So, I'm just curious, how many of you actually read this blog and enjoy it? Do you read other blogs too? The reason I'm asking is I read a local agent's blog today and she talked about the need for blogging and if it's for everyone.
I thought about what she was saying and on one level I agree, blogging is not fun for all. To some it is hard to do and frustrating. To other's, they seem a natural to it and have a lot of followers. It does take up time and if you have a regular job, it can seem daunting.
I was told early on in my writing that social media is a must for both traditional publishing and self-publishing. That you need to get your name out there and hopefully build a fan base. On top of having a blog, you need to be on Facebook, twitter, and any other social media you like such as, Pinterest and Google+. And, I did just that. But, I have found that through reading other peoples blogs, and seeing their frustration when they leave their blog address on the LinkedIn sites and no one comments, that it is more than frustrating, it can hurt feelings. We are only human after all.
The problem is blogging has now become over saturated on the internet. Anyone who is trying to sell a book, art, comedy shows, and even their band have blogs to try and build their name and to make a living on it. Even agents have blogs and editors. To many blogs!
I believe one of the things that could stop some of this is traditional publishers should be doing the advertising for their clients. It amazes me that just to have their companies name on your book you have to give them a percentage of your sales and they do either very little advertising of you or none at all. How is that fair?
That is one of the reasons why my choice was to self-pub. I didn't believe I should have to give them 15% of my sales when they do very little for me. So, quit being so cheep publishers, take care of your authors. Then the only one's who would have to do social media would be those of us who self-pub. Therefore, less blogs.
What do you think? I know several of my followers are writers so I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Also, do you think I should keep blogging? If you are interested in reading the article I mentioned here is the link: Should All author's Blog?
Have a great week everyone! Lisa