Who Reads a Blog?

Barbara Vey -- December 23rd, 2011

I recently had a conversation with a New York Times Bestselling author about blogs and who they’re for.  Her feeling was blogs, such as mine, are meant for readers.  It should be a safe place for readers to go to and say what they want without the authors butting in with their opinions.  The readers shouldn’t have to worry that what they say will be taken wrong by the author and then have the author come on to give their two cents.

 

While I adore this author and her books, I have to disagree.  I’ve found that in the past 4 1/2 years that I’ve been writing this blog, the feedback I get the most from readers is that they love the interaction with the authors.  It creates a connection and the readers find themselves drawn to any authors who take the time to communicate with them.

 

This is especially true during my March anniversary parties.  Conversations are always taking place, but the site really lights up when an author joins in.  The readers are in awe and feel it’s very special for an author to take time out from their busy day to converse with readers.  I know this because I’ve asked readers.

 

I remember being on author’s bulletin boards, years ago, and talking with other avid readers about the books and characters.  It was fun and interesting, but on the days when the author would grace us with her presence was magical.  The idea that she read what we were discussing and thinking and going through was amazing to me.  That little comment, even once a month, was enough to have me coming back often.

 

I know I’m taking a leap here, but I’m assuming all you authors out there are also readers, so you are more than welcome here with any cap you are wearing.  Feel free to read the blog and even comment on it.  We’re all friends here.

 

Now you tell me.  Are authors welcome to comment on reader’s blogs?  Anyone intimidated by that?  Authors do you feel you have to choose to be a reader or author depending on the blog?  Or can you belong to both?  Readers, do you enjoy hearing authors comments?

 

Bottom Line:  “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot & write a lot.” ~  Stephen King

94 thoughts on “Who Reads a Blog?

  1. Nancy Naigle

    I love interacting with the authors of the books I love. It’s a very special connection and I treasure those moments. Maybe that makes me a reader geek.

    As a debut author this year, I wear the same hat. It’s still me and I like to chat with folks that I have common interests with so I hope they won’t mind if I chime in and interact!!
    Hugs and happy reading~
    Nancy

  2. Leiha

    I love hearing from authors and I love when authors are fans and friends with other authors. As a fan it’s great fun to interact with authors. The only thing I don’t like is when an author joins a board or blog just to promote themselves versus being part of a community.

  3. Shiloh Walker

    Honestly, I think it mostly depends on how the author does it. If the readers are talking book recs and an author wades in hamfisted and starts pushing her books, we all know that’s tacky.

    But if the author isn’t doing that, it’s been my experience that generally readers seem to like talking to authors. That’s not always the case, but many readers seem to be okay with it…which is good, cuz I kind of like to talk. O.o

  4. Carla Swafford

    As a reader, I love talking with authors. Hearing how they came up with their ideas and hear about the background of “their people.”

    As a writer, I love it when readers ask me questions about my current released book and future books, especially when they talk about the characters as real people. Well, they’re real to us. LOL!

    My sister, who’s a reader and not writer, loves talking with authors on-line as she’s a big time introvert and only recently started goiing to Readers Luncheons with me. Thankfully, the first luncheon I talked her into going, we sat with Beverly Barton. My sis’s all time favorite author. If she hadn’t, I know she would’ve regretted it as Beverly left us this year. We all miss her.

  5. Dianna Love

    I think the greatest thing about becoming an author is having any opportunity to interact with a reader.

    Before I started writing, I thought an author would have no interest in talking to me, just a reader. After my first book came out I found out how wrong I was because it meant the world to me to have a reader talk “to me,” and it still does. I love that this blog is about readers and authors interacting, and would hope that any author who doesn’t agree with an opinion remembers to treat readers with the same respect as they want themselves.

    I’m still a voracious reader and enjoy interacting with authors as well. It would be a shame to keep one from the other. Your blog does a terrific job of bringing us together in a positive atmosphere. Thanks for all you do doing the year for all of us, Barbara. Have a wonderful holiday!

  6. Erik Deckers

    I will interact with readers and bloggers when they review one of my books. Since I write books about social media, many of the commenters are asking questions of the reviewer about the book content that I am able to answer. So why shouldn’t I respond? For one thing, it gives the reviewer more credibility. For another, it gives me a chance to interact with someone and share some knowledge. And for a third, it may help that person decide to buy a copy of my book. If taking 2 minutes to answer a question to sell books, I’ll answer questions and interact with readers all day long.

  7. Christine T.

    I know a lot of authors comment in this blog–and I know that I don’t always know who they are. I think it’s fun when the authors offer comments as readers or add in their experiences at a conference. As long as an author is not doing blatant self-promotion it’s fine.

    P.S. While I always enjoy the WW Ladies Book Club, I miss ‘Your Turn’ Fridays. I got some good reading suggestions from my fellow readers!

  8. Marilyn Baron

    As an author and an avid reader I appreciate the opportunity your blog offers to interact from both perspectives. As a blogger on Petit Fours and Hot Tamales when we review a book and the author comments, I’m thrilled or when we feature a guest blogger, I love getting advice from a published author. Participating in The “Friends from Beyond Her Book Party” Facebook site you inspired after your anniversary party has been one of the most wonderful experiences ever because it’s the perfect blend of authors and readers connecting and sharing.

  9. Linda Austin

    I’m always happy when authors discover I’ve blogged about their books or their author events and leave a comment of thanks or a bit more detail. I post author interviews, too, because readers and writers seem to enjoy hearing the background info. They may not make it to real author events, but blogs and comments can be conveniently read anytime.

  10. Melissa B

    I love, love the interaction w/ the authors. I remember way back in the day, when I first got a computer ~ the VERY first thing I did was go to Nora Roberts website, which back then was http://www.lightst.com ~~ and I found a message on AOL she was on. She commented on something I said, and OMG, I walked on AIR forever over that, and to this very day I think that’s what has made me such an avid romance adict and pimp, lol. I truly hold those authors that take that time out to interact w/ readers, even if it’s just a few lines a month, in high esteem, because it makes me feel like they appreciate us. And with the many, many ways to interact out there today, FB, Twitter, blogs, etc., it’s simple to reach out, and you can control the time you give ~ and authors really would be amazed at how us readers feel all glowy inside when they take that time!!

  11. Aemelia

    I enjoy it when authors interact with us readers! But like it’s been said earlier, if they just keep self-promoting I’m going to get annoyed quickly and I get put off when authors want to justify negative review.
    I like to discuss their books with them, but I also want to talk about other day to day things or what THEY are reading.

  12. Mich

    Oh, definitely authors are welcome to comment on reader’s blogs. Isn’t that the whole point of blogging. Isn’t a blog and social media all about dialogue and interacting. Unfortunately, all to often, people tend to say/write their two cents and leave it at that. Those are the blogs one doesn’t go back to :-) )

  13. M. Lynx Qualey

    Yes, I suppose it depends on what hat the author is wearing when she (or he) posts. Sometimes, when an author posts, it’s because she googled her name and is rebutting some particular in a review, which is fine, but…unattractive. But those authors who approach as readers are delightful.

  14. Helene

    I prefer blogs where the authors interact with those who comment. If they don’t it feels as though I’ve been invited to a party where the host has gone to bed early leaving the guests to chat amongst themselves…

    I realise not everyone who comments drops by again to continue the conversation, but many do.

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