I read a post on some blog yesterday (forgive me, I can’t find it this morning–if you know who, let me know so I can update with links) AH HA, FOUND IT, on Warrior Writer’s blog about a mistake that it seems most writers make when it comes to this blogging thing. We’re told that we need to build a platform, that we must have a website or blog. So what do we do? We pick a platform and we blog. Usually about writing, the writing process, the state of the industry, etc. This is all stuff of vital importance to us as writers, and is interesting–to other writers. And while every writer is probably a reader, and building relationships with them is a good professional move for promotion on down the line, not every reader is a writer.
So why aren’t we blogging for readers? We’re creative people. Why should our creativity stop outside the realm of fiction?
What the heck do readers want to read about anyway?
I posted a question asking exactly that in one of the forums I am a member of on Goodreads. Apart from one psycho chick who seemed to think an appropriate answer was a misspelled homage to Breaking Dawn, the consensus was…us. A mixture of where we get our ideas (I always hate that one), what’s going on with our personal lives, funny stories about our pets or kids. The things that are important to us. Character interviews (I can do that). Freebies or behind the scenes info about our books. Almost anything goes, it seems.
So I started thinking about the blogs I enjoy reading that AREN’T geared toward writers. Kari Lynn Dell’s Montana For Real is a favorite stop because her life is SO unlike mine. It’s like stepping into a modern western. I like visiting Myra McEntire and C. J. Redwine because they make me laugh and always have fantastic book recs and interviews. I like to stop by Mindspeak for flash Friday snippets of fictional brilliance. Beyond that most of what I read is geared entirely toward writers. Being one myself I find it hard to put myself totally in the mind of a reader because really never get out of being a writer.
Anyway, it’s all food for thought as to how we might change up some of our blog programming to connect more with readers.