Blogs: 10 reasons authors should have one

Blogging is a few years old now, but mainly in tech and online marketing industries. It is now taking off in publishing and writing, as authors come to understand the power of blogging.

If you don’t have a blog yet, here’s why you need to get blogging!

1. People can find you on the internet. Google loves blogs and regular content updates. Blog software allows you to update your blog whenever you like, creating extra pages for your website. These are indexed and over time you can build up a great internet presence so people can find you when searching.

2. Connect with like-minded people. Being a blogger opens up a new world of networking. You can connect with other authors who blog, or literary agents, publishers and communities all over the world.

3. Two way interaction and feedback. You can allow comments on your blog so people can connect with you directly by leaving a message. You can also comment on other blogs. This allows an interaction that cannot be achieved by a static website or email.

4. Marketing you as an author. You can add all sorts of information about yourself at your blog, including photos, videos and examples of your work. You can list your publishing credits, your ebooks, articles, media appearances and anything else you want to use to market yourself as an author.

5. Book promotion. Have a special page for your book where you can add photos, your book trailer, downloads of chapters and any other information on your book. You can do special blog posts, for example, an interview with you talking about your book, or a giveaway.

6. Online sales channel. You can use your blog as a place to sell your books and services. If you integrate with a shopping cart or use a service like Smashwords or Clickbank, you can add links for these Buy Now pages.

7. Writing practice. Blogging is a very dynamic way of writing. Sometimes you will get an idea and want to blog on it immediately. You will do some research, try to write something catchy or useful, and then post it all very quickly. Sometimes you might spend a lot longer on one piece, but generally you write between 500-800 words and get it out there. If you get “bloggers block”, then chances are you are not interested enough in the material to sustain a blog on it, so move on!

8. Blog your book. You can use your book as the key material for your blog. Take excerpts and use them as posts, and then spin off from those posts into new things. This will get you traffic related to your topic/book subject so make sure you have a sales page that allows people to buy your book.

9. Build an audience. People can subscribe to your blog through an RSS feed which means you can build a following who read your work. You can build relationships with these people and get direct feedback through comments and seeing how people respond to your posts.

10. Build your platform. Publishers these days want a “platform” meaning that you have a following, people who will buy your books. If you are self-published, this is even more important as you will need to sell it yourself. Blogging enables you to build this platform in terms of a body of work, an online presence, knowledge of the industry and marketing as well as hopefully some people who are interested in what you have to say.

*This is the first in a series of posts about blogging for authors. Coming up: How to set up your own blog and Top tips on making your blog one to read.

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  1. says

    I just have to tell you how encouraging I have found your blog!

    My own blog has been languishing for some time now and with my intent to finally get my book out there this year I needed a bit of encouragement to work on my blog and put some more effort into networking. So I have revamped it and added some content I have written in various places over the past few years (with still more to come…).

    I must say it is very satisfying to gather some of my scattered writing in one place – it’s almost like a personal review of my history!

    Thanks for being the inspiration for me to seriously start working it!

    BTY – Since you are not so far away geographically, I would love to ‘do coffee’ sometime!

    Best wishes

    Jeannie May

  2. says

    Thank you so much for this. You confirmed every reason I’ve ever had for blogging, and have encouraged me to continue. Excellent information for authors. Kudos and thanks again for posting.

  3. says

    Joanna, you definitely have one of the best blogs for writers and authors that I know of. I have followed your guidance in building my own author’s platform and feel it is now firmly established, with an updated professionally designed website, one-year-old interactive blog, Twitter and Linked In accounts, Facebook fan page for my new book on non-profit boards (http://www.facebook.com/beforeyousayyes) all in place.

    It certainly takes a lot of time and effort to make it work, but I am convinced it is worthwhile and that this in turn, will land me a super contract for my next book.

  4. says

    Thanks for all your posts on blogging, Joanna. Taking the beginning steps of starting a blog has been pretty scary for me but your posts have helped encourage me to take the plunge!

  5. says

    I’m lucky I found this blog. I was looking for information about promoting my book, which is going to be released this weekend. Very useful information.

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