Is Blogging Dead? Long Live the Blog! Or Not…(And a #giveaway)

So, about the time of the election/holidays, I noticed blog traffic had dropped. I take my share of responsibility for that because I’ve found myself unsure what to blog about these days. So I’m turning to those of you who still drop by.

What do you want to read? I can’t imagine anything that’s always about me, me, me, me, me is going to bring people back day after day.

Do you like guest authors? (Knowing that the BIG authors don’t do blog posts as a rule, so this will mostly be what’s fondly known in the industry as a “midlister” or even a debut author.) Do you prefer guest posts or interviews?

Thinking about the blogs you read regularly, what is it about them that brings you back?

I’m pondering all this as I approach the end of my day job in about a month (pause for happy dancing). I will have more time to devote to this space, but only if I can do it in a meaningful way.

So weigh in on blogs. Has their time come and gone, or are there still blogs you read regularly? And just for playing along, you’ll be entered for a $10 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

21 thoughts on “Is Blogging Dead? Long Live the Blog! Or Not…(And a #giveaway)

  1. Blog traffic has dropped in the last year or two. I use to visit 18 – 20 blogs on a daily basis. Now I’m down to 11. Of those eleven only 2 update daily, 2 or three update 5 days a week, two or three update 2 or 3 times a week, and some once a week or once a month. Not the traffic it used to be. I miss that daily activity. I still like the reviews of the new books coming out, but that usually doesn’t influence me, I’ve already pre-ordered my favorites. I like reading about new, debut authors. I also like when we get to read short stories or missing chapters, or what’s in the works, or maybe about new series.

  2. I check your blog every day (except Saturday) and love new content. I like the behind-the-scenes stuff, info on what inspires you, interviews with other authors.

  3. I enjoy interviews with debut authors, character interviews, behind the scenes info on your books and your book reviews. I don’t read as many blogs due to time constraints but I read yours everyday you post.

  4. I enjoy reading guest posts by author who aren’t well known – it’s a good way to discover books I may never have heard of. Mostly if I stop reading a blog it’s because they stop posting new content regularly.

  5. I have decreased the number of blogs that I visit. Had thought it was just me since work was suddenly crazy. I enjoy some guest blog posts and getting your opinion on books you have read, as well as, the info you give on behind the scenes looks at your books and things that strike your fancy. It is interesting and feels fresh that way.

  6. Thanks for your input, everyone! I had cut back on the guest authors, but I think I’ll increase that again. I enjoy doing this blog and will be glad to have more time to devote to it soon. We’ll try to keep it fun!

  7. I have not noticed a decrease in blog posts or blogs in general. Maybe I was just too busy to notice. Blogs are my preferred way to interact. I don’t like FB or Twitter etc.

  8. I don’t have a lot of time to read blogs, but I do pop in to read author interviews if it’s an author I like or a new author I would like to find more out about (about their work, that is.) Pretty much all of the author blogs I follow I mainly do so for updates on their work.

  9. Blogs are my primary way of keeping up with authors and books. I don’t do FB or Twitter. I love your snippets, character interviews, historical background, and inspiration for your books.

  10. I don’t read near the amount that I use to but it’s more because I’d realized that I was spending more time reading blogs about books rather than reading the books.

  11. This is the only blog I’ve ever followed regularly. I love the behind-the-scenes/inspiration info you share. I enjoy your art and am entertained by every post. As an author, you have to be doing something right when songs on the radio bring a certain pirate to mind! By allowing readers to post suggestions makes me even more anxious to read upcoming releases!! Thank you for all you do!

  12. I’ve always enjoyed the mix of features on your blog. I like the guest authors, reviews, and I especially enjoy the behind the scenes stuff and snippets that you post. I’m not on FB due to security concerns and not a Twitter fan, so blogs are the way I get all my book related news.

  13. I like to read posts that are conversational and informal in style (so, pretty much everything you write!). My favorites are ones that are not necessarily centered around one book or series in particular – like the weekly new releases post, or the fun stuff about New Orleans, world-building, book tour info, etc.

    I like guest authors, but I REALLY love interviews! I think they are each valuable, especially for your blog because it always has such a nice mix of things/formats.

    I tend to read most of your posts within the email, rather than click into your blog site directly – I only do that if I want to comment. I wonder if that is becoming more common, and might be a factor in blog traffic dropping…?

  14. Actually maybe a big portion of your readers access your posts via a third party app? Cause that’s what I do. I use Feedly, where it’s like a flip board with all the blogs I subscribe to in one app. Sort of like Bloglovin?

    I love most of your posts, even tho most of the time I just read and not comment ^^” but I do enjoy getting to know, as you put it, “midlister” or debut authors from your blog, book updates (the weekly new releases is a lifesaver, it’s so hard to keep track of them), snippets and sometimes when you post about stuffs happening in your neck of the woods, which is actually really interesting to me. Personally I like to read about controversies in the bookish world and your two cents bout it. Sometimes when I blog about my musings I notice those posts attract higher traffic volume. So maybe you could try that!

  15. I use FEEDLY to follow blogs. I try to check them 2x per week, but sometimes it’s only 1x per week. I follow blogs for 2 reasons. 1: Author blogs… I like to know about their work, I want to know when new titles are coming out, why they write what they write, fun things about them, etc. and 2: I follow fellow book review sites to read well, book reviews!

  16. Yours is one of the only blogs I still read regularly and actually maintain my email subscription to. I like that you have some variety, and I REALLY appreciate your weekly new releases posts. It helps me find some books that I would never have otherwise seen, so pleease never stop that (even if you stop giving one away!). Guest spots from other authors are fun, but with those you never know what the quality will be–and that’s no fault of yours because it’s content that they’re providing for you. I also think your book review posts and cool whenever you have the time to do them, and your behind-the-scenes posts are always a favorite.

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