I read a post by Tui Snider on this subject, and left a long comment that refused to appear, so I thought I'd turn it into my own post, instead! You can read Tui's article HERE; alas, she is having ongoing problems with her site but hopes to have them fixed soon
So why do I do it? I started only because people kept telling me that writers ought to. I shoved a few old articles on and remembered to write something once a month. I used to feel pretty chuffed if I got about 50 views per post. Gradually, though, this site became a thing apart from my books. I never intended to have a blog based around writing or self-publishing, realising that would only be of interest to other writers, and I thought the whole point of them was to attract readers, or to allow current readers to find out more about you. Now, mine gets used whenever there is something I want to express in more than 140 characters. It's somewhere where I can moan about stuff, develop funny (well, funny to me!) ideas I have, collate various thoughts into one post, obsess about my favourite TV progs, write a bit of background about my books when new ones come out, and share the odd picture of people like Josh Holloway and Norman Reedus....
(Whoops, there I go again...)
After a while, though, I found that I did sometimes want to write about self-publishing and, happily, around this time a nice man called Clive with a website called The UK Arts Directory approached me to write a regular blog on this subject. It's HERE. It's a combination of advice, opinions about which I occasionally wish I'd been less vehement, others I'm glad I expressed, and a fair few guest posts from other writers, too. Then, last month, my blogging empire expanded when I decided to start a book review blog, HERE. I did this because I'd been reading some really excellent books and thought they deserved more than just a review on Amazon; also, there were some I want to help promote because they are so good, and it's easier to do so with a blog where I can present the review more attractively.
In answer to one of the questions on Tui's post, I don't have a blogging schedule because the idea that you MUST blog every half hour whether you have something interesting to say or not is, like, so 2012. I never did anyway. Sometimes I'll do six posts in a month, sometimes one; it depends what else I'm doing. I write stuff simply because I think of things that I hope will be of entertainment/interest to others. Emphasis on the entertainment/interest. I hope I'm never too self-indulgent. But look, it's my blog and if I want to post pictures of Josh Holloway I will, right?
No, Josh, that's enough, go back to my Top Ten Netflix Hunks post!
I must say the book reviewing blog does seem to be taking over, lately; I love doing it. I've discovered why real book bloggers (not people just playing at it like me) do it! I keep reading when I should be writing....