Oct 22, 2012

Why Do YOU Blog?

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?

My friend, amazing CP and great writer 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?

17 comments :

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I started blogging because my publisher told me to get my butt online and build a platform. Now I blog to support my friends. And I visit blogs for just that reason - to connect with friends.

David P. King said...

Blogging started out as a platform building thingy, but then it became something so much more. I love connecting, sharing, and supporting all these peeps who are in the same camp with the same goals I have. Really gets the motivation going. :)

L.G.Smith said...

My blog has evolved some since I first started almost two years ago. Like a lot of people I was querying a novel and thought I needed to be online, so a lot of my content was about the process of writing and getting published. Now I focus more on my interests and what the novels I'm writing are based on or inspired by. Some days I question whether it's worth all the effort, but when I look at the friends and contacts I've made it's pretty easy to see that it is. :)

i'm erin. said...

I think I blog because I just have random crap in my brain that I need to get out. But I like reading other blogs because they're insightful and they are like a big support group...sometimes when I'm having a hard writing day I can read someone else's blog and think great, I'm not the only one who is stressing about this.

Angela Cothran said...

I've been blogging less and less lately. But I love connecting to people and I especially love when I learn something new. Keep the AA posts coming :)

Jessie Humphries said...

I wrote a post similar to yours today! How funny. But about writing. As for blogging, I do think I need to re-work the purpose of my blog a bit. If potential editors are going to be looking at it while my agent is trying to sell, it better not have the usual crap on it!

ali cross said...

How funny that this topic is on peoples' minds right now. Maybe because we're coming to the end of a year and people are taking stock of where they are and how far they've come? *shrugs*

I blogged about How to Discover Your Brand today :) http://authorsincognito.blogspot.com

Lisa Regan said...

I started blogging to connect with other writers. I was lonely and dealing with a lot of rejection. The writers I connected with have made this process and journey so much more fun and meaningful than if I was doing it on my own. Now that my book is coming out, it's weird because I don't have as much to blog about but I want to continue to do it to stay connected with other writers.

Julie Luek said...

Wow-- and to add to the list of "I wrote about blogs today" I um, yes, wrote about blogging today-- and the social media and why. It must be kismet. I'm going to have to read the other entries now too.

deathwriter said...

I started my blog to build a platform for my nonfiction book. I continue providing content as many people have told me how much they value it. Most of my readers never comment. Death does tend to silence people.
I guess I feel a responsibility to keep it going. I also have met some wonderful people through the blog.

prerna pickett said...

i also write to feel connected to other writers out there. I don't really have anyone outside the internet world that gets what I go through on a daily basis and it's nice to know I'm not alone.

Annalisa Crawford said...

When I started blogging I didn't realise what a huge community I was joining. I'd seen a couple of blogs by authors I'd read, and I liked the idea of sharing my thoughts about my writing and publishing in general. I've maybe changed the focus a little bit, but overall it's the same as when I started.

Livia said...

I started blogging to post my movie reviews. Guess not, I made myself at home within this great online writing community and now, I blog about writing!

Don't know how that happened...I think you've made me feel too much at home. But, that's a good thing. I love and cherish my online blogging buddies because you are supportive and encouraging of me!

And you're not alone Tasha, I felt lonely too when I didn't have a blog. I felt like I had no support and now I do.

In end though, it all comes down to all the wonderful connections\friendships I've made within this spectactular online writing community!

Great post!

J. A. Bennett said...

I love blogging too! It doesn't fit every author, but I think I've found a haven in blogosphere :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I started blogging after I had my first two books published. Before that I maintained a website, but a blog is more fun and I get tons more visitors than I did to my website.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Perfect question! I do have readers of my books who check out the blog. They are readers and the constant posts about writing probably bore them. What I have tried to do is do one post a week for the writing world and one post a week on a general topic.

Kelley Lynn said...

I started blogging so I would have a 'home' out here in the writing world while I tried to figure everything out. In my home I built my little family, and with a book coming out in March I don't think my blog will change much. I'm planning on keeping a 'writing' blog. (Current one) and then having a website where readers can go and get information, connect with me, etc.

At least that's the plan now... haha