YAY OR NAY WEDNESDAY

Journalist Danuta Kean recently spoke at the Publishers Publicity Circle about blogging. She said that publishers should think carefully before encouraging their authors to start blogs, since blogging involves a lot of work and doesn't necessarily attract a lot of readers. But on the other hand a good blog is one of the few places where an author is able to brand their personality and establish a relationship with readers.

I absolutely love author blogs: Meg Cabot's brightens my day, I look forward to Jennifer Weiner's increasingly infrequent - but always worth the wait - posts and have learned a lot from Jennifer Crusie's various blogs.

But are you interested in authors' blogs? Do they make you more (or less!) likely to read their books? Basically, blogging authors - Yay or Nay and Why?

[Don't forget it's Yay or Nay day at Hippyshopper, Bridalwave, Dollymix, Corrie Blog, Catwalk Queen, Kiss and Makeup, The Bag Lady, Shoewawa and Shiny Shiny, too!]

YAY OR NAY WEDNESDAY - Comments

  • Robin

    Well, I don&#39t remember how I stumbled onto Brenda Janowitz&#39 blog, but that&#39s how I became a fan of hers. I might never have ready anything by her if not for her blog. I also enjoy Jennifer Weiner&#39s blog, and Carly Phillips, I&#39ll have to check out Meg Cabot&#39s as I love her writing.

  • My initial reaction is Yay, of course. As a Trashionista fan, how could I feel otherwise?

    But I&#39m curious...does Danuta Kean have information to back up the claim that blogs don&#39t necessarily attract readers? Some stats, perhaps? I&#39d be interested to know where that idea is coming from.

  • I say yay. When I love an author&#39s work, I enjoy reading her blog just to get a little dose of her voice or sense of humor. It is hard to maintain a blog, so I&#39d say only those authors who are really into it, should do it.

  • treehavn

    Big yay. I&#39m not saying it&#39s for everyone, but I find reading blogs (like Marian Keyes monthly mailout) plugs the gaps whilst waiting for new material. Also, several people I&#39ve known online have gone on to publish successfully and it&#39s interesting to watch the development from &#39spare time writer&#39 to published author.

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