From the Editor:
I want to thank all of those who participated in our poll this last week. Two Drops of Ink has been on a wonderful ride of success. We have seen new writers gain exposure and a following. We have had the honor of collaborating with some real “heavy-hitters” who are widely published, prolific writers — traditionally published and self-published. We have also collaborated with other high-profile blogs and websites. All and all, we have been successful at creating a mega-center for collaboration – a virtual library of grammar, memoir, poetry, and prose from several wonderfully talented writers, bloggers, and authors. Yet, as we stated in the poll, we must stay on the cutting edge. Your feedback is what will direct our future here at Two Drops of Ink.
That said, here are the poll results:
#1 – was a request from our readers for more posts about writing advice (28.99%).
#2 – was the genre of memoir. Our readers love good memoir posts. This will probably come in the form of another writing prompt (23.67%).
#3 – was our “Grammar Shorts” posts (13.04%)
The other poll data was broken down in small numbers from there. Each poll question below the top three garnered about 2-6% respectively. These were our Sunday Spotlight, Wall of poets, The Book Shelf Shout Out, and other regular posts.
Despite the smaller numbers, we will continue to post Sunday Spotlight because it is an important part of exposing our contributing writers. The Wall of Poets may go away. We do get great commentary, views, and likes when we publish poetry; however, The Wall of Poets does not get the exposure we had hoped.
The Book Shelf Shout Out is another collaboration deal for those authors whose books we have agreed are worthy of exposing on our site. Frankly, I was shocked that it hasn’t taken off. If you look online in almost every social media group, you have innumerable authors pushing their books. I’ve often used the metaphor that selling a book is like being a fern on the bottom of the Red Wood Forest trying to glean some sunlight. Yet, we have had very few authors (despite our credibility and a large audience) submit their books for the shelf. We have had less than expected, but we have also turned away several books that were just not good enough to make the cut or a good fit for our site. As the editor, I refuse to give up on this idea that books can be a part of our collaboration efforts, especially when Twitter is a virtual marching army of authors trying to expose their books and gain sales.
We also had readers who, under the “other” slot, asked for more writing challenges and prompts — we will listen, and we agree. In fact, Marilyn L. Davis (our assistant editor) and I have been discussing this idea for some time now.
We now see that our readers, followers, and fans love posts about writing advice, memoir, and grammar lessons the most. We will do our best to push for these types of submissions, hold writing contests that prompt great memoir posts, and I will dust off my nerdy grammarian hat and begin to write on grammar topics more often.
We also have a fantastic resource in our newest monthly contributor Dr. Noelle Sterne. She teaches writing, has authored books on the topic, and is one of our contributors whose expertise in this arena is top notch. Watch for her upcoming posts. Her writing advice will be extremely valuable to writers of all types and stages.
As always, we want to remain very approachable no matter how big this site gets. Please, always feel free to email me with questions, comments, and suggestions.