|One of my two cats|
I had time to waste on the internet on a recent weekend and decided to read some other author blogs. I've realized that I started this blog a year ago next month and I've been posting twice a week ever since. Some writers have been blogging a lot longer. So far I haven't run out of things to write about.
I visited about eighteen author blogs and came to realize with a small amount of chagrin, that I have been doing this all wrong. Many authors write about their books: their covers, their editing, their agents, their release dates. I do a little of that in that I write if a new book is available. But since I have the handy Shelfari bookshelf to the right which leads to my books, or most of them, I've decided that's almost enough. (Since I drafted this, I wrote the previous post which does give more detail.)
It was also confirmed to me, which I have pondered on previously, that some authors haven't posted for a long time--months or even years. Perhaps blogging took away too much of their writing time.
Some authors put pictures of their pets on their blogs. Since I have four adorable pets--two dogs and two cats--I've been depriving my blog readers of the opportunity to see them in all their magnificence. I also noticed photographs of baking efforts and renovations.
Some blog posters are quite political, scorning this or that politician and particular laws or bills. Since I'm Canadian, I try to avoid commenting on American politics. I suppose the closest I come to political comment is some observations I've made in my travels in regards to the poverty that exists in some countries.
Some sites have contests, freebies, pre-orders and book signing details, advice about dogs, recipes . . . I could do that. Maybe.
The conclusion: Author blogs are diverse and varied and there should be something for everyone. Kind of like books! Whatever you're fishing for!