The Mesdames of Mayhem, that fabulous collective of 19 Canadian crime writers, recently interviewed me on Blog Spotlight, its new series on blogs and blogging. Answering the Mesdames’ questions forced me take a good look at the blog I started nine years ago and how it’s unfolded since then.
Its title, Moving Target, describes the aim of my blog in a nutshell. A writer’s target is constantly changing. The first target is probably completing a novel or a story; then the target moves to finding a publisher. And when it comes to marketing the work, the target really keeps moving.
The tagline, Rosemary McCracken’s Book Adventure, which you see on the top, right-hand side of the home page, sums up the main content of the blog: my exciting (at least to me) adventures of writing, placing and promoting my fiction. My blog shows the different stages I’ve gone through in my journey as a writer, which can serve as signposts for what lies ahead for beginning writers.
A blog is an important tool for a writer. It helps connect with existing readers and build a wider readership. But blogging may not be for every writer. I tell fellow writers that if it is a real chore, and they’re only blogging because “everyone else is,” they may be better off channelling their energies into other activities. Such as creating a talk on some aspect of writing or publishing, and taking it to libraries.
Check out my complete interview with the Mesdames of Mayhem here.