by Jennifer Faye
This time last year everything regarding being published was so bright, shiny and new to me. And the things I needed to do before my book hit the shelves went by in a blur. I tried my best to do what needed to be done. Some things turned out okay. Others well…no need to dwell on those. ;-)
2012 was a year of throwing as many things out there as I could and seeing what stuck. Trial and error is one the best ways to figure out what works for me. And one of those things I dipped my toes into was blogging. Hence the creation of my personal blog, Hearts & Scribbles.
I’ve been asked if I get a lot of benefit from blogging. I guess my answer would depend a lot on what the person means by benefit.
Can I see a direct correlation between my posts and sales? I’ll be honest. No, I can’t.
Can I see my subscriber list increasing over time? Most definitely.
Do all of those followers buy my books? I honestly doubt it, but one can wish. LOL.
Then why do I take the time to write posts or jot down recipes or keep track of the books I’m reading?
Because I enjoy it.
Blogging isn’t all about the writing and selling of books. Sometimes it’s nice just to have a place to put up a fun post or share a really good recipe or share a thoughtful/amusing quote. But there are other times when I get excited about a discount on one of my books or a contest opportunity for readers and I want to share that information. A blog lets me do that.
Right now, I try to post three days a week (but alas not all weeks are normal, deadlines put me way off schedule). These are the normal type posts I do:
Monday Mayhem – for whatever might be going on in my life, writing or otherwise.
Wednesday Weigh-in or Recipe Roundup – these days there have been more recipes because with this last book deadline and the holidays, I totally fell off the fitness wagon. But no worries, I’ll climb back on there soon. ;-)
My Friday Reads – where I mention the wonderful books I’m reading.
All of my posts are a bit of give and take. It provides the reader some insights into the boring…umm, I mean ubber exciting life of this author. ;-) And the Wednesday and Friday posts keep me motivated with my exercise, dieting and reading. With so many things to do, it’s easy to get off track, but if I have a post to write, it adds incentive to get those things done so I have something to chat about.
Lately, I’ve been thinking of starting a weekly guest spot and wondering if any authors would be interested in dropping by to answer a few brief questions and to promote their latest release. But I haven’t had the nerve to open my mouth and ask anyone if they’d be interested.
How long will I continue to blog?
That’s easy to answer—until it’s no longer fun.
And that is my take on blogging. It’s a very personal choice. But if you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it. It will show. Use your energies in other ways that excite you—including writing your next book. As they say your next book is your best publicity.
As always, if you have questions for me or a topic you’d like me to discuss in a future month, I’d love to hear from you.
Until next month, I hope to see you around the net. J