I’ve been hearing lately that blogging has little effect on a writer’s career. Really? Because when I started this journey, the first few media gurus I encountered insisted that a regular blog was essential.
Now, I’m hearing from authors with thousands of followers on their blogs intimating that all of that work doesn’t really help much. (Jody Hedlund is one – her article is here!)
I’m rather torn about this topic because I really enjoy blogging. I love connecting with folks and I love having an avenue to share insights and glean interesting viewpoints from others. But do blogs sell books? That’s not a question I can answer. Jody certainly has more experience than I do on the subject.
But I bought her first two books because of her blog. I don’t think I would have given them a second glance if not for the introduction she gave them. Not because they aren’t good – they ARE! But they aren’t in the genre I usually read. In fact, as I look at my Nook (what I used when I first started this writing journey) I see several books there that I purchased due to hype on a blog. Sandra Bricker, Elizabeth Goddard, Julie Lessman, and Mary Beth Whalen all received at least one sale due to a blog entry.
Again, not that the books aren’t good. Some of these authors have become favorites, but besides Elizabeth Goddard, who happens to write romantic suspense, I doubt I would have even noticed these gals’ books otherwise.
That said, though, I don’t read blogs as often or with the dedication that I had in the beginning of my career. So I am indeed of two minds on the subject.
Your turn: Where do you fall? How often do you blog or read other blogs?