Once again, one of my posts has ticked off the blogging sisterhood of erotic-romance writers, causing them to sputter on their blogs about my "bigotry." For the past several days, their fangirls have been rushing over here as eagerly as if they'd just been offered tickets to a Maury Povich show on transsexuals who steal their granddaughters' boyfriends.* Yes, I have received hundreds of extra visitors in the past few days. No, I am not grateful for the increased traffic, because I haven't been terribly impressed by the intelligence and the personalities of the individuals who have attempted to rail at me here on the blog (I delete all comments containing profanity) and who have sent me virulent e-mails (which I won't stoop to answer).
What's making these bloggers and their followers so mad? Sheesh, what doesn't make them mad? These people love to hate, and I am one of their favorite targets. That they think I'm actually trying to annoy them in order to get attention shows exactly how little they understand about me and this blog. And every time one of them posts something about That Horrible Brenda Coulter, her blogging sisters pick up the cry.
This time they've decided to be offended by a post in which I explained my reasons for excluding non-U.S. residents from an impromptu contest I ran for my newsletter subscribers. Frankly, I can't see why a bunch of erotic-romance writers would be at all interested in how an inspirational writer chooses to promote her new book. Why am I even on their radar screens? I don't read or participate on their blogs, and I never link to them. So why do they monitor mine and then every couple of months, send me a flood of angry visitors who don't otherwise read my blog and who care nothing about my books?
I am continually amazed that so many in the blogisphere believe generating "hits" is the primary goal of every blogger. Ramping up the visitor tally by any and all means available isn't my goal, and neither is it the goal of the bloggers I admire and try to emulate. I will never understand bloggers who pride themselves on "ranting" and "snarking" and whipping their readers into an angry frenzy. And to put it bluntly, the kind of reader who responds to those ploys by rushing over here to see if the attacking bloggers have drawn any of my blood is not a reader I'm interested in adding to my audience. I prefer well-mannered women and men who enjoy a good discussion and who don't search for insults in every line I write. If you are one of those, please know that I'm grateful for your interest in my blog and that I welcome your comments, even when you disagree with something I've posted.
As for the rest of you, read this blog or don't. It's nothing to me. It's not like I'm paying for bandwidth here.
*I can hardly wait to see the Google hits I'm going to get because of that sentence.