Blogging vs. Book Writing

I fully intended to write and self-publish a book this year.

Originally, the one post a day challenge was never meant to be anything more than “at least say hello” once a day to attract more followers.

But then I got into it. Bookshelf Q. Battler was born. His supporting cast was born. Holy crap, there was even a spin off in “Pop Culture Mysteries.”

As the year comes to an end, I’ve gained roughly a thousand new blog followers, over 5000 additional Twitter followers, 800 Google Plus followers, etc.

That’s all great, though few of them actually make the leap to come over and check what’s happening on the blog.

So as rich as BQB’s world has grown, it dawns on me that had I taken the bit of time I used every day to write a blog post and focused it onto a novel, I’d of been able to get a novel published this year.

There’s the rub. There are many who say that getting that book out onto Amazon will do more for you than blogging. Amazon has more power than your blog, after all.

But then there’s another rub. There’s two rubs. Until this becomes a money making endeavor, I’d rather let BQB take all the credit. But that means building up the BQB brand. Giving our nerdy hero a backstory, friends, enemies, building his world, Jake’s world, and letting them cross over on the blogs now and again.

I worry that people don’t like to read fiction on blogs. But my hope is that maybe enough of you will grow to like BQB and Jake enough to want to read their adventures in a book format, whenever I get around to writing and publishing one.

Meanwhile, when that book comes out, I hope people who like it will be interested enough to check out the stuff on my blogs.

QUESTION: Stick with the fictional blogs tying into books idea or scrap it and just focus on writing and publishing 1-2 books a year, with little to no more blogging as that cuts too much into book writing time. My free time is very limited so whatever I do, it needs to count.





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6 thoughts on “Blogging vs. Book Writing

  1. I can’t advise beyond the point that blogs do not directly sell books. There is a disconnect. Similarly, promoting the blog on other platforms seldom drives much traffic to it. Amazon has clout but most of the books on it disappear into the ‘noise’ of all the many thousands of self-pubbed books. I don’t yet know the answer to that. But it does seem to me that it is better to write a book than not.

    • It’s a tough call. My gut tells me that I don’t really want to put myself, i.e. my real name out there until this earns me some money, lest I find myself in a job interview one day explaining why I write about aliens and surly private detectives to someone without a sense of humor.

      Sooo…my hope is that creating and developing a fictional author with an interesting world who must publish lest he face the wrath of an alien overlord might be worthwhile.

      Then again, it might be just a waste of time. There is a part of me that just says write novels under a pen name and just keep the blog as a place where readers who liked book a can find out when book b is coming.

      Decisions, decisions.

  2. davidprosser says:

    It depends what goal you set yourself at the start and whether you till want to do it.
    Writing the book can be so rewarding yet is rarely rewarding in terms of money. You will face major decisions as to whether you go it lone as an Indie or try to find an agent and a publisher That can be a major frustration, but could be your preferred route.
    The blog need not lose too much. If you stick to one a day posts you can be short and just provide details pf progress/frustrations with your storyline or characters misbehaving, as they do.You could still make the main post a weekly affair perhaps taking your characters on adventures that could maybe form the basis of a book about them.
    If the book and it’s attendant frustrations don’t seem so pressing you can continue blogging as you do, you do have a flair for it. You will find that some people don’;t have the time to follow every day or don’t enjoy some of the characters. But that shouldn’t frustrate you too much.

    • It’s a tough one. I’m working on accepting that “I can’t do it all.” I can’t put out a worthwhile blog and write a novel at the same time, so something has to give for the other.

      My thought at the moment is to have stories happen on the blog…then take a hiatus from the blog to write a novel tied into the blog, though written in such a way that book readers need not have read the blog, or those who like the blog need not read the book, though hope they do because…money.

      Hence, my current plan is write Season One of Pop Culture Mysteries, post it on the PCM blog, end the season with BQB getting tossed into a secret black site and then use BQB’s unfortunate predicament as the time I need to write Jake’s first novel.

      By the time I accomplish all that, a year and more likely two years will have gone by, thus there is the thought of just forgetting the blog and using the time to write 2 novels.

      Oh well. We never know until we try I suppose.

  3. isilkemp says:

    For an author, I’ve always thought the point of a blog was to attract readers to your book. Without the book, you’re not an author… you’re a blogger. That’s not a bad thing. There are bloggers out there that are crazy successful at what they do. It sounds like you’re picking up quite the following. But if your goal is to write novels, then the first priority has to be WRITING NOVELS. If the point of your blog is to gain a huge online readership, you’re succeeding. If it’s to drive readers toward your books, you’re not – because they don’t have a book to find. See what I’m saying? What’s your goal?

    On another note, you mentioned in another comment that you were worried about job interviews. That’s funny! But I see where you’re coming from. You want people to take you seriously. In my experience, however, I’ve found that people are genuinely impressed that you’ve written a novel. I’ve had several interviews for various jobs since I wrote my first novel (I’ve now written three), and every interviewer has been very interested in my work as an author. We talked about my books far more than my other past “jobs,” and they all seemed to be impressed that I had the “perseverance and drive” they assumed would be required to complete such a long, arduous process. I received a callback from every interview.

    What I’m saying is that it doesn’t drag you down. It’s a resume booster. I didn’t have nearly as much relevant experience as many other candidates, but I was offered the position every time. So don’t worry about being associated with your books. Be proud of it! Writing novels is hard. If it wasn’t, everyone would do it.

    Hope some of this helps!

    • Thanks for the advice.

      Hard to say on this one. All I know is what I’ve experienced – I’ve been through a lot and now that I’m at a good place I want to stay where I am and not lose it because I wrote a story about a nerd who’s a friend with an alien or something.

      I have to admit I’m a little more open with a pen name also. Without a pen name, I would probably limit my fiction to a “Could this be a Hallmark Channel TV movie?” standard and who wants that? Well, old ladies who like Hallmark, that’s who, but that’s not me.

      There’s a lot of decisions I have to make going into the new year. Keep blowing and develop BQB and Jakes’ worlds or don’t blog as much and put my energy into those highly coveted novels.

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