Over the past few months, I have truly become addicted to blogging. While I have dabbled in blogging in the years past, this new found love for it has opened me up to a new world of possibilities.
As published writers (and writers who plan on publishing), we all need to grasp the benefits that blogging can give us.
1. Publicize Your Books
Many professional writers run a blog, so what are you waiting for? Blogging is a great way to publicize the books you have published.
2. Sell Your Books
While you are talking about your published books, don't forget to link to them using an Amazon affiliate link.
3. Create Your Brand
Reading up on self branding and decide how you want to portray yourself to the world. Work on creating your brand through your blog.
4. Interact With Your Readers
Blogging gives you the chance to talk to your readers. It also gives your readers a change to communicate with you. Readers love having a direct line to their favorite writers. A blog can be that direct line.
5. Build Enthusiasm for a Book Your are Writing
If you are working on a new book, blog about it. Get your readers excited about it. Set a public deadline for when it will be finished and post small quotes from the new book.
6. Keeps You Writing
All book writers have their slow days or slow times. For me, blogging gets the word flow going. Running a daily blog forces you to continuously practice your craft.
So, Why Aren't You Blogging?
If you are still not certain about whether or not you want to go through the steps to setting up and managing a blog, why not try out Google's Blogger.com? It is a free blog hosting option that will get you into the flow of blogging.