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October 14, 2010

To Blog or not to Blog… is not the Question by KevaD

Filed under: Writing life — dangerouslysexy @ 04:00
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In today’s electronic spider web of communicating, we have become blind, I believe, of what it is we are dealing with.

The Internet is forever. I don’t mean in terms of lasting ability. I’m referring to the fact that what you post on a blog will still be there for readers to view years from now.

Your momentary ‘rant’ will sit there like a mustachioed sweaty aunt who saw you naked twenty years ago to embarrass you long after you’ve wished the memory would just go away.

As writers and authors, we need to be aware of how fragile our relationship truly is with readers, the folks who buy our work.

Case in point: an author, who I’ll leave nameless as a courtesy, recently posted this on a publisher’s blog – her publisher’s blog:

Referring to her readers –

“People are lazy. If it doesn’t jump off a shelf and into their goddamn hand they won’t do it or buy it.”

Referring to her fellow writers –

“Oh and no one enters competitions. Cos they are required to do something – enter, not telepathically express interest. ”

With hundreds of thousands of books to choose from, did this author just make your list of books to buy? As a writer, is this someone you think could help advance your career, someone you want to hang out with over a digital cup of coffee?

In fairness, the author is a good person and skilled writer who, once she calms down, will regret her words. But, the eternal damage is done. Posting on someone else’s blog doesn’t come with an eraser.

Today’s writers need Internet exposure. However, caution should be taken not to expose yourself.

Just like the pervert on a corner throwing open a tattered raincoat to display his shortcomings, we can paint an unforgettable image in a prospective reader’s mind, we may well wish we hadn’t.

Before clicking that “post comment” bar, consider whether it is something you want your mother to see. If it is, then consider if it’s something your grandmother would want to read. And then think about if it’s something your readers will hold against you two years from now.

I’m not shy about leaving a post or two on people’s blogs. My purpose is fourfold.

One; I had something I wanted to say, to share, about the topic. It also lets the person who created the blog know I dropped in and liked what I saw. Creating a blog is easy. Maintaining it – – not so much.

Two; My post comes with a link to my own blog/web site. I’m trying to drum up visitors who then might become interested in my work and me and subsequently, hopefully, buy my books.

Three; Writers and authors who stop by may decide I’m someone they’d like to stay in touch with. And I’m a person who enjoys hearing from other writers. I believe we learn from each other and, as a result, become even better at our craft.

Four; On my blog I promote the work of a wide variety of authors. The span covers astrophysicists to erotica to healthy living. I do this for the simple reason I firmly believe we writers need to support one another.

Long ago, before technology shrank the world to a pinhead, writers gathered in living communities to share and hone their drive and efforts. When they traveled from one community to the next, they carried with them threads of their friends to share with new friends. Many times that involved leaving behind a book, and taking a new one with them to their next destination. Today those communities are electronic.

We ‘share’ by leaving footprints on each other’s sites and blogs.

Take advantage of this. Do not be shy about leaving your link (a post) on a writer’s blog. I’m certainly not.

But, what I find curious, is how many writers who I have visited, do not post a comment, a link, on my blog. The unspoken invitation is there for the taking. The advertising of your name, your work, is free, not counting the seconds required to post a comment.

I may well have viewers who aren’t familiar with your work click your link and become fans.

We talk about marketing and ‘how do I get my name out there.’

Blogs and commenting on those blogs, in my opinion, are an untapped resource requiring minimal effort.

Just think thrice before hitting that “post comment” bar.

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