I've been thinking about the blogging life a bit lately. I completely love it and the community that I have been able to be a part of because of it. And, for where I'm at right now, I think what I'm doing is working.
But if I let myself dream just a little, and pretend that in the future I'm a published author of Women's Lit, would what I'm doing now still work?
Elaine Vickers recently launched a blog. The concept is brilliant - it's focused on middle grade novels and science (she's a chemistry professor by day) and the way it can tie together for MG novels. While that wouldn't work exactly for me, it has got me wondering if there is a way to morph this blog into something that would appeal to my desired audience more.
I originally started blogging just over a year ago because I felt like a lone woman in the universe. I knew of three other writers (they were in my writer's group) and I knew there was so much information that I just didn't know. I wanted to learn more, to develop my skills, to understand how this whole thing worked. I know so much more than I did then, I know that I still have lots to learn and I'm so very very grateful for each of you to share a little bit of your writing/publishing/keeping your sanity knowledge with me.
With that in mind, I started this blog as a way to pay it forward a bit, hoping that something I had to say would help someone out in whatever way I could. I'm sticking to that idea, paying it forward, but wonder if it is possible for that payment to broaden for a potential reading audience.
I write women's lit, and the more I delve into that little literary world, both through my writing and through my reading, the more I realize how much I love that world. The thing about women's lit that I really like is that it can have romantic elements, but that's not the main point. And when I think about it, when I visit the blogs of published authors, I tend to like the posts that teach me something, that talk about writing (but that's because I'm pursuing it), but I also like the ones that let me see a little into their lives (but not to the point of being a stalker).
I plan to get back on the Archetypal Awareness schedule (for those of you who missed it, sorry. Balancing the start of a new school year and that was just too much) and I'd like to revisit the success stories of people who Failed First. But the idea of writing for my potential future audience is still marinating in the back of my head.
Those of you who have contracts/are published, did you find a desire to change who your blog is for? When you started blogging, what was the reason? When you go to a blog, what are you hoping to receive from your visit?