>Blogging the Topic DuJour

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Coming up with blog topics is like having a baby the natural way. It fricking hurts (and I know pain because my epidural never kicked in with Oldest). Which brings me to the topic du jour. What is the purpose behind blogging? Is it about opinion? Is it for fun? Exactly why do we blog?

Why Blog?

I don’t mind blogging, even though it can be a huge time sink. It generally takes me an hour or two to write my blogs because I’m a)verbose and b) I like for my arguments to be well thought out (particularly since Natalie is exceptionally brilliant at poking holes in my arguments! ROFL) Blogging is a way for me to throw my opinion out into cyberspace to see what fish I catch. Most of the time the people who respond are like-minded individuals, but I do like it when people post comments that make me think. Comments that make me realize I could be wrong about something. Debate is supposed to do that, and I think blogs are excellent vehicles for debate that is handled in a non-inflammatory manner. I hate being wrong, but I do believe in learning, and sometimes one needs to be proven wrong or at least be given a different perspective to learn something new. And NO I don’t like flame comments. Crude and obnoxious behavior is one of my biggest pet peeves, and it’s one reason why I love Hannibal Lecter. He made jerks wish they’d been more polite! *grin*

Other Considerations

Another advantage of blogging is that it’s a way to connect to people. In general, I view it as a connection with people who might consider trying my books or readers who like my books and want to know more about my personal thoughts and opinions. Recently I read a comment where writers were chastised NOT to blog about their cup of coffee or how Fido is doing. I didn’t respond to the post, but my first instinct to that comment was, to quote Geico’s reptile spokesperson, “That’s wrong, that’s just wrong.”

Other Reasons to Blog

I do agree that if an author only uses their blog for chit chat, then it’s not as valuable a commodity as it can be. Marketing a new release on one’s blog should be an important piece of the whole picture. Readers want to be kept informed, and one’s blog is a great way to backup the writer’s website, and vice versa. There’s also a primary ingredient the comment on the other blog failed to mention. Connection with one’s readers is crucial to one’s success, and readers like to get to know authors they read. To dismiss the needs of my readers isn’t wrong, it’s like shooting yourself in the foot. Without my readers, my success becomes obscurity. So for me personally, the purpose of blogging is three-fold, it’s for spouting off my opinions, it’s for marketing myself, and it’s connecting with my readers.

So what do you view blogs as being good for?

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

4 thoughts on “>Blogging the Topic DuJour

  1. >I love it when readers blog about what they’re reading and what they like. Spreading the word about romance is important! Thanks for posting caffey

  2. >I’ve used my blog to share about the books I read, new upcoming books that interest me and reviews I do of books. I just love to share my love of reading and hope I can reach a few who haven’t had the joy of reading such books I bring into my blog.

  3. >Wow! Thanks for such a nice compliment, Maria. I try to keep from being too controversial, although there are times…. LOL

    Thanks too for posting. I love it when people come out of lurkdom.

    Monica

  4. >Your reasons are the same as mine.

    I like to share information. I figure it’s my way of giving back to the writing community.

    But generally, I don’t blog about my day to day trials because I don’t think they’re particularly interesting–even to me. LOL.

    That is kind of a dilemma too. I think readers want to know a little bit about the authors they read, but there’s something to be said about keeping a little mystery too.

    I think you strike a very nice balance on your blog and website for personal and professional information. It’s never felt heavy-handed to me.