Saturday, March 31, 2012

Blogging on the brain

I've been thinking about this blog a lot, lately, more so than I've been writing on it. Since I'm spending so much time at the bookshop, recent posts have been about the book business. But I'm wondering if my readers would rather see more about genealogy. In 2009, I started writing about my research on the English family and travel. Travels with Books will be three years old April 11 — can you believe it?!

This blog has been a great place to share research with extended family members, wrestle with ideas as I turn a bunch of facts into a historical novel, and document some great adventures. I hope it will become a "platform" when my book is finally published.

A few weeks ago, I read a blog post by Ana Hoffman and had a light-bulb moment. She makes income from her blog. A real person, not some famous personality or globe-trotting tech wizard. The inevitable thought followed — could I do that? I started reading, and researching, and thinking. The result, so far, is a few affiliate ads on the left side of this screen. Don't worry, I plan to avoid pop-ups and flashy things, because that turns me off on other people's websites (if you see a small flashy ad, it's because it's a great coupon for you and that's the only way I could post it). And ads are not the main attraction here, just a sideline.

The important part, of course, is the content. What should I focus on? Robert Lee Brewer is hosting an April Platform Challenge for writers. What great timing! I'm not sure what he'll have us do, but our daily tasks start April 1 and you'll probably see some of them right here in the coming month.

Travel, genealogy, history, writing and books. What would you like to see more?

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