Saturday, September 13, 2008


Well, I have rather disappeared, haven't I? There are various reasons why, but mostly I've been MIA because I realized how unlike most Young Adult blogs this one is, and I kind of froze in place.

The Fusty Blog is not very Young Adulty at all, is it? By which I mean graphically cool, or manuscript-focused, or information-sharing, or glitter-tossing, or teen-buddyish, or charming-authorish. Those kinds of blogs can be a lot of fun to read (and I do read them with enjoyment) but I can't produce one. As a result, my blog sounds a lot more Old Adulty. So I have wondered if I am hurting myself, as a YA author, or not. I'm not sure.

So I might continue, but I also might make some changes. Not that my blog would end up any more Young Adulty than it is now, as I seem to be incapable of being sparkly. Maybe, though, I can be more unapologetically me.

Or, How To Stop Worrying and Love the Blob.

We'll see what happens.


C.K. said...

I'm glad to see you back! What I like about your blog is that it's not young adulty in any of the obvious ways you mentioned.

I'm just a newbie at being a published author but I wonder many of the same things about myself that you brought up here. Not that I could or would want to be any different but that doesn't stop me wondering when I do stuff like go on political or safe sex rants.

I feel like if I'm going to put in the effort of blogging I can only do it about things that I feel really matter at any given moment, which may not be the same things that matter to young adult readers.

Anyway, I'm curious to see where you go with the blog. I think it should be whatever you want it to be. A celebration of you-ness!!

Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson said...

Thanks, C.K., for your vote of confidence! You are very brave with your own blog (which is graphically stunning, btw). I am too much of a weenie to post political stuff myself, but I feel if this is something you can do well (and you obviously can) then you should. It is part of who you are.

We will have to be brave together. :-)

C.K. said...

That sounds good to me, Kathleen. :)

And thanks for the very kind words about my blog.