Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Okay Folks, is Blogging a Thing of the Past?

On several of the email lists people are writing about blogs and many think they are no longer useful. I'd like to hear your opinion.

Here's mine.

I love blogs. I enjoy writing posts and reading what others have written.

I've been a regular on this blog for a long time and I enjoy what others have written. So many different topics and all have been interesting.

Some say that blogs don't sell books. Well, I've never written blog posts to sell books except when I'm on a blog tour. And like anything else, some blog tours have sold books, others not so much. How do I know, by tracking my numbers on Amazon while I'm on a tour. Though I often mention a book or books, especially if I have a new one out, that isn't why I participate on blogs.

I do it because I like to write. For me it's fun to come up with a new topic and write about it. Having a place to write about something I'm interested in is important to me. I love reading mysteries and writing them--and this is a good place to discuss all things mysterious.

I know that changes come along all the time, especially in the promotion part of writing. What once was "the thing to do" might not be now. 

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I like to stick with the things that make me happy. Reading and writing blogs give me pleasure, insight, and make me think. So I guess I'll keep on blogging.

What is your opinion about blogs and blogging?


And here I am a bit younger and with red hair instead of the white I now sport--doing one of the other things I like to do, give talks at bookstores.


Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I'm with you, Marilyn. I read blogs to enjoy new experiences and new friends and I write on mine to share enjoyable experiences. Every now and then I think to mention my books, usually when I'm excited about a new one coming out, but for the most part, I've never really used my blog as "platform" (despite all the writerly advice I read.) I just like the pictures and communications of thoughts and ideas and experiences.

Donna B. McNicol said...

I'm addicted to blogs - writing, especially. I have my author blog, our personal blog, my personal blog, the blog written during our two years of living in Ecuador, a blog about our future Airstream and a blog about the garage build my hubby is doing. LOL!

I average anywhere from zero to 500 views a day, depending on the blog. As long as there are readers, I will continue writing.

As to reading...I subscribe to almost 250 blogs. Not all are active, most don't post daily, some just get scanned, but yes, I still read blogs!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Elizabeth and Donna, so glad to hear this, I am keeping on with my blogging because I enjoy it.