also apologize again if I make you uncomfortable to come and visit me. There is no obligation, I promise.
Also, because I know how to take constructive criticism (I think all of us writers do) I'm going to be taking her advice, and toning it down a notch. I do want to be taken seriously in this business, but I also want people to know I'm a *real* person. Someone who isn't afraid to be herself. Striking a balance may take a little bit, so forgive me if my posts seem funky over the next little while.
I'd still like to end with a Harry Potter spell today. :)