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