To Have a Blog or Not To Have a Blog?

Thank you for visiting my neglected blog! Which leads me to the question of whether I should keep this blog or discontinue it? Blogging takes time. An effective blog has to be about more than buy my book me, me, me. But lately it feels like that’s the only thing I’ve been posting about. (And, um, to prove my point, while you’re here, please check out the newly uploaded excerpts for my next two books on my Coming Soon page.) *Hangs head in shame over blatant self promotion*

Where were we? Oh, right, effective blogging. To be an effective blogger you need to blog regularly. Yet when I get busy with my writing and/or stressed in my personal life, my blog is the first thing I let slide. (As you can tell!) (I am much more active on my Facebook page where I post daily.)

The experts say it’s better to not have a blog than to have a neglected blog. I’ve considered weekly pictures of sexy men, but honestly, I’m very nervous about the whole copyright infringement epidemic. I’ve also considered doing weekly book reviews, except I couldn’t bring myself to ever write a bad review so I’d only review books I liked. And would people care about a book review blog that only gave out positive reviews? As a way of boosting interaction, on my Home Page I’ve invited visitors to stop by to introduce themselves on my blog. Few do.

So what do you think? Do you blog on a regular basis? What are you looking for when you visit a blog? What are your favorite blogs and why? (Personally, I love Jill Shalvis’s blog. I wish I was as funny and creative and accident prone – well, maybe not the last one.) But I also subscribe to Bob Mayer’s Blog   and The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing  and a few other craft/industry oriented blogs. Why do you visit an author’s blog?




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  • Posted November 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

    Wendy, As you know I blog almost every day and it takes me very little time probably no more than ten minutes. Facebook for me is a waste of time so I seldom post anything there. But if you’re going to blog frequently, you have to have a subject or subjects. Mine is mostly abotu writing and promoting other people. Most people thing three days a week is enough.

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for your comment, Janet! I am happy to be one of the authors you’ve promoted! I wish I could match your productivity!

  • Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    I have wrestled with this one as well, Wendy. I think a writer who produces great volume at a reasonable speed can both blog and write fiction.

    But I am not a speedy writer.

    I’m agonizingly slow. Which my daughter assures me is fine as long as I’m more interested in art than commerce. *sigh*

    So lately I’ve been choosing to spend what writing time I have on fiction. I’ve let the blog fall by the wayside and I find for now I’m okay with that.

    When I get around to it, I may take down my neglected blog in favor of simply having a website telling who I am and what I write. Then if I want to promote my work on blogs, perhaps I’ll see if I can get some guest spots on the sites of more successful bloggers than I have been.

  • Posted November 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

    Aloha! I blog daily … but I am a book blog, not a writer trying to meet a deadline. I suggest you post the same material from Facebook onto your blog. And if you can’t do that daily, how about three times a week or even just once a week? Post info about your research for medievals or books you are looking forward to reading. I think readers like “current content” from authors without having to go to Facebook.

  • Posted November 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    Hi Regina!
    I’m not a fast writer either (mostly because I spend way too much time dawdling on the Internet, but please keep that between me and you!)

    I hope you get your book up on Amazon soon. Not to put pressure on you, but I’m really looking forward to reading it!

    As far as blogging, we’ll figure it out. Guest posts on other people’s blogs is a great way to go too!

  • Posted November 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM | Permalink

    Hi Kim in Hawaii

    Ahhhh, Hawaii. Wish I was there right now! You have given me some great ideas for content! Thank you for that. I like to Facebook and blogging, but it’s hard to come up with stuff people want to read/respond to on a regular basis. But if I just do small posts on my blog, that could work too. Jill Shalvis does that a lot, and I love her blog.

    Thanks for stopping by! I will definitely be checking out your book review blog!

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