What I'm reading: Uncertain Magic, by Laura Kinsale (print)
Slow Hands, by Leslie Kelly (digital)
Thanks to Jeffrey for his great post on finding ideas yesterday.
I've given my take on Facebook and Twitter, so I figured a post about blogging might be next in line. But this time, I'd rather know what you want, like, and don't like. I blog because it's like chatting with friends, sharing information (and maybe the former schoolteacher in me comes out), and learning from others.
What's in a Good Blog? – first my preferences, and my goals for this blog.
Readability: Simple enough fonts, not a lot of bells and whistles, and for me, that means no dark background with white text. My eyes can't read that.
Reliability: I have my list of stops on my blog hops, and if there's nothing new, I'm not likely to check back until my next trip. If you're going to blog, you need to commit to a schedule, even if it's only once or twice a week. I have posts 5 days a week, one of which is a guest slot, and one a "Field Trip" (and I'm still waiting for more pictures!)
Ease of navigation: Here, I'm tied to what Blogger allows (or what I can figure out). There's a search box in my sidebar, so you can look for key words. And since I'm a rambler, I use the "keep reading" click so I can have more posts show up on the home page. I also used the tabs at the top to help keep clutter to a minimum.
Connections: I share links to other blogs I find interesting, and to websites of friends and colleagues.
Comments: I like to thank people who take the time to let me know they dropped by the blog by leaving a comment, so I try to respond to everyone. I don't know if those who leave comments even check back, or use the 'subscribe' option to follow the conversations in the comment threads. But since I like it when others respond to me, I do it for them. I also try to minimize the number of hoops required for leaving comments.
Marketing? Here, I don't think blogging makes a huge difference in actual book sales. While I'd love for everyone who stops by to become fascinated and rush to buy one of my offerings, if that was my reason for blogging, I'd have stopped long ago.
So, what about you? You can just copy and paste this list into your comment if you'd like. Answer as few or many as you choose. And if you'd prefer not to post your responses in the comments, you can e-mail me. And as a bribe, one commenter will receive an autographed cover photo of What's in a Name?
1. What brought you here?
2. Do you come back regularly?
3. If you follow, what made you a follower?
4. Do you ever share a post?
5. If so, How? Twitter? Facebook? Email to friends?
6. Have you ever clicked on the tabs at the top to open a new page?
7. What's on your blog 'do and don't' list?
8. Have you ever bought a book (mine or anyone else's) based on a blog?
Image from creativeeducation.co.uk