Crit Partner vs Blogging Buddy

A comment about blogging buddies by Alyssa, on my last blog, got me thinking. Can you ever develop the type of relationship you have with your CPs with a fellow blogger? And I decided… no. At least, not if your relationship is only through blogging.

Interaction in my CP group is private – there are four of us, we have our own yahoo loop and we email and msn daily (or however often we catch each other). We don’t live near each other, Christina’s in Australia, Amanda and Pat (who really needs to get a blog so I can link to her) are both in different parts of the UK, but it doesn’t matter. We don’t just talk about writing. In fact much more of our conversation is about us. Writing figures when we’re brainstorming, critting, submitting and waiting, but that probably only takes up about 40% of our time online.

Blogging, on the other hand is public. I’m not going to spill anything personal on a blog in the same way as I would with my CPs – who quite frankly deserve to listen to my moans and groans. I mean, they call them selves buddies, but one of them, on the day I started my 3 pages a day before internet regime tried to make me cheat, and another of them wanted me to up my page limit to 5 pages – which I knew would set me on the road to failure…… sorry I digress….

Anyway, what do you reckon?

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6 thoughts on “Crit Partner vs Blogging Buddy

  1. I think sometimes it’s very easy to forget just *how* public blogging is. So yes I completely agree Sara. I’d never spill anything too personal on my blog because there’s no way of telling who might one day read it (such as far flung rellies, significant other or – worst of all – the kidlets!)

  2. ‘rellies’ and ‘kidlets’–I love those terms!

    I would never try to do the whole critique partner thing via a blog either. I just meant I didn’t yet have those people in cyberspace to do shout-out’s and cross-posting with me.

    But I’m working on it.

  3. I’d never put my writing up for a critique on my blog either. You have no idea WHO would be reading, much less critiquing, and unless you value an opinion, it’s useless.


  4. I’d never put a draft copy of anything up on a blog for critiquing. I think you have to develop a relationship with people in order to get worthwhile feedback. Also, say I got published (fingers crossed), I wouldn’t want readers seeing my half baked drafts floating around out there. Stuff like that stays in Google forever, even if you delete the posts.

  5. Alyssa, I didn’t interpret what you said as meaning you’d crit on a blog. Just reading your post sent me thinking generally about CPs and BBs (don’t you just love acronyms!!). A good place to meet people is eHarl chat groups. Even if you don’t write category. I know of loads of people who met that way.

    No worries about the ‘kidlets’ finding me out – I reckon they’d rather read textbooks than mum’s stuff! Though they are threatening to read my book when it’s actually pubbed (rather than on my pc).

    Yet, dd couldn’t read Amanda’s draft quick enough (how fair is that???)

    I’ve never put anything on my webpage either – apart from a blurb. Some publishers aren’t keen on extracts, are they?

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