"But I'm a writer," I retorted. "That's what I do!"
Really, though? Is blogging one of the things that I "do" as a writer?
Now admittedly, I started this blog (as well as my website and my twitter account) to have an Online Presence. Why? Well, to get my name out there, of course. All authors, from would-be authors to struggling-to-be-published authors, to lightly published to very famous authors need to have a Web Presence, right?
Why? Well, so people can Google and find us. It's a given - in these electronic, internet-crazy, online times.
But a Blog, over time, morphs into so much else. Some blogs are fountains of information about books, or agents, or writing. Some are hilarious, some boring, and I have to admit that after keeping up a steady blog for close to two years, there are times when I wonder What in the World should I Talk About?
I mean, I know blogs should reflect your personality, which hopefully will translate into people actually feeling as if they know and like you well enough to buy your books. But it seems like everybody and his brother and sister has a blog these days, so does it really mean more book sales?
When I'm totally immersed in writing a new book - I often post about the writing process, or when reading a lot - books I've enjoyed recently. But I also sometimes get totally immersed in my New Puppy, or my New Donkeys, or Wildflowers, or Kittens or Migrating Birds. All of this stuff fascinates me, and I end up blogging about it because, well I guess because this blog has become a reflection of Who I Am.
One of the most interesting things for me is the Stats that Blogger provides. People read my blog in Australia, India, China, Europe, South Korea, Russia, as well as the United States and Canada. Who are all these people? And why do they read MY blog?
Here's a list of my most popular posts:
- Dogs that Guide the Blind (about my trip attending a Guide Dog graduation ceremony)
- Meet Ginny Rorby (author interview - and I have lots more on my blog)
- Setting, or a Sense of Place (Post about writing)
- The Tevis Cup, or Hanging in there for the Long Haul (about Endurance riding)
Not always about writing or being an author, huh?
So I guess I'm coming to realize that for me, my blog has morphed from a measly attempt at establishing an online presence as an author (although hopefully it serves that purpose also) to something more. Perhaps a sharing of things that I find interesting and worthwhile in life. And it truly makes me happy if other people enjoy some of these things, also.
Do you blog? Has your blog changed over time?
And if you're a reader (which I truly appreciate) why do you read my blog? I am fascinated to know.