Rhys on Wednesday, having returned from a lovely few days in Florida, thrashing around writing ideas and future plans with my dear friend Mary Stanton (who writes the fabulous Avenging Angels series).
I've been thinking about blogs recently, why we do them, who reads them and what they are for.
Essentially it's reading someone else's journal, isn't it? So I'm curious to know why our visitors read blogs, what they hope to find when they visit, and which other blogs my fellow Ladykillers read.
When we started this blog the aim was to discuss travel, research and the writing process in our books. I think we've veered a littel off course in that aim. I find that I only check out other blogs where I may learn something useful--Sarah Weinman's blog, for example, and those with insider scoops on the publishing industry. I simply don't have time to read other people's musings--soooooo maybe other people don't have time to read mine.
I know that people visit blogs that are lively and witty and make them laugh. A chuckle a day is a good thing, isn't it? However on my other blog, Jungle Red Writers, the largest number of comments we ever had was on a post on garage sales. So it seems that most folk like to read about lives like their own. They don't want glamor and celebrity. They want garage sales.
Beginning writers also want tips on how to find agents, how to write a proposal etc, but those things are available elsewhere. So I guess the aim is to write about funny garage sales, at which literary agents show up looking for clients. Got it.
The trouble is that Facebook and Twitter have taken over much of the usefulness of a blog. If I'm going on tour and doing book signings, I post about them on Facebook and Twitter about them. So please, dear readers, tell me why you come back to us and other blogs!