To prepare for a recent talk for my local PWAC chapter on why writers should care about blogging, I dug around to see how other writers, journalists, and authors approach blogging. I found that some authors use their blogs to aggressively promote books sales or to publicize their freelance writing services and other activities. Others use their corner of the Internet to create dialogue, promote columns and articles, and build relationships with readers. Here are a few examples, along with sources of more blogs by authors and writers (as opposed to blogs about writing).
- Greg Bear
Hugo and Nebula award winner science fiction author Greg Bear seems to enjoy using his blog to converse with his readers.
- Daisy Dexter Dobbs
Romance author Daisy Dexter Dobbs is a prolific blogger who enjoys interacting with readers. Her blog is also a good source of other writer blogs.
- Lynn Viehl
Viehl uses her blog to sell current books and to promote upcoming titles. Great source of links, though Viehl could tell us more about herself.
- Seth Godin
Well-known tech pundit Seth Godin uses his blog to promote sales of his various books. He has a blog, All Marketers Are Liars, devoted exclusively to his upcoming book by the same name.
- Tess Gerritsen
Medial thriller writer Tess Gerritsen uses her blog for self branding purposes. In one post, she admits she still struggles to overcome the label "romance writer" and laments the pigeonholing created by labels in general.
- Crawford Killian
There is perhaps no more prolific blogger than author and web writing guru Crawford Killian. He maintains no less than ten blogs, all of which are accessible from the one linked here. He uses his blogs to promote his books and provides an excellent collection of writing-related links. His blog, Ask the English Teacher, is a good source of links and information on grammar and web writing.
- Terry Glavin
Author and journalist Terry Glavin uses his blog to promote his books, columns, and essays.
- Colby Cosh
Canadian sports columnist Colby Cosh claims his blog has been visited more than one million times since its advent in 2002. It features odd headlines from around the world and an interesting blogroll highlighting Canadian journalists and bloggers.
More Blogs By Writers, Authors, & Journalists
- The Author's Dilemma: To Blog or Not To Blog
- Authors' Blogs (massive alphabetical list)
- Cyber-Journalist Blog List (scroll down for independent journalist blogs)
- The Writer's Life List of Writers' Blogs