Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Who the Heck Reads Blogs Anyway?

I've been thinking a lot lately. Yeah, I know, that's a dangerous way to pass the time. Ideally, I like to walk while I think. If I can't walk, I sit and think, often in the bathtub. Usually I'm able to solve my problems or at least get a new perspective on them. There's nothing like walking in the rain to put a change how you see things. On a really good day, I can muddle through the confusion in my mind. Occassionally, I come up with a new bit for the story I'm working on. On a better day, I get an idea for a new story.

What I've been wondering about lately is who actually reads blogs. This all started with Twitter. I have 530 followers (a fact that totally astounds me.) I was going through the list and discovered that most of those followers are writers, editors, publishers, bloggers or social media 'experts.' I've learned a lot about writing and the publishing game from these people, but I'm not sure they're my target audience. The self-promotition gurus claim that you have to get your name out there, and that social media is the way to do that. But is it really getting your name out there if there are no readers following you. Granted, all those people ARE readers, but they all have an agenda. Yes, I am aware of the irony of that statement. But are Twitter and Facebook really places to connect with readers? Some days I have my doubts.

So I am going to take an informal poll here. If you have time, please leave a comment below telling me what you like to read and how you found me and what you do for a living (just because I am nosy.) If you have a blog, let me know so I can snoop into your life.

Me, I'm a writer and a quilter; I love romance (of any heat level), erotica and sci-fi/fantasy (Think Heinlein and Anne McCaffrey). But as a rule, I will read dang near anything. As for the blogs...I tend to hit those by the authors I love, social media and writing blogs, quilting blogs, and blogs of people I knew in high school. My tastes are eclectic. (I think reading blogs appeals to the voyeur in me.)

Thanks for the input.



  1. What I like to read as in books? Oh gosh, that's a loaded question. The only thing I really don't read is science fiction. I just can't wrap my head around it. I have 4 kids so I read lots of children's books, along with anything that catches my eye.
    I think I found you through a blog hop. That's how I've found most of the blogs I follow. Either that or word of mouth.
    What I do for a living? If you ask some people, I sit on my ass all day. I'm disabled with severe back problems, and I just had 2 heart attacks in a month. I'm trying to recuperate right now. Okay, so I might not clean the house, but isn't running a household of 6 a full time job? lol I have a new, small blog called Mommabears Book Blog. http://mommabearsbookblog.blogspot.com/

    1. A family of six. Wow, you are one busy woman. I admire anyone with more than two kids, you go girl. Thanks so much for stopping by,visiting and sharing your life with me.

      I love your blog. Who knew that I stopped in to visit you too? I sure didn't.



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