As a wannabe writer, a bit of a technophile, a librarian and someone interested in society, the whole interaction between writer and reader via the Internet has an interest beyond the advertising potential. The various ways and ease of communication is fascinating to watch, with a myriad of issues springing up to consume the little grey cells.
For instance just how much information does one share in their writing project? And if one becomes successful as a writer how much does one want readers to link back to their blog. One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to prompt my writing, and it has been successful in that. But then if I finish my story, record it for podiobooks and then sell it, will I want this place to be the place people go to find information about me and my writing. I am beginning to suspect not.
And how much to share? One writer I read and follow has one of those experiences lately. Laurell K Hamilton who writes the Anita Blake series, blogs and twitters, and while writing the latest Anita story has come to a point where she thinks she has shared to much. When writing a scene where one of her major characters dies, she twittered about how emotional it was to kill off a character even though she didn’t really want to. Now she is unsure how to continue her normal blogging and twittering without giving away the secret of who she has killed off. In this case the immediacy and ease of communication with the fans, may have back fired.
It certainly gives me something to think about.