Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™d even heard the word â€œblogâ€ five years ago. Or maybe I had, but hadnâ€™t imagined I might ever blog myself. I know now that blogs existed before then. But theyâ€™ve clearly grown in scope and importance.
And, yes, I realize that blogging is just one part of todayâ€™s social media. Itâ€™s probably one of the oldest–or not. Apparently Facebook was founded in 2004, and Twitter in 2006. I discovered them more recently, too, though–and Iâ€™m still managing to avoid Twitter.
In any event, blogging seems to remain one of the most utilized social media outlets. It has survived for a while and appears to keep growing.
It certainly does in my life.
Iâ€™m delighted to blog here on A Slice of Orange on the sixth of each month–a wonderful habit I began at the end of 2007. Iâ€™m in excellent company here, considering who the other bloggers are.
Every Wednesday, I blog at KillerHobbies.blogspot.com –the result of the mysteries that I write involving animals. Of course Iâ€™m always clear on the fact that pets arenâ€™t hobbies, theyâ€™re family. Even so, I enjoy being a Killer Hobbies blogger. I began blogging there in 2007, too–earlier in the year. Once again, Iâ€™m in good company!
But thatâ€™s not all.
The delightful bloggers at Writers in the Storm–members of OCC–recently invited me to be a frequent guest blogger, mostly about mysteries and how I plot and write them. Thatâ€™s always a pleasure to think about and describe, so of course I said yes.
At the moment, Iâ€™m obsessed by blogging. Why? Well, my second Pet Rescue Mystery, THE MORE THE TERRIER, a Berkley Prime Crime book, will be an October release. So will my next Harlequin Nocturne Bites, HAWKâ€™S CHALLENGE, part of my Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters. My next Bites, COUGARâ€™S CONQUEST, will be a November release. Iâ€™ve been setting up a blog tour to promote all of them. So far, Iâ€™ve got about ten blogs scheduled in late September through the end of October, with, I hope, more to come.
Iâ€™ll write them all. Each of the blog sites has faithful readers as well as new ones. I canâ€™t wait to connect with every one of them!
I wonder how many blogs actually exist in the cyber universe. How many bloggers there are, and how many readers and followers. I tried to do a search before posting this blog and found a lot of references to sites that count statistics for other sites.
One website, Technorati, links to 1,278,867 blog sites, or it did at the moment I looked at it. Iâ€™d imagine there are actually more blogs than that, though.
Iâ€™m particularly curious about how many blogs there are by and about writers. If you happen to know, please tell me. Iâ€™d also love to hear what your favorites are–and be sure to include A Slice of Orange, Killer Hobbies, and Writers in the Storm.
Feel free to tell me about your own blog. And invite me to guest blog. After all, Iâ€™m psyched right now to blog. Bring â€˜em on!
Did I mention Iâ€™m currently obsessed by blogging?