Tuesday, August 19, 2008

What's a Blog To Do?

I'm in the midst of a website redesign and one of the things I'm adding is a blog. I vacillated on whether or not I should have one. For those of you who blog, you know it's not always easy coming up with ideas. And, for me at least, not easy coming up with blogs that people want to read, much less comment on. But it seems that everyone is blogging and I'm going to give it a try.

What's your take on blogs...excluding this one, of course! Do you visit many blogs? What are your favorite ones? Why are they your favorites? What do you like to read about on a blog? Do you think it's a good idea for authors to have blogs? What are some ways your favorite blogs get people to read and post?

Any and all suggestions are appreciated!


Karen Beeching said...

Blogging terrifies me, which is why I force myself to do it. I do believe it's important to do as a writer, especially if you can't attend many conferences or readers' luncheons. At least you're out there in some capacity for your readers.

But it is so very permanent, isn't it?

Carla Swafford said...

Okay, this is purely my own opinion and personal preference. (Like duh, huh? LOL!) and a long post.

If a person is going to do a blog of their own (published or not), then she needs to blog every day or state up front for the readers a schedule of how often she plans to blog.

Let's say every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Or only when she has news to report (e.g., the call, new book deal, book cover reveal). Why? Because the readers will get fed up waiting for her to blog. People like consistency, knowing what to expect.

For those reasons, several authors have united and do group blogs like this one.

Now for my personal taste, I read the BookEnds LLC (a literary agency), Pub Rants (a literary agent), and another agency’s I won’t mention as I’m hoping they will be interested in my paranormal and for some reason mentioning it feels like I would jinx myself. Silly, I know. As you can see, I have a theme going here and you can guess why I read their blogs. I want an agent and you learn so much from them. There are a few other blogs I read that are not agents, but only when I want to goof off. The only author blog I use to read consistently before they stopped blogging together was SquawkRadio with several authors including Christina Dodd who is the keynote speaker for Southern Magic’s November Readers’ luncheon.

One type of a blog I rarely read: Gossip blogs. No interest.

Now I think it doesn’t hurt an author at all to blog as long as she keeps it positive and doesn’t tell too much about her personal life. There are stalkers out there. Fans love author blogs. They love getting to know the author. Plus the author can post immediately their book covers and news (as mentioned above) without waiting for the next round of updates scheduled by the webmaster.

It all comes down to the individual and what she expects from it.

I warned ya. Sorry.

Christy Reece said...

Karen, I agree it's important to get your name out there. Lots of people read this blog...even if they don't comment. It's a great way to get some name recognition.

Carla, that's excellent information and very helpful.

What are gossip blogs? Is that gossip for writers, or gossip about celebrities?

Carla Swafford said...

I'm was thinking more about the gossip ones tied in with books and authors. They're readers who love books but take hearsay from other blogs or comments from those who visit the site and blow a situation or comment out of proportion. And they can get rather ugly about it too.

Christy Reece said...

Okay, thanks! Mmm. Definitely want to stay away from those.