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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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a_r_williams
Sep. 16th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Looking back at my very first blog post, I see that it was in November 07. Hmmm...what could be happening in Nov.

NANOWRIMO!

I started blogging during Nanowrimo as a way to communicate with other people who were participating. Most of the original group of writers that participated are no longer blogging. I think only one of my startup f-list is still doing so.

I continued to blog for the community, but my reasons have since grown.

# community

# learn more about writing

# learn more about myself

# expand how I am able to express myself by writing on different subjects

# teach some of the stuff I know and maybe help someone who doesn't have that knowledge

# to help create a platform

# it's FUN!

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Long term:

I think I will create other avenues to communicate with my "fans" once I'm published. Different types of journals.

I may use Facebook for promotional type announcements, event schedulling, marketing, communicating with fans about w.i.p

Twitter for pretty much the same type thing

LJ for talking with and participating in a writer community, so it will continue to focus on the art and craft of writing

Then a website where a whole lot of the above combined.
jongibbs
Sep. 16th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent list!

At a recent GSHW meeting, Jack Passarella talked up the importance of an online presence for writers. He had a humungous list of things people could choose from when it comes to getting your name known.

Thanks for sharing :)

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