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This will, hopefully, be the last piece about self-promotion, and it's weighted toward the blogging spectrum.

A number of people on my LJ friends' list, and a couple here as well (waving at [livejournal.com profile] sartorias) have opined that they are too dull to somehow have the audience that others attract.

I don't think that's the problem, though. A long discussion about what readers are looking for from author blogs (with someone who has zero interest in ever being a published writer, or a writer at all) made me think for several hours of nothing else.
A minor digression which is relevant )
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When I say things tongue-in-cheek, I usually forget where my tongue is and almost bite it off. I wrote:

Balancing the social with the promotional is hard. If LJ were my only on-line presence, it would be very close to impossible because putting up notices every few days in the month before a book's on sale date doesn't work for me as a reader - so I've no expectation that it will work for anyone else who's here as part of the LJ community. (Seanan McGuire doesn't count. If you ask me why, I'll explain later).


[livejournal.com profile] mtlawson, in his infinite mercy, asked me why [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire didn't count. Yes, when I say infinite, I mean infinitely small.
Reasons below the cut )

Sigh. @=/=lj user tag.
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Tobias Buckell once posted a piece about the changing nature of his own blog. I believe he started his blog before he sold his first novel, and many of his readers, valuing his openness, were also writers who were on the same journey.
On-line communities and the pressure to utilize them )
And that's it for part 2. Part 3 -- in which I answer why [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire (and authors like her) is an exception to follow tomorrow.

Edited because it's and its are not the same. Sigh. One day I will post something that doesn't require edits after I've pressed the button
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I apologize because this is long. I'm not finished yet, and it's long.

Social media is everywhere, and for stay-at-home writers with small children, it's often the only reliable way of, well, socializing; all other social events take a lot of organization and lead-time. If your small child needs attention Right Now, you can pause email in the middle with no harm done; you can post short status updates or tweets, and you can read and contribute to your social streams when you can manage to steal a few minutes here or there.
context is everything )

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