I spoke with a professional blogger last summer. I didn't even know there were such folks, but anyway, I got some advice that I'm finally going to put into practice. She told me that blogging about writing, while nice for me and possibly helpful or interesting for other writers, is not the way to grow a readership.

One part of me says, "But I like exchanging ideas with writers." And the other part says, "But you've done that for several years now. Shut up."

So, while I may return to Crimespace from time to time and indulge myself, I'm going to concentrate on other sites for a while, sites where readers go to look for new writers.

Still, I refuse to take her second bit of advice, which was to blog about my cats. It seems that subject interests half the reading population, and you guessed it, the other half likes reading about an author's dog. I'd have to get a dog, because there's no way my cats would stand for all that media attention.

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Comment by P.J. on January 11, 2010 at 7:52pm
Where should we go to read your blogs?
Comment by Peg Herring on January 9, 2010 at 11:14pm
Good one, Dan!
Comment by I. J. Parker on January 9, 2010 at 12:55am
Add to that the fact that cat people hate dog people and vice versa. If you write about cats, you get a niche audience, but a rather large one. For some reason, having cats and reading cozies seem to go hand in hand. Good luck!
Comment by Dana King on January 9, 2010 at 12:33am
Good luck, Peg. You'll be missed here. Your blog is a regular read for me, even when I don't comment.

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