Today I have the pleasure of sharing a post titled ” Why Authors Should Blog and Top Tips for Great Blog-Post Writing” written by Jennifer Silva Redmond. Jennifer is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant who lives aboard the sailboat “Watchfire,” with first mate Russel. As an editor I thought this would be a perfect question for her to answer. If you’ve ever asking yourself this question, well she has the perfect answer. I hope you enjoy and maybe take her words into consideration.
Why Authors Should Blog and Top Tips for Great Blog-Post Writing
Writers usually write blogs for one of two reasons:
One, they just love to write and the two novels and a collection of short stories they are working on are just not enough to keep their creative juices flowing.
Two, they’ve been told that, as writers, they need a platform, and step one of having a platform is to have a blog.
You don’t need any help from me if you are writing for reason number one, so write on! But if reason number two is your instigation, then read on.
Writers should blog for the simple reason that readers want to know more about the people who write the books they read. How often have you seen an article about or interview with your favorite author and not watched or read it?
So, your blog needs to tell us something about you, not just about a subject. Check out Gayle Carline’s blog, “on the edge of the seat of literature” and you’ll see what I mean. Gayle opens up her life to us–maybe not literally, but enough so that we feel we know her. She makes us laugh with a funny story today, makes us ponder a truth next week…We know her better after each post; eventually, we are invested in knowing her. So, when her newest book comes out, we feel an invested interest in reading it.
The secret is to share enough of your thoughts and feelings to engender this reaction, but not so much that it’s, well, pathetic–or worse, creepy.
So what is the rest of the blog to be composed of? Content is the current lingo for what is needed. Useful content, if you can swing it. Entertaining content, if not. If you can write entertaining and useful content, you’re home free. Write about something you know more than a little bit about, and are more than a little passionate about. Write about something you care about.
Yeah, it’s simple, right?
Jennifer Silva Redmond
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