From today’s Booking Through Thursday:
Do you read any author’s blogs? If so, are you looking for information on their next project? On the author personally? Something else?
I do read author blogs, many of which are listed in the sidebar.
My posts on this blog are reflective of what I enjoy seeing on other authors’ blogs. Since I mostly read historical fiction, I like reading history-related posts, particularly about people and events with which I’m not familiar. I also like reading book reviews, author interviews, excerpts, humorous pieces, rants, and thoughts about the publishing industry. Some well-traveled authors post photographs, which are always a pleasure to see.
I’m not keen on blogs where authors post mostly about their writing-related accomplishments–favorable reviews, awards won, new contracts, etc. It’s the type of information that is fine on a website, but on a blog, it’s frankly a little boring, at least when it’s the blog’s main content. An occasional announcement or an update, such as when a book’s due to be released, is a different matter, of course.
Blogs focusing primarily on the creative process don’t have much appeal to me either. If I didn’t write myself, I might find them of more interest, but most of the time, it occurs to me that the author’s time might have been better spent writing instead of writing about writing. But I know these are of great interest to some–they just don’t pique mine.
Finally, some authors post mainly about their personal lives. Probably because I’m of a rather reticent nature myself, I find this off-putting and somewhat narcissistic. (It also strikes me as unwise–is it all that safe to let complete strangers know that you’re going into the hospital, and why, or that you’re quarreling with your lover, or that you’re experiencing financial difficulties?) But these diary-like blogs must have some appeal–no doubt some readers like the idea of being privy to the sorts of things that many people would share only with those closest to them. For me, though, it’s just Too Much Information.