It seems to have slowed down a bit here lately, comment-wise (I don't seem to have a way of tracking page hits on the blog). I don't know if that's because it's summer, because I'm no longer relevant, or if it's because I'm not saying things that attract comments (other than when I talk about books, it seems). Or it may not have anything to do with anything. Still, it doesn't hurt to regroup and get a little feedback every so often. The idea behind having a blog is to communicate with my readers and maybe also write stuff of interest to people who haven't read my books, with the idea that they'll then want to find my books. In the Ongoing Plan for World Domination, the ideal is that I'd write stuff so compelling that people will spread the word through Twitter and other social networks, and people will then flock to my blog, forming an army of minions so mighty that the publishing world will grovel before me. Or something like that.
So, it's poll time! I tried to set this up as a real poll, with clicky boxes and everything, but the directions I found on the Blogger help thing didn't reflect what I actually see on my screen (possibly a result of that outdated browser). So, this will be an informal poll. Think of these answers as suggestions and give any feedback you like in comments. Anonymous comments are okay.
First, why do you read this blog?
You read my books and want to keep up on news
You're a friend from real life
You follow the writing posts
You think my posts are entertaining
How did you find this blog?
Link on my web site
Link via some other blog
On a friend's friends list
Searching for a topic
Now, to get into content. What topics or features do you like the most?
The bi-weekly writing posts
Movie reviews or discussion
Updates on the projects in process
The publishing business
My real life
Which topics would you like to see more of?
Recipes and cooking
Discussion about the publishing business
Folklore and mythology
Would you be interested in:
An in-depth discussion/Q&A about my books
A "book club" for discussing a particular book and getting my thoughts on it
A reread and analysis of a popular book series
In-depth analysis of movies vaguely related to the topics in my books
An episode-by-episode, in-depth revisiting of a TV series
Health news and advice (that's my non-fiction work, may as well use it)
(Mind you, some of these will require audience participation.)
Feel free to add any thoughts or ideas about what you think would make this blog more interesting to you or that you think might recruit more minions -- er, draw more readers -- in the comments.