Are Blogs Passe? by Debra H. Goldstein
When my first book, Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus in the 1970’s was about to be published, I was advised to quickly create a website, social media presence, and a blog. The result was:
Personal blog, “It’s Not Always a Mystery” – www.DebraHGoldstein.com/blog
I was set, or so I thought. What I discovered during the time that elapsed between the original publication of my 2012 IPPY award winning Maze in Blue, its reissuance by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery as a May 2014 selection, and Five Star’s 2016 publication of Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery, was that technology changed what was needed to attract readers. Websites had to be more interactive and mobile friendly, pictures and crafts demanded a presence on Instagram and Pinterest, and besides having a personal blog, it was beneficial for emotional support and reaching other readers to be part of a group blog, like The Stiletto Gang.
Of course, even though it meant redesigning my website, devoting more time to social media, and writing three blog posts a month (I write the Stiletto Gang blogs posted on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month and alternate having a guest post or one by me every other Monday for It’s Not Always a Mystery), I complied. In my free time, I enjoyed life, produced twenty short stories that have been published and a few still looking for a home, and wrote the first book for a new series that will soon be shopped by my agent.
In five years, both the world of publishing and suggested means of connecting with readers has
Personally, making blog deadlines is sometimes onerous, but I’m always glad when I complete one. I like sharing a bit of myself with you. I also enjoy reading blogs written by others. I always read everyone’s postings on The Stiletto Gang because we are all so different. Although I may not always write a comment on the blog itself or when it is reprinted on our Facebook page, I respect and value the different views we express.
But, what do you think about blogging? Do you think they have served their purpose? Do you look forward to them? Do you prefer ones written by individuals like It’s Not Always a Mystery or group blogs that appear more often, but are written by more authors like The Stiletto Gang?