Why do you need an author blog? What do authors blog about? Isn’t it better to spend your time writing stories? How do you have time to blog? Do you make a lot of money with your blog?
I hear these questions a lot, and I realized that the one thing I didn’t talk about yesterday was why I blog when I could spend that time writing fiction.
On a personal level
I blog because it’s fun. I blog because I meet people from all over the world and I get to hear their stories in a way that I wouldn’t hear on a Facebook page or in a Twitter chat.
I blog because it’s a chance to write something that doesn’t have to carry so much weight–or, because it’s a chance to say something important. I can write about Disney or the way my father’s alcoholism affected me or how LeVar Burton changed my mind about re-makes and re-imaginings.
Sure, I could write about those things anyway, but I would be hard-pressed to find a paying market for them. They’re important enough to me that I want to share them with people, but not necessarily important enough that I want to invest the time and energy that would be required to sell them. So, I put them on my blog. I blog because I have things to say and I want to control how, when, and where they appear on the internet.
On a professional level
I blog because I want my readers to know that I’m here. I want them to be able to talk to me if they want to.
I want them to know that they’re not alone. I want them to know that I survived the nights hidden under my covers. I survived the school bullies. I survived the ignorant tirades by homophobic teachers and family members. I survived the years when I was the only person in the world who’d evenread a science fiction book. I survived devastating depression and crushing migraines. They can survive. I want them to hear that because the only places I ever heard it were between the lines of the books I read. If I have the power to make someone’s life a little easier by blogging–which takes me about 20 minutes a day, most of the time–then I want to.
But more practically I blog because I want my books read, reviewed, and talked about. Publishing companies don’t do marketing anymore, even if you have a book contract.
Bottom line? I blog because it matters to me.
What do I blog about? Well, right now I’m taking advice from Daniela Uslan and trying out some new topics, but really I blog about whatever is in my head that needs to come out.
I do concept tests for my series
I blog through my research and writing process because I CANNOT be the only person in the world who thinks about animal symbolism at 3AM.
OH! Before I sign off. The assignment today was “Take Control of Your Title and Tag Line.”
My Title has always been my name. This is my internet space.
When I started, the tag line was “Herding Muses: Because Herding Cats Is for Amateurs.” I still miss that tagline a little, but I wanted something punchier and a little more professional. Artist and Author are self-explanatory. Evil Genius? Well. I’ll let you figure that one out.
I’m participating in several blog challenges and activities this month.
This post is for Blogher’s Writing Lab, #Postaday and Zero to Hero on WordPress, and BloggingFreedom.org’s 30 Day Challenge.