This article is an interesting take on the subject of platform building for an author… not that I’m likely to close my blog down – I find it useful in so many different ways.
I might not be able to stick to a schedule – I do have one, but it’s ignored when I’m working on something (like so much on my timetable *grins*) – but if I find something interesting or useful, I’ll blog about it.
I try not to talk about my books all the time; I wouldn’t want to bore people, but when something interesting or exciting is happening, I’ll blog about it.
On my blog I’ll interview other authors if they want me to. I’ll review people’s books if they want me to. Why? *shrugs* because it’s fun to do something for someone else and if it helps them get their name out there, then the threefold law comes into effect.
Do I have an audience?
Well the WordPress stats say I have a few people who read my posts. Not everyone comments, which (if I’m having a dark grey day) can be a little depressing, but that’s the way of the world. I myself read a lot of things and don’t always comment.
True, it would be nice if my audience went and bought my books… yet I am not going to insist on it by sticking in links to Amazon etc in my posts, because my work may not be to their reading taste. I will allow them the courtesy of finding me on there and making their mind up.
…in fact you might say I have too much fun on FB…
*looks at amount of time spent playing FB games and shudders*
…but it’s not for the sales potential that I go on there. It’s for the people I know on there.
I’m on Pinterest and when I allow myself to go in there, I find lots of beautiful, inspiring things which get pinned on my boards and eat up hours of my time. I get a few repins – which is nice.
I have a Linked In profile as well – but I’ve forgotten the password so I don’t really use it much. I have a graphic blog on Tumblr – but it’s a bit like Twitter… *wind whistles through the trees*… for me, I’m a word person, not a picture person.
So in answer to the question, “Should Writer’s Blog?”, I say – it’s up to the individual writer what they do… the important thing is to do it because you find it fun, not because you want to sell your work.