wine on the keyboard

A weird thing happened

by Kay~Kacey on 5/3/2005

on the way to blogging…

Okay, so I really enjoy reading author blogs. Published. Unpublished. I like getting a slice of their life and a feel for their voice and personality. I first got introduced to blogs through knitters. Yes, I’m a closet knitter. Very relaxing. Good brainstorming time.
Okay, here’s a sock I knitted. Cute, huh??

knitted sock

Anyway, I digress…

You know what I’ve found now? I’m ANNOYED if I go to an author’s site and she doesn’t have a blog. I mean, I WANT to read it. “hear” it. I know blogging isn’t for everyone. They don’t have enough time. It’s not worth it to them. If they’re going to write, it’s going to be on their book. But the fact is, I’m disappointed if I don’t see a blog. Really disappointed. It’s not like I’ll have a reason to keep going back to their website very often. How many times can you look up backlist or an upcoming release? Why do so many authors pass up this chance to have readers come back to their site again and again?

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Michelle May 3, 2005 at 4:57 pm

There are two things that annoy me more:

1. Author blogs that don’t allow comments. What’s the point?
and
2. Authors who post their journal but never visit anyone else’s blog. It’s like they’re accumulating a crowd of worshippers. Okay, so you don’t have to visit everyone’s, but at least a few…

Michelle May 3, 2005 at 5:37 pm

Oh, and groovy sock! :lips:

Rene May 3, 2005 at 6:10 pm

Oooh, I tried to teach myself how to knit and :oops: I’m embarassed to say, I can’t cast to save my life. DIY has a video on their website so next time I have a moment, I’m going to try it.

As for blogging and authors, I’m still in the “I can’t believe they don’t have a website” phase and the “Gee, it would be nice to have recieved a reply to my gushing email. You ain’t Nora Roberts, so the least you can do is reply” phase. I’m fairly new to blogging. I had a raving rant about motherhood and the myth of the perfect mother and I didn’t have a place to put it, so I created a blog. Now, I read alot of blogs to see how everyone else feels about things and to say, hey, I hear you, particularly writers blogs.

I would think it is a great tool to keep readers coming back to your site. Readers are fascinated with writers. I can imagine not being too personal because there are some wacky folks out there, but to express your own frustrations at your craft or to share your triumphs with others would seem like a good idea.

Sheri May 3, 2005 at 7:02 pm

Great points Kacey. And I totally agree. It’s the second thing I look for:
1) Articles
2) Blog
3) Links
I usually already know through other sources when their next book is coming out.:wink:

Olga May 3, 2005 at 7:19 pm

Agree with you, Kacey. I like also when the author has contests and articles on their site, so it’s not only all about their books.

Jill May 3, 2005 at 7:19 pm

Loved your sock!

Teresa May 3, 2005 at 7:20 pm

I love the sock. I’m a knitter too.:beer:

Mary May 3, 2005 at 9:43 pm

Great sock. I used to crochet until I was talking on the phone and crocheting and pulled a muscle. Ouch.

Larissa May 4, 2005 at 7:57 am

I agree. I’m always disappointed when there’s no blog. :shakehead: And I’m with Michelle about not visiting other blogs! I had a friend wonder why no one visits hers, and it was so obvious to me…because you don’t visit anyone else’s! :wallbash:

kacey May 4, 2005 at 8:20 am

Michelle, good point about people who don’t allow comments. Or the people on freebie blog sites that only allow comments from members of their “system”.

And both Michelle and Larissa bring up good points. If you’re not visiting other blogs and being part of the blogging communtiy, why should people visit YOUR blog??

Teresa! Another knitter! I admit I don’t have much for time for it these days. Seem to do it around Christmas time for gifts. (last year my knitted gift of choice was fingerless gloves with a cable down the back of them. Cute and fast)

Tori May 4, 2005 at 12:24 pm

I totally agree, Kacey! And I agree with Rene, too, about authors who don’t even have a website. I mean, hello? It’s the 21st Century. Get with the program, people! :wallbash:

Love the sock!

Amy K May 4, 2005 at 1:28 pm

I agree with you, Kacey, and Michelle too. I have the same pet peeves. And I don’t even need to see DAILY entries from them, maybe just 2-3 a week would make me happy.

Suzanne May 4, 2005 at 4:40 pm

Pretty sock! Yes, I see authors with no comments and wondering why their blog isn’t working and I’m thinking, duh! You don’t go to anyone else’s!

Cindy May 4, 2005 at 7:36 pm

I agree with Kacey. It bugs me when an author doesn’t have a blog. Another pet peeve is the same as Michelle’s. I don’t like it when you can’t post comments.

Love the sock. I couldn’t knit to save my life.

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