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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 08:08 pm (UTC)
I feel different! Although recently I've started talking more about the Book Bundle, my blog was never intended as a promotion-thingumy-bob-jigger.

My blog is a diary, I guess. I started it when I was 15, because I'd heard about this livejournal thing, it seemed like fun, and although I wanted to keep a diary, I'd had a lot of failed attempts.
So, lj is my diary. Even when I was just writing in a notebook for myself, I wrote like people would be reading it. Lj is good because I know it's not just spitting in the wind - people talk to me! I love the feeling of community here.

LJ has become very important to me. I like to think of it as something of a mini support network. If I'm having problems with something in my life, I know I can talk about it here and get help, advice, or just hugs. Hugs make a lot of difference sometimes.

As for long term plans. If When I get published (let's try and think positive here!) I think I'll set up a separate one, and keep this to personal things. I want to keep it as a diary, because it gives me so much more incentive to keep writing. And it's very sociable, I've met some amazing people through livejournal.
Sep. 16th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
'...I started it when I was 15...'

Suddenly I feel reaaaaaaaally old :(
Sep. 16th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Lol, oh dear. I had actually thought it was when I was 13 or 14, but I checked on the profile page, and apparently my blog celebrated it's 3rd birthday this July.
Sep. 16th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Like my younger brother, Methuselah, I don't like to admit how many birthdays I've had, but my blog is a mere baby of nine months.

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