Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Blog-Writing for Authors

The Book Trust offers its advice on why authors should and shouldn't blog. What are your thoughts, writers out there who blog?

6 comments:

  1. I agree with everything that is being said. I find myself much more attracted to what a writer has to say when I have personal access into their "everyday thinking". It gives me even more of a reason to care about what they're writing. I love stalking my favourite writers!

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  2. I use my blog to experiment with topics and ideas that would normally be locked away in a notebook. I also cover and report on subjects that interest me that may not fit anywhere else.

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  3. I'm the same. I like to muse on my blog and direct people to useful pieces of information. I think it makes people engage more with me if they know how I tick.

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  4. I found your posting inspiring, since I've been blogging since 2008 and now have set up a few - the latest one www.shangwe2011.blogspot.co.uk is proving to be particularly liberating. What do you think of lengthy pieces being posted, say in the region of 1500 words, although I know its up to me in the end, I'd appreciate your thoughts?

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  5. Nicole, I like your blog. It looks good.

    I think longer blog posts are harder for readers to get into, but I don't think that they necessarily are less successful because of that. It will just attract a different, perhaps more dedicated audience. I think you do well in breaking up the text with images. That makes it easier to read.

    What do you find has been the response to your blog? I know I get lots of views, but that's not always reflected in the number of comments. It's really random which posts get a reaction and which don't. I tend to get a higher response when I post the blogs on FB, where my friends comment, rather than on here directly.

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  6. Thanks for the constructive feedback/advice about my blog. I agree with you about longer blog posts. What I may do is add pages so that I can add poems, personal essays and keep the general postings fairly short.
    The response to my latest blog - shangwe2011 - has been OK, as I always post a link on my facebook page and get a thumbs up, although not always - it is fairly random as you've mentioned, but I do have a bit of a platform as I've been in the 'business' of community publishing - do visit my website for more on that: www.shangwe.com

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