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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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chant_1
Sep. 17th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Well, Jon, judging by the number of comments, clearly you have plenty of followers!!

I blog (and I use the term loosely) to keep in touch: my LJ was initially to keep in touch with a friend who is a writer, but I love the social aspect and feel I've made many online "friends" here. I have another blog that's just for family, with pix of the kids and whatnot.

I think that, since I haven't associated my real name with either blog, I'd have a new blog associated with a web site if/when I get nearer to being published.

I agree with what several other commenters have said: I would be more inclined to look at a book by an LJ friend. I wouldn't necessarily buy it, but at least I'd pick it up and look at it. I tend, after reading a book I've enjoyed, to see if the author has a blog. There are occasions where I've read a book that I didn't like as well, where I still follow the author's blog, because I enjoy it. In those cases, I'd be more inclined to at least try another book of theirs.

Good job on yet another thought-provoking post.
jongibbs
Sep. 17th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words :)

You make a good point about using your writer name, though I'm pretty sure you can change your LJ-name without having to start a new blog.

chant_1
Sep. 17th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
I think you can, but...I don't know that this is quite what I'd want my "reading public" (assuming there ever is such a thing...) to see! Like I said, when I started out, this was more a way to keep in touch with a friend. I think I'll go clean slate!
jongibbs
Sep. 17th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Just make sure you tell your friends when you do :)

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