• Musings,  Promotion,  Writing Ideas

    Are Blogs Passé?

    Are blogs passé? I’ve heard blogging is no longer considered an effective use of social media. I don’t know what has replaced blogging, but I have noticed a drop in hits on my blogs. But maybe that’s because I’m running out of new things to say. I’ve focused on writing topics, but I’ve been doing this for several years now, week after week. There’s only so much one can say without being repetitive. I’ve also noticed that I don’t read as many blogs as I used to, even blogs that I always find informative. I’m not sure why, other than time constraints. I just don’t seem to be able to…

  • Musings,  Promotion,  Stress,  Writing Ideas

    Social Media Burnout

    On one of the on-line groups I belong to the discussion has been about blogs (Are they worth the time and effort? Do they help sales?), and commenting on blogs. (Are you being rude if you don’t comment or does it matter?) The topic has also included other social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Goodreads). With Goodreads, the question has been if giveaways actually result in reviews or sales? I’ve just come off two Blog Tours arranged by my virtual assistant, Florence Price. Because I have two mystery/suspense novels out this summer, Florence set up a series of blogs, interviews, and features along with a gift card giveaway for each…

  • Blog Hops,  Writing Ideas

    K is for K.I.S.S.

    Keep it Simple S***. (Here you can put Stupid or Sister or Son or whatever word that would start with S and fit.) I remember hearing K.I.S.S. way back when I started writing. It fits with query letters. A query that sticks to the basics (is kept simple) works best. No need to brag about your mother loving the book or how certain you are that this will be the next best seller. Simply tell the reader enough about the story to entice her (or him), say what genre you think it could be placed in, its length, if it’s finished, and why you’re the best one to write it. K.I.S.S.…

  • Musings

    Why Blog?

    A writer friend of mine brought up a good question. Why blog? Why do we do it? I know editors and agents are saying writers must have an Internet presence, but why do we need to have a blog to accomplish this? What is the purpose of blogging? I know I find some of the blogs I read very interesting and informative, but there are hundreds, no thousands, maybe millions of blogs being written and posted ever day. At what point do we say there are too many blogs? And what are all of these people blogging about? Lately I’ve been focusing on writing with my blogs, but there are…