This is one of those examine-your-belly-button posts. Not a real pretty exercise, but sometimes it's gotta be done.
I've been thinking about blogging lately, see. Forensics and Faith is almost two and a half years old. It takes a lot of work to blog every weekday. With my writing schedule growing ever crazier, I'm wondering whether to continue blogging as is, cut back some, or stop altogether. In some ways it would be hard to stop, because I'd miss the community. You BGs are great. Writing is a lonely profession--and there y'all are every day, willing to visit with me. All the same, I've got to line up my work time according to priorities. At this point, I don't know how Forensics and Faith fits into my priorities--partly because I'm not yet totally clear on the priorities themselves. What's the balance between, say, writing time, hard marketing time, and the type of communal networking you find in a blog? I don't know.
So would you please help me out and answer all of these questions that apply to you? If you want to answer anonymously, that's fine. I just need honest feedback. Perhaps everyone's answers will help you bloggers make some decisions about your own blogging.
1. Bloggers--how often do you post?2. Who are your blog readers? Mostly writers? Mostly readers? Mostly stay-at-home-moms? Etc.
3. Why do you blog?
4. If you are a writer, have you seen any clear signs of blogging leading to higher book sales?
5. Why do you read Forensics and Faith?
6. Has reading this blog ever led you to buy one of my books that you wouldn't have bought anyway?
7. Has reading this blog ever led you to tell others about my books, when you otherwise wouldn't have done so?
8. Has reading this blog made you more aware of my books in general? How?
9. Has reading this blog given you a sense of community? Helped you network? Helped you learn about writing? Or anything else?
10. Any question I should have asked and didn't--please fill it in and answer.