I realized I never ran the second part of this interview, so here it is! Here is the first.
4. You’re basically running the blog on a daily posting schedule. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this vs. a less frequent schedule, e.g., weekly?
There is really no disadvantage, except that sometimes I run low on material. As a daily practice, it is both soothing and inspiring. If I’m having a day—or week—where I just feel overwhelmed with work, the mundane, ordinary life—the blog is literally a well I can dip into for refreshment. For me, I think weekly just doesn’t have enough head of steam. But then again, not all my posts are substantive, and I have a lot of contributors. Miriam’s Well is really a hybrid between an e-zine and a personal blog.
5. What about how your readers have responded to the blog have you found most surprising?
Reader’s response is very unpredictable. I was warned about this when I first started and my student intern, who set up the blog, warned me “don’t write to the hits.” As a rule, my readers like the vulnerable, memoir with an open feel, the slightly edgy poem. But sometimes I’ll post something I think is perfectly suited and get minor response—while something goofy or off the cuff gets a lot of likes.
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