My answer to her question, whether an author should reach out and touch a reader, is yes.
But I think we’ve lost sight of something very important here.
An author writes stories. Therefore it is most important that an author touches a reader through her/his work.
Would I like to be appreciated? Would I like an author whom I rave about dropping by? Hell yeah.
I can’t deny that I’m an even bigger fan of Paperback Writer because she noticed that I came by often, that I linked to her and reciprocated.
At the same time, I think I can say that I wouldn’t be less of a fan if she hadn’t reciprocated. I do not know KristieJ, I do not read her blog, but I daresay it’s the same for her and Lisa Kleypas.
Books are not, for the lack of a better term, exclusionary. It’s not like “I have a limited edition watch that you can’t find anywhere else.” I can say “I have this book, I’ve read this, I loved it, and you should go buy it too.”
And it’s great because if you go buy it, and then you read it, we can discuss it. I have this blog partly because I don’t have anyone IRL to discuss books with. The few reader blogs I read have been wonderful finds for me, especially now that I’ve largely given up on messageboards.
When Jane says:
I find that many of the group blogs do not contribute much to the blogging community. They serve as promotional vehicles and not much more primarily because these authors are not present anywhere else on the internet.
I do think there’s a correlation with author blogs that are promotional vehicles and authors who do not contribute on other blogs, but I do not think that simply because an author does not comment elsewhere on the internet that she/he does not contribute.
Intelligent and cogent posts on industry and all things romancelandia are not a contribution? Of course they are a contribution, whether or not the blogger comments on other blogs, especially when the blog has enough readers that other bloggers pick up on her/his posts.
Besides, is there really a point to authors bloghopping just to say “Hi! I really like your blog!”?