Here is this week’s Booking Through Thursday question:
Do you read any author’s blogs? If so, are you looking for information on their next project? On the author personally? Something else?
Yes, I do read author’s blogs.
Sometimes I’m looking for information about their next project, or links to other pieces they’ve written or that have been written about them.
But more often than not, it’s to get to know the writer better, or at least their online personality. With blogs, you get the writer doing what he or she does best — write.
At the same time you get to know more about the writer, who they are what they’re doing, and get to enjoy the snippets of insight or humor or voice that you enjoy from their books or articles, as I did this morning when I read Nick Hornby’s post about swimming at the gym. That short post delivers a bite of Hornby’s humor, a taste of what you might get in his novels or essays.
As a former newspaper writer who still loves reading newspapers, I hate seeing good writers potentially getting the ax, as it does seem as if papers are chopping their noses off to spite their faces. I believe that readers do (or did) follow particular writers (and maybe that’s the real problem with newspapers, magazines, publishing, writers, etc. — maybe we’re all delusional; maybe no one is interested in good writing; maybe they just want quick information, sound bites, links and coffee-quick fixes; maybe reading for pleasure and enjoyment or engagement or even edification really is dead.)
Enough of such a pessimistic aside. So yes, I do read writer’s blogs, for the same reason I read blogs, newspapers, magazines, books, etc. — for the pleasure of reading, for the one-to-one engagement with another person, with language, with all that high-minded stuff.