Gettin' serious about blogging

It's about time...

For a while now, I've been studying blogs, particularly the blogs of writers, to see what I needed to do to breathe some life into my blog. I've noticed some interesting things.

First, I note that big-name novelists don't have blogs. Nicholas Sparks doesn't have a blog. Nora Roberts, Vince Flynn, Debbie Macomber, Sherilyn Kenyon -- nary a blog among them. What they do have is websites with frequently updated content. Of course, when you're a big name novelist raking in the royalties, you can pay somebody to keep your website updated.

For lesser known authors, including the unpublished aspiring ones, blogs are more common. What I've noted about these blogs is the frequent ambiguity of who to blog for -- readers or other writers.

When an author blogs about show-don't-tell, POV and headhopping, GMC (goal, motivation, conflict), passive voice... that author is blogging for other writers. These are subjects of great uninterest to readers -- at least, by these designations. What they're interested in is story and characters and sometimes where you get your ideas.

Of course, other writers can also be readers.

That being the case, I've decided to blog for both. For writers on Mondays, for readers on Wednesdays and Miscellaneous on Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays may -- may -- find me making short posts such as quotes, interesting comments, tweets, etc.

Due to, um, circumstances (how's that for vagueness?) this new blogging schedule may not fall into place until sometime in February. We'll see.

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