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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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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 lisareganauthor@hotmail.com.

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