To Blog or Not?

“What characteristics make for an interesting blog? Do you regularly read many/any blogs (besides this one)? Why or why not?”

I didn’t really read blogs until my first book was published. At the time I had no idea how to promote it, but several more experienced authors told me to start a blog. I made one on Blogspot and started making posts. I took great care to speak of books and information I thought other authors would like to know. It wasn’t long before I was getting many visits per day. I think the largest number I ever had was about 500 day. I got loads of comments and discussions too. I was pleased.

But as time went by, fewer and fewer people showed up. The content didn’t change, but I think lots of people just stopped reading blogs. Some may have made a transition to YouTube, Instagram, etc. I never did. So, what blogs do I read now?

There are a few author blogs I like, and I enjoy home remodeling and decorating. I’ve followed some people because they had for want of a better word, a gimmick of some sort. Like the lady with nine children for instance. If the blogger is on a blogging schedule I appreciate having it up on time. Not that I expect every post to be brilliant, but I’d like to read it to the end before I get too bored. I don’t like blogs with too much information crowded onto the page, and I especially dislike having to hunt for the post. I’ve been to blogs where I got so disgusted trying to find the post that I quit hunting. Also, if your blog is a sweet romance blog don’t try to sneak anything erotic by me. Be consistent in your message.

As far as my own personal blog goes, I’m mainly a book blogger there. I still talk about my own work, but I suspect not many people are interested. So what’s your take on things? If you get lots of hits on your blog, please tell me how you did it.


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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12 Responses to To Blog or Not?

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I have to wonder how anyone with nine children has time and energy to blog! I’ve visited a few home remodeling blogs, especially if they have easy, budget friendly ideas. I agree that the message has to be consistent.

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  2. I do think that a lot of people switched over to YouTube and TikTok. My kids keep telling me that is the way for me to go but I feel weird putting videos out there with me in them. I told Wyatt I would give it a try if he makes my content for me. For me it is easier to write something than to make videos.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I guess I like “consistency” — but not so consistent that it’s the same material over and over again. And I like “variety” — but not so much that it will feature extremes.


  4. Elaine, you are not the first to say this. Goodness, I followed authors’ blogs, which is how I met Jeff and began here. Let’s see if I can get this posted. My pc is on the fritz. It’s supposed to be fixed on Friday. Morning
    Keep your fingers crossed!


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I really believe most people now prefer something else.


  6. TRAILBLAZER says:

    Just be positive. Keep on blogging and enjoy your posts.


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