|The Garden State Horror Writers and Me
||[Apr. 13th, 2008|12:23 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
My talk about using your blog to build an audience at Saturday's meeting of the Garden State Horror Writers went very well. Thanks again to everyone who took part in my online poll last week. The results were a big help.
I was surprised at how many people showed up. It was only a dozen or so, but that was more than I expected for the topic I chose. Still, quite a few of them were brand new, not members of the GSHW, just writers and other creative types interested in making the most of blogging. I talked for a little over half an hour about how to build a blog readership that may translate into an audience for your work, namely the need to be interesting and personable (and funny), and to interact with people on other blogs as much as possible rather than pontificating into a void (one of the reasons I like LiveJournal so much is that it fosters a sense of community that makes interaction easy), and finally, not being afraid to speak your mind, even if it's controversial, or to rock the boat when it needs rocking. Mostly I talked about the need to let your personality shine through. Then I opened it up to questions from the audience, and instead of the crickets and tumbleweed I half expected, we easily filled the rest of the hour. Everyone seemed interested and enthused. People even took notes!
Of course I gave a shout-out to my blogging mentor, nihilistic_kid. Everything I know about blogging I learned from reading his, before this blog even existed. I name-checked several other writing-types with blogs too: p_straub55, norestwicked, ellen_datlow, leethomas, docbrite, imago1, briankeene_rss, nballingrud, jplangan, realthog, redredrage, eeknight, suricattus, pgtremblay, jaylake. I'm sure I mentioned others, and forgot to mention even more.
And then afterward they took me out for lunch!
I'd do another talk for them in a heartbeat.