Well, guys, much as I love helping to promote everyone’s work since we’re all in this writing thing together, I think I’m going to have to wind down the outside promotions side of this blogging endeavor. Because…
- It takes a LOT of time. I have trouble working in time to write around the blogging obligations, and I’m not ready to give up on the writing (I have my moments, but I’m not quite ready to pull that plug yet).
- It also takes a nice chunk of time to promote the posts to drive reader traffic to come look at the posts. Quite a bit of traffic now comes from WordPress and email subscribers, but most is driven from Facebook. And if I don’t make the added effort to steer traffic to the posts, what’s the point of taking all the time to make the posts in the first place, right?
- Since my writing often doesn’t earn enough to cover even the cost of my release blitzes, let alone the cost of the website, I’d hoped that once the site traffic was high enough, I’d be able to use Amazon Associates links on the book promotions to at least cover the cost of the site. But nope. Data from two months into that tells me that most people who are buying the books are doing so by some method other than by following through with clicks from the links on my site, so that’s not making this blogging thing worth the effort, either.
So, I’ll still run all the promo posts I’ve already signed up for, which is quite a few (more than 50) and includes some all the way into early December, but I don’t intend to sign up for any more except for books by my writing friends. I’ll still promote the ones I’ve already signed up for on FB groups, but probably not as many.
Otherwise, I’ll continue my what-I’m-reading on the treadmill posts on Sundays, Rainbow Snippets on Saturday, random posts, and if anyone ever wants a spotlight post and/or interview, I’d be happy to do that on request.