Michelle mentioned in her last post that she had planned to write on one thing for her blog post and then wrote something else because of something she had seen. I do that a lot. I know that we’re not supposed to write blogs about what we had for lunch or other trivia but it’s just how my mind works. You guys all get to read whatever turned up this week.
This week what came up were blogs. You know, and are probably sick of hearing about, my blog tour. But here’s something that never occurred to me when I started thinking I’d do a blog tour. No, it’s not that bad having to write that many posts at once–not exactly. It’s getting inside the mind of the audience. Many blogs where I’m touring are aimed at writers, just as this one is. But there are twists and turns on that. Some of those blogs are just for mystery writers. Some of those blogs are totally on what its like to be a writer. Some of them are on craft. Some are just discussions of mysteries.
This must be what it’s like to write for magazines. You have to decipher the difference between the articles Women’s Day presents to its readers and how Ladies Home Journal does it. And there is a difference. It’s not enough to say they’re both women’s magazines. So I’ve found one more thing in my 101 uses for blogs. They aren’t just good for writing discipline, or for promo or even for venting your opinion. They are great practice for discriminating between market segments. Who knew?