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?
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*
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
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?