You Tell Me: What Do You Look For In A Blog?

Posted by Lisa L. on Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Last week, Jeff O had a great post called Will Success Change Your Blog?  He talked about what happens to writers' blogs once they've achieved what we're all working toward:  the coveted book contract.  Blog posts tend to slow down and the blog becomes more about the author's self-promotion than anything else.  I think this is extremely tricky to navigate.  I started blogging a couple of years ago for one reason:  to connect with other writers.  I wanted people who could commiserate with me, encourage and support me and teach me things and I have found all of those things on my blogging journey.  I've also made some really incredible friends and read some pretty kick-ass books by pre-published authors.  The blogging community helped me stay on the querying path when I wanted to throw in the towel and they helped keep me sane while I was on subs.  Now that I finally have a book coming out, of course I want to share all my excitement and successes with the very people who helped me get there!  

But I don't want to be obnoxious.  Or boring.

I definitely like reading about other writers' successes!  When a fellow writer gets a contract or a 5 star review, or hits the best-seller list, I'm super pumped!  I want to hear about it.  But I don't want to visit a blog where every single post is all, "Hey look at me!  I sold nine bajillion million copies of my book and John Grisham is my assistant now and also, look here at the sixty trillion 5 star reviews I got in just the last week!" Let's face it--as supportive as we are of each other, when you've just cried into your keyboard after getting agent rejection # 122 or editor rejection # 18, the last thing you want to hear about is how great Newbie Bestseller 3000 has it over in Greener Pasture-ville.  It's not even because you're jealous, although that is a normal response, it's just because reading stuff like that when you're scraping bottom makes you feel like hammered crap.  It makes you think holy crap, I thought this was bottom but look here, it's a hydraulic drill that I can use to bust right through the floor of rock bottom.  WTF?

Now I don't know what will happen when my book comes out in December.  I'm hoping for the same thing everyone else is:  lots of happy readers!  Of course I hope my book will be successful.  And I'm not gonna lie:  getting your cover art for the first time, seeing your book up on on Goodreads, getting a pre-release 5 star review and awesome feedback from an advanced reader--that sh*t feels pretty damn good.  It's awesome.  It's massively-distracting-to-the-point-where-your-loved-ones-want-to-slap-you-in-the-face-cause-you're-all-silly-and-euphoric-and-thinking-about-your-book-all-the-time awesome!  It is and I wish this feeling on all writers!  If I am lucky and fortunate enough to achieve some success once my book is released, I am definitely going to share that with my followers.  

But I don't want to be obnoxious.  Or boring.

I want this blog to have value to other writers, to be of some use.  So you tell me:  what do you look for in a blog?  What would be most helpful to you?  What makes you rush right over to your favorite blog when you log on to your computer?  What would you like to see?  I know we're all at different levels but I want to hear from everyone.  So what is it?  Interviews with other writers?  Interviews with agents?  Query critiques?  First page critiques?  Writing advice?  Fun blogging exercises/prompts?  

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About Me

Lisa Regan I am the author of Finding Claire Fletcher, Losing Leah Holloway, Kill For You, Hold Still, Cold-Blooded and the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling Detective Josie Quinn series (Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name, Her Mother's Grave). You can email me directly at



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