Do I have to have a blog?

Do I have to have a blog?

Obviously, I have a blog. I actually have more than one. At writers group a while ago, as well as talking to some friends who are writers, the question about having a blog comes up. It’s generally along the lines of “Do I have to have a blog?”

My answer is a big “No”. I don’t think that writers have to have a blog, although I do think it’s an advantage to have a website.

There are some good things about having a blog. This includes it being easy to update information often, and search engine’s like them. The main downside about having a blog is that it can be time consuming to keep up to date.

Most of the information I see about authors and blogging seems to be aimed at non-fiction authors, rather than those who write fiction or children’s books. As a fiction writer, it can be harder to find topics to blog about, but it’s not impossible.

The audience for your blog is something important to consider. From what I have seen so far, most of the people who read this blog are other writers. I share writing tips and other steps on my writing journey.

My amazing web gal is setting up a new site for me at which will be aimed more at readers or, in the case of kids books, the parents of readers. I’m still trying to work out what I will include on the blog over there. If anyone is interested, I can share some of the thoughts I’m having about what to include on my author site.

In short, as an author, I think having a web presence is important, if nothing else than to list books you’ve written, however I don’t think that all authors need to have a blog.

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