Even after several years, blogs still appear to be all the rage. People surf the ‘net each day to catch their favorites, find new and create their own. So that got me to thinkin’ of the many uses for blogs. Here are a few. Feel free to add to my list.
1. Information. You can glean a hellava lot of information and facts when reading a blog. But keep in mind that it may (and often isn’t) correct. Everyone have their own opinions and not everyone is careful about checking their sources. In fact, over the years I’ve read some doozies.
2. Promotion. Duh. No brainer there. A blog is invaluable to an author when it comes to promoting a new release. Gets your name out there. Keeps fans up to date with your work. Even keeps you on track with personal goals.
3. Personal Opinions. This one can get sticky — particularly around any type of election time. Sure, put forth your political opinion, but let’s not get obnoxious about it. Give your reader a good pro and con blog and leave it at that. Don’t use it for your own personal agenda. Nothing will turn me off faster and will dissuade me from ever visiting your blog again.
4. Updates. A blog is a great way to keep people up to date on how things are going for you. I do this with my personal blog on Fridays … firstname.lastname@example.org – Literally Liz. Most of you know that I’ve been battling breast cancer for nearly 17 years. My Friday “Cancer Warrior” blog allows me to keep a lot of people up to date on my latest treatment and it let’s others going through the same thing know what to expect. In other words, generally share my trials and tribulations. I like to think that I’ve helped a lot of people know what to expect if they find themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to battle breast cancer.
5. Bragging. This comes under the heading and keeping it light. New grandchild? Got a new puppy? Big, fat three book contract? Go for it, but again, I’d say be careful on how gushy you get.
Personally, I think the trick is to try to make your blog fresh and interesting. You need to keep up on it so that people will return time and again to see what you’ve got to say. I’ve gone to sites only to find that the author hadn’t updated their blog in months, if not years. Makes it really easy to forget about that site if there’s nothing new to read.
So, what attracts you to a blog? Favorite author? Interesting topics? Refreshing information? I’m interested in knowing.