By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund
Happy New Year!
As we welcome in 2013, most of us spend a little bit of time evaluating where we've been over the past year and what direction we'd like to head over the next twelve months.
And as I've assessed my blog, I've decided in 2013 I'd like to try a few new things. One of those things involves connecting a little more with my readers.
So . . . I'm going to switch things up a bit over the next few months and experiment with a new blogging schedule. I'll still be posting twice a week. But instead of two posts geared for writers, I'll be doing one post for writers (on Tuesdays) and one for readers (on Thursdays).
Why the change, you may be asking?
There are several reasons, actually:
1. After blogging about writing and marketing for the past three years, I've tackled nearly everything there is to say regarding writing and marketing. I truly appreciate the ongoing encouragement and support from so many followers and fellow writers. You've all been wonderful! But I'm not sure that I have THAT much more to add to the discussion that hasn't already been said.
I've decided that I don't want to waste my time or yours with insignificant posts. Rather I'd prefer to put my energy into one good post a week rather than two mediocre.
2. I think the nature of blogging is changing. While blogging was once considered essential to a writer's platform, most of us are beginning to understand that a blogging platform for fiction-writers doesn't translate into significant sales (at least for the average blogger).
In a day and age with limited time and resources, writers are realizing their time is best spent writing books—including eshorts and enovellas. Getting our stories in front of readers does much more for furthering our careers than blogging.
3. Now that I have several books out there and a developing readership, I'd like to provide a forum for engaging my readers and talking more in depth about issues that are important to them.
Blogging itself may not provide us hordes of new readers. By and large, our books are the means for growing a readership. But once we have readers, our blogs can be a place for them to hang out and connect with each other and us (at least I'd like to experiment with that).
So, starting next week I'll be moving to the new blogging schedule.
Tuesdays: Growing as Writers: We'll continue to evaluate the state of publication industry, where things are headed, how to survive the climate and be successful, along with all of the usual tips and tricks that come out of all I've learned in my writing journey.
Thursdays: Conversing with Readers: I'll be asking questions like "What hooks you into a book?" or "Have ereaders made reading cool?" And over the next few months, I'll be doing some book giveaways and other fun things.
For those who are both writers and readers, hopefully you'll still enjoy both posts. For those who are only writers or only readers, then make sure to set your alarm clock for the right day.
In the meantime, I'd love to hear from ALL of you! Please let me know some of the topics or questions you'd like to see me address on my blog (either from a writer or reader's perspective).
What are YOUR burning questions? Writers, what kinds of things do YOU want to learn about writing or the publication industry? And readers, what kinds of topics would YOU like to discuss about reading, books, or about author-life?