Writer's Wednesday: to Blog or not to Blog
I seem to be having a lot of trouble getting back into the habit of blogging. Maybe that's my subconscious telling me something, like... maybe I should only post when I have something to say?
In all seriousness, I've been carrying on with blogging following the "rules" from when I first started ten years ago, and the truth is, everything has changed. I have appreciated the community that comes with being an active blogger, and I know that I want to remain part of the IWSG. But does blogging three days a week make sense anymore? Do people care about my book reviews, when I get around to writing them? (That's an interesting question--I definitely read and pay attention to reviews from a few bloggers I know have similar tastes, or whose reviews make it clear when a book won't be to my taste). I'm not sure about doing the book tours, either, as they carry an assumption that you will like the book well enough for three stars, anyway. For the record, when I haven't, I've backed out of the tour, which is why you only see generally positive reviews.
The only thing I know people like are the photo posts, which don't do much to promote me as a writer! (Note: the things I do to collect those photos don't do a lot for me as a writer, either. Yes, they give me a lot of experiences, few of which directly fit my writing but which I suppose make me a more rounded person, blah blah blah. But they leave little time to write.)
Am I going to quit blogging? Well, no. But it may be time to rethink (yet again?) how I go about it. Meanwhile, I have some more photos, of Stinklet and William Tell and a cat and... a giant croissant.
|Stinklet has developed a tilt. Too much time in Switzerland--like the cows grazing on the hillside, the legs on one side are shorter than the others.|
|But it's a *Swiss* cat!|
|I have nothing to say about this one. There is nothing to say.|
|William Tell and his son, half myth, half truth, all over his birthplace.|
Let me know what you think. Is blogging dead? Do you read my book reviews and ramblings? Do you wish I'd stick with photos?
I don't think blogging is dead. I've found the key is to regularly comment on other people's blogs who blog once or more a week to get them to stop by your blog. You have to balance how much to blog with other things in your life. I still blog once to three times a week, but some of my posts, like my giveaway hops and agent spotlight interviews, don't require me to read other people's blogs to draw people to post.ReplyDelete
Yes, it's the balance that's hard to find. And the main ways of getting readers require a lot of time and effort, which I'm not sure pays off. But here I am, blogging some more.ReplyDelete