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Yesterday, Huffington Post ran an article, "Planning a Book Tour? Think Twice" questioning the effectiveness of time spent promoting books on other blogs.
I've been giving this topic a lot of thought since the beginning of the year. Blogging is a big time investment, and sometimes I question its effectiveness. I have decided, at least for the time being, blogging serves my purposes in several ways:
- It's an opportunity to meet and mingle with other talented writers. I love the camaraderie. However, Facebook can provide that too, but with much less time-investment
- Blogs are a great venue to play and experiment with different kinds of writing and gauge reader reactions and are a good place to develop a discipline of frequent and concise writing.
- Blogging also allows me to learn from other writers, depending on how content-based their blog is.
What do you think? Are blogs overdone? Are there too many with the same topics, repeating the same tours? How are you making your content original and stand out? What are your reasons for maintaining a blog?