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27 ideas for posts for your author blog

We’ve been talking at length about blogging for a while now and have covered some general ideas for the kinds of posts you might write for your author blog. Here’s a list of 27 specific ideas for posts that might interest the readers of your author blog, broken down into three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and general. If you have other ideas, please feel free to share them in the comment section below!

FICTION

  1. Give readers an inside look. Describe how you went about plotting your novel.
  2. Have one of your readers interview one of your characters, with you responding as the character.
  3. Fill in the back stories for some of your minor characters.
  4. Write a blog post in the voice of one of your main characters.
  5. Write an expert in your field into your story.
  6. Hand draw a map of your story’s setting, whether it’s a real place or completely fabricated. Don’t worry about how well or poorly you draw or whether it’s to scale. The goal is to spur reader interest. Give the readers a tour with your post.
  7. Describe the personalities of your characters and who you might have patterned them after.

NONFICTION

  1. Write about a case study related to your topic.
  2. Interview an expert in your field.
  3. Describe how you got started in your industry. Fill in the interesting part of your back story.
  4. Give readers an inside look. Describe how you went about outlining and structuring your book.
  5. Interview a reader or client about the subject of your book.
  6. Post a graph or create one from statistics in your book. Explain the stats in your post.
  7. Think back to debate club and write a post taking the opposite stance. If your book is about global warming, argue against it. If your book encourages women to take more risks, write a post defending the status quo of women. Note: make your satiric position clear by the end of the post.

GENERAL

  1. Do a Q&A with some of your readers via Facebook and post excerpts.
  2. Write about trends in your genre or subject area.
  3. Write about your favorite authors (especially those who write in your genre or field). Include their photos and a sampling of their books.
  4. Describe the origin of your book. How did it come about? What ideas, events, people, etc. inspired you to write the book?
  5. Describe your research methods for writing your book. Books? Journals? Google? Websites? Travel?
  6. Take folks on a tour of your Table of Contents, offering a sentence or two about each chapter.
  7. Review other novels/books in your field, especially from other lesser-known authors.
  8. Create a controversy by commenting on a news story, blog post, current event, historical event, website, or tweet. Say something outrageous and let the feedback rip.
  9. Share a joke from your topic or genre. Well-told jokes have a tendency to go viral.
  10. Create a glossary for your genre or topic. For example, define some of the key terms related to cryogenics, pottery, quilting, beekeeping, astrophysics, or whatever theme features prominently in your book.
  11. Share an interesting fact or statistic. Give your readers a few tidbits they likely don’t know about your topic, and include graphics that represent your facts. This can be a short blog, with questions like:

Did you know that a 2008 market study in Yoga Journal revealed that some 16 million Americans practice yoga and spend $5.7 billion a year on gear?

Did you know research is showing that yoga can improve your sex life and may even prevent and treat sex problems by increasing the overall health of your cardiovascular system?

  1. Offer advice about the things that have worked to help you overcome writers’ block.
  2. Describe your use of social media in researching, writing, and promoting your book.

As you may know by now, my main suggestion is just that you get started, even if you’re unsure of what to write or a little hesitant about how your blog will be received. Chances are it will be slow going, at first, but as you keep posting, more people will find and follow you. You may have a dearth of topics as you begin, but you will likely find unlimited topics to write about as you continue to post. Suddenly, everything that happens in life is seen through the lens of “that would be a good blog post!” As those ideas come, remember to write them down so you can keep your idea feeder well stocked!

Happy blogging!

MARCIE

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