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1JohnnyRay
Mar 29, 2012, 12:29pm Top

I am considering creating a new blog, and need to know what readers really want to know about a writer as a person. Not my writing schedule, or where I get my ideas, which are the main questions all writers get.

Writers do have a life. So, I'm open to question here, and I will answer almost anything. But be aware that I am looking for questions that I can use to build a full post out of later for my new personal blog.

Johnny Ray
www.sirjohn.us Remember, this is the author blog, and not the one I am planning on developing.
with everyone's help.

2randyattwood
Mar 30, 2012, 12:25am Top

Whoa. Huge presumption here: that readers want to know ANYTHING about you.

3reading_fox
Mar 30, 2012, 4:19am Top

In general - assuming it's an author whose books I've enjoyed, and I'm looking for more information(I doubt I'd ever read the blog of an unknown to me author, unless someone else directed me there with a specific recommendation. ie they aren't a sales pitch, but they are a fan information tool). What I mostly enjoy is information about the writing process, what book you're working on next, when it's going ot be due, hassle you get from publishers, innane questions you've had to politely deal with, stuff like that. I'm only interested in your life if it's interesting.

4lorax
Mar 30, 2012, 9:23am Top

Look at successful author blogs, by which I mean not only "blogs of successful authors" but "author's blogs that are widely read". Figure out what they're doing, and do that. But as the others say, most readers aren't going to just start reading a random person's blog unless it's very interesting. Of course, if you can't write, you have worse problems as an author than getting blog traffic.

You'll also have different things to do if you're looking mostly to communicate with your existing readers or to attract new ones.

5JohnnyRay
Mar 30, 2012, 1:46pm Top

Randy, I understand, but with over 70,000 followers on twitter, the most of any writer on twitter, I hope someone will care a little about what I am doing. However, I only came here to get some advice and pointers.

Reading_fox. this is very helpful and the kind of list I am working on.

Lorax, I go to many author's blogs, and it is amazing how creative they are.

One of the main problems I am having is that I write under many names. I also write as a ghostwriter for several other writers.

Anyway thanks for the help, and I do appreciate it very much.
Now, I can leave and go back to my cave, LOL

Thanks again,

6MarysGirl
Mar 30, 2012, 4:14pm Top

To blog or not to blog? Some folks swear by it. Others believe blogging and tweeting are a distraction from writing; that the best marketing for a book is to write another one. Just saying that blogging isn't necessarily required.

If you do blog, what to talk about? I personally don't like to read about an author's angst (I have my own), but if they have something that enhances their books, I might take a look. I mostly post about the history and time period I write about. I consider it a gift to my readers and followers, but if I'm working on a new book, it gets pretty short shrift. I figure they'd rather get a new book, than a new post.

As with all questions here, there is no "right" answer. What works for one, doesn't always for another. There are lots of folks who do like to follow the inner workings of the creative process and the arcane nature of the publishing world. So, do what excites you and your enthusiasm will come through in your writing. You'll find an audience...or not. But if you're having a good time blogging, it won't matter which. If you're not having a good time...don't do it.

7LMHTWB
Mar 31, 2012, 2:20pm Top

>5 JohnnyRay: I hate to tell you this, but as a reader, I agree with Randy.

I love to read Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie but honestly, I would never follow a blog about their personal lives. Part of it is because I'd rather be reading their books than read about whether they like Darjeeling or jasmine tea (made that up -- I know nothing about either's tea likes/dislikes). The other part of the problem is that sometimes too much knowledge about the author ruins the author's books.

8GaryBabb
Apr 1, 2012, 9:00pm Top

#7

I can relate about knowing too much about an author spoils the mystic of the author. I have travels the SciFi convention circuit and met many authors, some I wish I hadn't. In real life some turned out to be real a--holes.

9EllenEkstrom
Apr 1, 2012, 11:25pm Top

All I write about at my writing blog is what I'm writing about, or reading, the craft of writing as I apply it, the good days and bad days, sharing reviews of my work, and, I also post reviews of the books I'm reading. I'll comment on my life, such as it is, if I've borrowed an incident and thrown it into a plot. Mostly, I back off from that out of respect to my family and to protect the privacy of my three children and significant other.

10reading_fox
Apr 3, 2012, 5:33am Top

As an example, a new post here has recently gone up. If I'd been following an author's blog, this would have been exactly the sort of story I'd have been interested in. It lets me know why I haven't been able to get hhol do fht enext book that I'd have been waiting for, whilst at the same time informing me of the kind of trials authors get put through.

11Uvi_Poznansky
Edited: Apr 19, 2012, 9:25pm Top

I would add anything about your creativity in writing and any other areas of interest. That's what I do in my blog, http://uviart.blogspot.com .

12EllenEkstrom
Apr 20, 2012, 11:04am Top

Uvi, thanks for your comment - I never thought of adding my areas of interest that wind up in my writing in my blog.

Lately, being sick with the cold from hell and writer's block, I've just been playing Wind Up Knight and Angry Birds, and just barely writing...

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