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Why do you blog?

Like most writers, my long term goals are simple: Get my books published, and have as many people read them as possible. I haven't yet managed the first part, but I've already started work on the second.

Even though I don't yet have a book deal of my own, I set up the New Jersey Authors' Network, a free to join, free to use online database, where authors can get together for multi-author signings in New Jersey.  I did it, partly to help other writers sell their books, but also because, one day, I hope to use it to sell mine.

I designed the network to function without me, and it's already doing just that.  People I've never met use it to organize events at places I'd never been to, with other member-authors who I don't yet know.

Then there's this blog. I thoroughly enjoy reading other writers' journals and posting my own thoughts about the craft, but for me, a blog is more than just a social networking tool. I believe a writer's journal can have a huge impact on his or her book sales. Sure, the book has to be worth reading, but isn't getting the word out the biggest challenge for an unknown author?

If that's true, then the bigger the blog's readership, the better. Now I'm sure there are examples of previously unheard of writers whose blogs were an overnight success, for most of us, it takes time, effort, and a definite plan of action.

How do you develop a large readership?

I would say the answer is "On purpose."

I don't know about you, but I apply the same logic to my journal entries as when I'm writing a story ie: if I can make it entertaining enough and/or interesting enough, people will want to read it. Of course, unlike me, that's not as simple as it appears. You have to promote yourself too, otherwise you could write the most brilliant blog entries the world has ever seen, but no-one will know, so I'm working on that side of things too.

Am I being presumptious by assuming I'll get published? Possibly (I know my old gran would think so), but if I do ever get to hold a book deal in my hot little hands, I plan on having the benefit of a successful journal to help me launch my novel on an unsuspecting public.  Even if that never happens, I'm having great fun with my online friends.

How about you?

What are your long term plans for your journal?

Why do you blog?

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Sep. 16th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
I started blogging here on LJ as a byproduct of reading the LJ blogs of authors I like. I think it was through George R.R. Martin's Not A Blog LJ (which he has embedded in his own website) where I stumbled upon the SFF genre writing community here.

My initial impulse to have my own blog was to be able to communicate with authors as an identifiable person. I was already interacting with a couple of the same writers through their own group writing website anyway and much of their own writing advice and anecdotes found their way more prominently onto their LJs.

After that I decided to use my own LJ as a motivator to push myself to keep at it.

I'm not sure what my LJ will look like once I become published (hey, you have to believe you can to succeed) but I hope I'll find my blogging niche before then.

(When doing a spell check is it always tickles me that LJ doesn't recognize any variation of the word blog.)

Edited at 2009-09-16 06:55 pm (UTC)
Sep. 16th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised how many of us use our blogs (at least in part)as a motivating tool.

By the way, until you mentioned it, I didn't even know LJ had a spell-checker. Thanks, I shall use it from now on :)

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