Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog, and Blog Some More
By Terry Spear
Do you blog? Why?
This is just like creating your stories. Why do your characters do the things they do?
You have to have a good reason—a goal—for blogging. Just like you should have a good reason for anything you do.
Here are some reasons for blogging, good or otherwise:
- To promote your book
- To share something of your life with your readers
- To get stuff off your chest
- Have nothing better to do
- Like to write
- Easier than writing the book
- Addicted to blogging
- Hate to do it, but know editors and agents are looking to see how well you socially network
- To help others, ie-writing/cooking/cleaning/tips blog
- Rarely blog, but have one to say you have one—you know, like you have a blog addy, twitter addy, FB addy, website addy, etc.
Yes, some of these are not the best reasons to blog: Easier than writing the book is probably the worst! If we intend to be published or have more books published, we need to focus on the book.
Some at face value might sound like bad choices, such as: getting stuff off your chest. Sure you don’t want to write about how your boss was so mean to you, or all about your divorce proceedings, or how your neighbor sued you for your dog chewing up his rubber duckie in the backyard wading pool.
But some blogs are fine—like I talked about the frustration of web browsers and why can’t they all work for everything? I know there are techies out there who can give us a good reason, but the average person just knows that it doesn’t work and how annoying it can be. Case in point, I can’t use Blogger on Google Chrome, but I can use Firefox. I couldn’t sign into my electric company’s account with Firefox, I had to sign in using Google Chrome. I can’t register for RWA Nationals on one of them. And I can’t update my web page on two of them. And, no matter how many times I have this trouble, I never think of it before I’m ready to pull my hair out.
With a post like this, readers and writers alike can relate.
Which brings me to another point. If you gear your blogs to a self-help site, that’s great. But if you’re a writer/author, you might want to focus more on readers. Yes, writers are readers, which is why we want to make it general enough that everyone will be happy.
When I’ve written writer-specific posts, my readers let me know they’re not writers. They feel left out. So I stick to general posts.
I write daily. I copy and post to another blog which has another distribution. I share the links on FB, Linked-In, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest (the picture on the blog, but it links to my blog post).
Why do I write daily?
- I’m goal oriented. It’s my daily thing to accomplish first thing each morning.
- It jumpstarts my writing process like a writing prompt before I get starting on my novel writing or editing.
- It allows me to share stuff with readers. I don’t think I have that many readers because I don’t get that many comments, but occasionally, when the mood hits them, or I touch on a topic that they can really relate to, they comment. Recently, I was sharing what a mess my living room is with trying to paint it and we had fun sharing cleaning up when visitors come.
- I help to jumpstart some readers’ days for them. Some readers say they like to pop in on a daily basis to see what I have to say before they start their day. Now how cool is that?
- I’ve had fans check my weather to see if I’m under severe thunderstorms if I’m not able to post, figuring I’m without satellite again. Who would ever have thought?
- I can share when a new book is out, audio book version, review copies, new cover is up.
- I share my voice with my readers in my blogs—like when I had commenters say they were laughing out loud when they read my post about how I was trying to upload a file to Createspace to create a print book and it kept telling me: You need Highspeed Internet. And then the commenters apologized for laughing but said it was just too funny. I meant it to be. It WAS funny. And that’s my voice. In my blogs and in my books.
- I love connecting with readers. I post a link on FB and connect with my fans there. It’s a daily shout out to wave and say, “Good morning!” I share a picture and a blog link and a question or comment.
- I enjoy blogging. It’s not something I have to do, that I feel made to do. I have a really busy schedule with a blog tour coming up and 30 guest posts to write, another conference, edits, and deadlines on new books. But I still love to do it.
- Blogging allows me to leave my writer’s world and connect with the rest of the world for a brief moment in time.
The best reason for blogging is that you love doing it. You don’t have to do it. There are all kinds of other ways to reach out to readers and writers.
That said, I’ve had 1100-1400 visitors on my one blog per day the last couple of weeks. I blog daily there. I have NO comments. If you have regular readers, they give up on you if you go for a time and don’t bother blogging. You want to consistently blog. It really helps to get consistent readers.
Be sure to have a catchy Title. Just like a news article that screams sensationalism, you want something that helps you to catch the reader’s attention. And of course, relates to what you’re writing about.
Hey, and if you’ve written a GREAT blog and no one came to the site that day, you can always recycle it. No one will ever be the wiser. 🙂
So blog to your heart’s content. Or not. It’s truly up to you.But if so, Happy Blogging!
JAGUAR FEVER BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES AUGUST 2013
She’s being pursued by everyone, in more ways than one.
Even in an exotic world of humans, jaguars, and tantalizing creatures who shift between the two, Maya Anderson stands out from the crowd. Interest from human suitors is bad enough, but when male shifters give chase, the real trouble starts.
Who’s the hunter and who’s the prey?
Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it’s Maya’s piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit www.TerrySpear.com, follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear, and like her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/terry.spear.