I always invite people to read my work, I never push – for instance, I have the first few chapters of my first book listed in the right hand menu (also available from the dropdown menu) and other sections from both the first and the second book which I will occasionally link to in posts so readers can pop over and have a look if that is what they would like to do – Now ever since I started blogging, I’ve been reading through other blogs and have come across various pieces of writing just out there as a post (not linked to, not introduced, just there).
Normally these will grab me or not, as the case may be. Not all are my type of fiction. Not all are brilliant. But occasionally I’ll find a piece that truly stands out and I find I am captivated. That usually leads to me following that blog and becoming a regular.
How many times do I follow a link to look at someone’s work? I’m ashamed to say, not often. There’s no offense meant there, the simple reason is that when I am writing, I really don’t want my own flow to be disrupted by someone else’s style. So, had these excellent writers put up a post and told me about it, then supplied a link, I might not have followed it and I would have missed out on some very fine writing (which, incidentally, have not disrupted my style at all).
So how many people bother to link over to any of my writing? The stats show me that some indeed do, but not everyone who looks at the post follows over to the page, much less across to a piece of fiction.
So, my question is, would you think less of this site if occasionally I slipped in a piece of fiction with no announcement and no link, just – bam – there? The first few lines, at least, then a link to the rest if readers wish to go on.
Because my blog is not a blog for fiction (as such), more a chat-about-writing blog, truly I am undecided here, so I would appreciate your thoughts on this. If you’re a writer, too, is that something you do? Put up your pages for all to see? How do you feel about seeing other sites do the same? It is not my intention to do this all the time, in fact, I’m limited, there’s not a huge list to choose from, so it would only happen rarely and be more likely as a fill-in when I haven’t got a topic to discuss. But should I do it at all? Is it in any way a turn-off?
I try to give variety within the scope of writing/researching and this would add something a little different. Judging by the blogs that do this, and the replies of support they receive, people seem to like it, but then, as a blog that does it regularly, those readers and followers would be there precisely because it’s what they want. Would it work for me, too, do you think, if I am not doing it all the time? Do I have a different readership because of my different style?
Strange concerns perhaps, but I value the readers and followers I have, and while I might only get one or two replies, they will matter to me. My writing itself shouldn’t put anyone off (hey, I’m good, all right?), but foisting it upon you might.
Please, do tell me your thoughts on this, I will sincerely appreciate them.