Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Quick Reader Poll

My readership has abruptly taken a dip in the last two weeks. Which is worrisome in that one feels one's friends have gone invisibly missing. After all, my virtual friendships here have kind of distracted me from the fact that I don't really have many real-life friendships because I work too much. I'm not sure if it's because I've let you down because I've been too busy editing, or if this is a natural blog cycle readership thing (you guys ever notice how some people read your blog avidly for a month or two, then disappear?), or if perhaps everyone has simultaneously moved to Kalamazoo, where the internet conenction is temporarily down.

Humor me and help me appeal to YOU more directly.

1) I come here more for
a) entertainment
b) advice

2) Moonrat posts
a) not enough
b) too much
c) just about ok

3) If I knew who Moonrat was, I would send her a postcard/query letter/Amazon bill
a) yes
b) no
c) I already know who she is, and I'm taking her out for sushi and karaoke this weekend

4) If the prize of a contest on this blog were an "I [Heart] Robert the Publisher" t-shirt in my choice of color and size, I would enter the contest regardless of what was required of me
a) true
b) false

5) I wish Moonrat told us more about
a) publishing
b) books
c) delicious places to eat
d) her embarrassing personal life
e) Robert the Publisher

6) Feel free to make up a question here and answer it yourself, if you choose (if this were a hard copy form, this would be the bunch of black lines at the bottom labeled "additional comments" or some such nonsense)

34 comments:

angelle said...

1)a
2)a - bc i could always use more to read =D
3)c - well, perhaps just a writing date. oh yeah baby. it's going to be hot.
4)b - i don't know if i can go trapezing around with that on
5)all of the above. but mostly c and d. d bc that's fun. c because well, u know me.
6)i wish moonrat would feed me. where's my pomegranate walnut chicken??

Precie said...

1) both entertainment and advice

2) just about ok

3) yes, unfortunately, i'd probably inundate moonie with mail that oversteps the boundaries...

"I know an editor! Must submit!!!! Don't care if I'm not ready! Must cultivate! More more more!...Oh, and here's what your "3 books" cost me this month!"

4) Well, duh. Contest junkie here! There's a prize? Game on!

5) all of the above...but I do seem to find RtheP and the embarassing personal life the most entertaining. :)

6) Do you think moonrat works too hard? YES.

Josephine Damian said...
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moonrat said...

i regret, JD, to admit i DO know what you mean. however, i'm still in denial. because what would my life be without sushi?! only karaoke, i guess.

Josephine Damian said...

Moon, between NaNo, looming holidays, and Floridians trying to get yardwork done in those few days after hurricane, and before brushfire season, frazzled grad students frantic to finish papers, poster board and power point projects, and the most important event of all: the latest OJ trial, I do not think there's too many people floating around the blosphere!

Don't take it personal. Traffic is down all over.

Humor me and help me appeal to YOU more directly.

1) I come here more for
a) entertainment
b) advice

All of the above.

2) Moonrat posts
a) not enough
b) too much
c) just about ok

All of the above D. Actually, way more than me, which is impressive.

3) If I knew who Moonrat was, I would send her a postcard/query letter/Amazon bill
a) yes
b) no
c) I already know who she is, and I'm taking her out for sushi and karaoke this weekend.

And after going through my book buying/amazon frenzy phase, I mostly rent from the library now.

I don't know who she is but I'd still take her out for sushi and karoake.

4) If the prize of a contest on this blog were an "I [Heart] Robert the Publisher" t-shirt in my choice of color and size, I would enter the contest regardless of what was required of me
a) true
b) false

Me and Precie would compete even if it was for a "I (heart) George Bush contest.

5) I wish Moonrat told us more about
a) publishing
b) books
c) delicious places to eat
d) her embarrassing personal life
e) Robert the Publisher

All the above, but especially E.

6) Feel free to make up a question here and answer it yourself, if you choose (if this were a hard copy form, this would be the bunch of black lines at the bottom labeled "additional comments" or some such nonsense)

Moon, have you noticed raw tuna is starting to taste, well, metallic. I'm writing a term paper on metal poisons and after what I've read about tuna and mercury - I'm DONE eating it. And I swear I can now taste the mercury.

Josephine Damian said...

Well, as long as salmon is ok, I'll settle for eating just that.

When I read last night about the damage mercury can do, this after just eating some weird tasting tune, I said Basta!

Ok, it's time for OJ! Later!

Precie said...

LMAO! I totally forgot...YES, Josephine and I would absolutely duke it out!

Sherri said...

I think you're experiencing the nanowrimo effect. Everybody I know has had a similar dip in traffic.

1)a. b.
2)at first, b. But you do grow on a person, so c. :)
3)b. I've never had sushi. I'm afraid I wouldn't like it.
4)a.
5)d.

Bernita said...

First: Bullshit that you've let us down. Your job and responsibilities comes first.That you blog at all is a gift I'm not going to look in the mouth.

It is Nanimo Month.

1. a - the advice is frosting.Your voice has charm.
2. c.
3. b.
You don't do much fiction.
4. true. I've developed a perverse affection for Robert.
5. a?
Information of the Great Mystery is always helpful, but I like the blog just the way it is.

Jill Myles said...

1) A, though B is not unwelcome
2) A
3) B (Does there always have to be an angle? You know?)
4) B (Much as I would heart a t-shirt, I will not write 1000 haiku in his name. *g*)
5) A, B, D, E

:) I see no problems with your blog!

Maprilynne said...

I reserve the right to not answer any questions because I haven't changed my reading habits.;)

Colorado Writer said...

I come here about 3 times a day. :)

1. both (but I like the advice)
2. more please, but do whatever you want
3. a. (only if you acquire middle grade fiction)
4. I never win contests, but sure. I just can't eat a cockroach or drink any kind of blended up animal/insect.
5. a. and d.

Additionally: I gave a shout out to you on my blog and added you to my blogroll. Okay?

Froog said...

1) Entertainment

2) About right

3) A postcard, definitely. Maybe even a book on your birthday.

4) A ‘Robert the Publisher’ T-shirt? Oh, yes! I think you’ve definitely hit on a major income-enhancing idea there. I just look forward to the day when his saying of the day is: “I've just seen myself quoted on a T-shirt. Except that it wasn't really me, of course. This was some pillock called Robert.”

5) Robert, definitely – he could have a whole blog to himself. The crazed designer – the one who doesn't know how big font sizes actually are - is a very close second.

6) For my next ‘Top 3’ list, I should write on:
a) Non-fiction
b) Fiction in translation
c) Books I’d most like to re-read

moonrat said...

oooo, awesome!

Anonymous said...

Ackk, what were the questions again?

Guess I'll have to improvise. I come here cause I'm a writer and love books and I like the small glimpses into publishing you give in your posts, but I also like your non-publishing posts. It's like reading chick lit, with all your sushi escapades and wardrobe details and crazy boss comments and odd kissing encounters in foreign countries. In fact, sometimes you've got such the chick-lit life that I think you must be making it up, but then again, you swear you're not, so I'll believe you.

No, if I knew who you were I wouldn't send you anything.

I like the posts just the way they are, both in content and frequency. I stop in about twice a day during my pre-write procrastination stints.

Hope that helps!

The Trouble With Roy said...

(1) I come here more for

a) entertainment


2) Moonrat posts

c) just about ok

3) If I knew who Moonrat was, I would send her a postcard/query letter/Amazon bill

b) no


4) If the prize of a contest on this blog were an "I [Heart] Robert the Publisher" t-shirt in my choice of color and size, I would enter the contest regardless of what was required of me
a) true

AND, I would do almost anything for a t-shirt.


5) I wish Moonrat told us more about
a) publishing
b) books
c) delicious places to eat
d) her embarrassing personal life
e) Robert the Publisher

All of that!


6. If I were to make up a question to tack onto the end of a poll, I would:
a) Struggle to come up with something that was funny, thoughtful, and a little poignant,
b) Fail in that struggle,
c) Opt to instead make some sort of meta-question about making the question up, in lieu of making up an actual question, the way cartoonists cop out by drawing "reader suggestions",
d) Include some sort of "all of the above."
e) All of the above.

Keep it up! I love your blog. I'm sorry I don't comment more but I'm not much of a commenter. Commentor. Commentator Whatever.

Terri said...

you guys ever notice how some people read your blog avidly for a month or two, then disappear?

I'm new to your blog (found it during one of my surfing days off someone else's blog). I found it an enjoyable read so I come back as often as I can (usually when I'm procrastinating or my wip mutinies) I'm not much of a commentor (commenter?) but I still stop by to read (and catch up on the posts I may have missed) But I do know the feeling about wondering if anyone's reading your blog. ;-P

here are my answers
(1) a/b
(2) c
(3) a/b/c although yuk on the sushi..it'd have to be the food of my people instead. ;-)
(4) a/b although, I don't know who Robert the Publisher is...sorry Robert
(5) a/b/e (not C because all food is delicious to me and not D because if it's embarrassing, why relive it?)
(6) Additional Comments:
already added them.
=)

Live@theGrouchoClub said...

Moonrat Poem: shower under expensive ethnic food with a rodent moniker...wall of dress up with a monkey...given a name. New York dreams. More words than I've spoken: my life unfolds.


THis is a mashup. I wrote a bunch of sentences about our Moonrat and mixed them around to make pretty, intriguing combos and sounds.

Kaytie M. Lee said...

1) I came for the advice and stayed for the entertainment.

2) C. I take what I can get and don't want you to burn out.

3) Since I've already sent you an email I guess we both know the answer to that question. Only, I'd prefer the karaoke.

4) I agree with Precie: Game On! (Even though I could make my own I[heart]RtP tee-shirt on cafepress, it would mean more coming from you.)

5) Oh, whatever you want. You pick.

6) I always leave these blocks of lines blank. :/

Also, I am intrigued by what someone else said about the NaNo effect. Interesting.

Precie said...

Don't underestimate the NaNoWriMo effect. I think Evil Editor is experiencing a slowdown on his blog too...for the same basic reason.

I'm not NaNoWriMo-ing so here I am! :) Now where's my t-shirt?

Conduit said...

1) I come here more for

A and B - I find the blog entertaining, but when you do drop the occasional educational post on us, it's usually a lot more insightful and enlightening than most other writerly blogs ou there.

2) Moonrat posts

c) just about ok

3) If I knew who Moonrat was, I would send her a postcard/query letter/Amazon bill

a) yes - In all honesty, I would query, but only if I thought the material would appeal. My impression is I don't think it would (unless you do dark, dark, dark fiction with lots of bloodshed and cussing) so I wouldn't waste your time. So maybe my answer is really b) no. Oh, I don't know.

4) If the prize of a contest on this blog were an "I [Heart] Robert the Publisher" t-shirt in my choice of color and size, I would enter the contest regardless of what was required of me

Can we find out what's required before commitment?

5) I wish Moonrat told us more about

a) publishing - because it's educational.
d) her embarrassing personal life - because other people's dirty laundry is always entertaining.

6) Ummm ... still thinking ...

Cakespy said...

1. Both!
2. Not enough :-(
3. Yes!
4. True
5. A,C,E (but all, really!)
6. I love it when you rant :-)

angelle said...

this apparently is one of your most popular posts yet. maybe u should be doing more surveys/polls.

cyn said...

moo

Mary said...

1) advice originally, entertainment followed

2)I'd read as much as you wanted to post but I'm happy with what you do post

3)no

4)true leaning toward false; the tipping point might be what was required

5)all of the above but if I have to pick I'd say publishing

Love your blog and taste in fiction!

cyn said...

1) I come here more for
a) entertainment
b) advice

ans : both!

2) Moonrat posts
a) not enough
b) too much
c) just about ok

ans : c.

3) If I knew who Moonrat was, I would send her a postcard/query letter/Amazon bill
a) yes
b) no
c) I already know who she is, and I'm taking her out for sushi and karaoke this weekend

ans : a


4) If the prize of a contest on this blog were an "I [Heart] Robert the Publisher" t-shirt in my choice of color and size, I would enter the contest regardless of what was required of me
a) true
b) false

ans : b. i'm lazy with contests.

5) I wish Moonrat told us more about
a) publishing
b) books
c) delicious places to eat
d) her embarrassing personal life
e) Robert the Publisher

ans : f, all of the above.

6) Feel free to make up a question here and answer it yourself, if you choose (if this were a hard copy form, this would be the bunch of black lines at the bottom labeled "additional comments" or some such nonsense)

q : what was your favorite food item consumed today?

ans : a corn muffin from wholefoods. well, the muffin butt.

Anonymous said...

Pacatrue who can't post under his name without an error says:

Just to be annoying but honest, I think it's most important to write what you want to write. Since you are anonymous, you aren't building a clientele or some such. Write what you want.

That said, I like the mix of personal stuff and helpful publishing things periodically, but then I'm not writing anything currently so I'm not needy that way. I am sure your blogging traffic would increase if you devoted yourself to serving the publishing community, but do you want to?

If I knew who you were, would I query you? I'd have to write something first.... Yeah, sure, if I thought what I wrote was a possible match, it's always nice to work with someone you "know", but at the same time I definitely wouldn't send you something just because I read your blog. I kind of actually respect your time and all. On second thought, I don't know. Sometimes separating business and even blogger friendship is a good thing.

The Anti-Wife said...

1. I come for both
2. c - OK
3. D - A gallon of Margaritas
4. Depends on the color of the t-shirt.
5. All of the above
6. Why is your background black?

writtenwyrdd said...

1. I just like your snarky tone and seeing a slice of the NY life I never had cuz I'm so boring.
2. Moonrat posts are always good.
3. Can I send you my Amazon bill? I'm quite sure you couldn't afford it. But I'd do your laundry if you'd pay the bill, lol. I'd be more than adequately compensated.
4. True. I heard Robert the Publisher. You just need a Robert cartoon figure to make it perfect. Maybe that could be your contest?
5. Definitely your embarrassing personal life, although all the inside views of publishing are really what draw me in.

I don't always post, but I find your observations amusing, obscure and revelatory...no more than two of those at a time, though. If you can manage obscure and revelatory at the same time, I'd like to see it.

Ello said...

Hey don't sweat it! We are going into holiday mode and the craziness that comes along with it all. School is kicking my ass right now as I get ready to grade hundreds of pages of blabbity blabbity booboo. My readership has been down for the last week, and of course taking off on vaca did not help. But I know Nano is affecting everyone!

1) I come here more for
a) entertainment
b) advice

BOTH!!

2) Moonrat posts
a) not enough
b) too much
c) just about ok

TOO FAST! - But I love that I can always have something to read here.

3) If I knew who Moonrat was, I would send her a postcard/query letter/Amazon bill
a) yes
b) no
c) I already know who she is, and I'm taking her out for sushi and karaoke this weekend

I WOULD SO TAKE YOU OUT FOR SUSHI AND KARAOKE!

4) If the prize of a contest on this blog were an "I [Heart] Robert the Publisher" t-shirt in my choice of color and size, I would enter the contest regardless of what was required of me
a) true
b) false

SO TRUE - HE IS MY BOYFRIEND.

5) I wish Moonrat told us more about
a) publishing
b) books
c) delicious places to eat
d) her embarrassing personal life
e) Robert the Publisher

ALL OF THE ABOVE - I CAN'T GET ENOUGH.

So I have a very selfish reason as to why I wouldn't want you to have a huge readership. It feels nice and cozy now - but if you start pulling in Miss. Snark numbers,we would lose the feeling of closeness as you became overwhelmed with lots of traffic. But if that is what you want, I know a good way to ante up your traffic.

Alex P said...

1]a
2]c
3]c if it weren't quite so fr to go
4]a
5]d and e

6] I know feel huge pressure to be amusing and witty, and clearly I can't perform under that sort of stress. I do think there are evident commercial opportunities in a range of Robert the Published merchandise. Advent calendars with robert the published gems for example...!

moonrat said...

ello--i love your point about community. it's true; it does feel cozy.

and sorry, everybody who had trouble posting comments yesterday--blogger caused at least 3 people problems. boo, blogger.

Church Lady said...

Okay, I still don't have high speed, which means I'm crawling (sigh)

What I mean is, I don't have time, right now, to read all these comments.

But I wanted to send some x's and o's.

xoxoxox

:-)

gemellen said...

the blog is super interesting --- a great mix of professional & personal. & as for #3, i would send you a mix cd.