Monday, September 8, 2014
Is Author Blogging Dead?
While I really don't pretend to know all the answers, I think that social media, and that includes blogging, is taking up more and more of author's time. Sure, we may love it (at least some of it), but
it's hard enough to balance real life (and a full time job for many of us), along with already trying to write a blog and all that goes with it. It's tricky. So a lot of people blog less. And visit less blogs. It happens.
There are also so many other options out there that are faster, require less investment, and may reach a wider audience, than a blog. Facebook and Twitter being some of the top ones, but of course Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest are there, too. I know I find myself using those sites a lot more lately, mainly because they're just simpler, and I can get back to my WIP after chatting with a few people.
So, I'm not sure if author blogging is totally dead, but it may be in need of a little CPR. People are starting to cut back, though I don't see people outright quitting all that soon (I know I won't be! I love my blog!). Still, as the social media world continues to evolve, changes have to happen to stay current and keep up with what we do social media for in the first place: reach our audience. And maybe, just maybe, get some people interested in our books :)
What do you think? I'm definitely curious about this!