I was wondering if people actually took the time to read blogs today. Or are there so many that blogs don’t hold the interest they once did?
So I thought it might be interesting to do a little experiment. I’m going to ask a few questions and see if anyone responds to them. Here we go…
Do you read many blogs?
Do you have favorite blogs you keep returning to?
What type of blogs are your favorite?
What type of blogs don’t you like?
Do you prefer short blogs or long blogs? Or does it matter?
Do you blog yourself? If so what subject do you blog on?
Would you like me to blog more often than I do?
What type of blogs do I post that you enjoy the most?
I’d love for you to respond to at least some of the questions or at least leave a comment of what you think of blogs.
Thanks and hugs!
Not really into blogs; but I do read the newsletter you send out. I’ve rejected several authors newsletters recently because of the excessive number sent & the content is ridiculous. I would love to know if you’ll be writing anymore Cree/Dawn books? They are some of my favorite. If so, I have to ask why you haven’t given Dawn a “service dog” or two? I don’t have her form of disability, but, I couldn’t live without my service dog. ?
My Highlander a Cree & Dawn Novel will be out this fall as will a novella about them. I love writing about the couple. They always have a story to tell.
Funny you should ask about giving Dawn a service dog. I’ve been thinking about it, so you may just see her getting one. I love dogs and have had them since I was young. None were service dogs but all were special to me and I’m blessed to have had each one.
I am really looking forward to it. Dogs can add so much – even to a story! I truly enjoy your books and thank you for your work.
I read them if they are something I am interested in. Also relevant not like “here’s what I eat for breakfast everyday “ type of blog. I do have to say I absolutely love your books and am totally addicted! Can’t wait for Warrick’s story I check almost every day lol. Also fantasize about what Roark and Callie’s story could be because I’m a sucker for side characters ☺️
Thanks for responding to my curiosity about blogs and I’m thrilled that you love my books. I completely understand about side characters. I hope to include a bit more about Roark and Callie in Warrick’s book.
Actually Donna I don’t really read blogs. I enjoy your newsletters and love all your books but I work a full time physical job and don’t really have time to do more than read my books, a couple of newsletters and spend a little time on FB and with my e-mails.
I appreciate your response and happy to know you enjoy my newsletters and my books. Time seems to be the biggest problem for most. I know I wish there was more of it. I can only imagine the toll a full time physical job takes. You definitely deserve what time you can grab for yourself.
Hi Donna, I belong to many different blogs and don’t have the time I used to spend on them. I love blog tours but I do enjoy reading an Author’s blog when they talk about upcoming books and inspiration behind them. I LOVE reading about Highlanders so anytime someone blogs about them, I’m there. 🙂 But I do read the newsletters.
Much thanks for responding to my questions, Carol. We share a common interest… Highlanders. You love reading about them and I love writing about them. 🙂
I try to read blogs, but in all honesty, I only get to a couple a month. I have an enormous number of author newsletters and I do try to read as many as I can, but I primarily spend my time reading and reviewing books in between being a wife and grandmother. ? Right this minute I’m on spending restriction from my hubby since I am on my 3rd kindle, lol. I also love audiobooks. Sorry, I’m blathering, but to answer your question, I do try to read blog when I know they pertain to my favorite genre of Historical Romance or Historical Romance with a bit of paranormal thrown in.
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond, Kathryn. Funny, I’m on my third Kindle too. I’m afraid to try audiobooks since I fear I will be plugged in all the time., lol.
I don’t really read blogs to read blogs. What I mean by that is I find myself on blogs when searching for ideas on pinterest or a general internet search. If a blog I come across is particularly interesting, I sign up for the newsletter. I rarely return to the blog itself, but I do read the newsletters (or at least glance at them to see if it’ll be about something that interests me). The blogs I’m interested in are mostly ones about sewing, early childhood play and education ideas, and one cooking blog. I honestly have never read an author’s blog without having been directed there from a newsletter email that really interested me, but I do read/skim authors’ newsletters regularly. I occasionally enjoy reading about the personal lives of my favorite authors and about the research they found fascinating.
Appreciate you taking the time to respond to my curiosity about blogs, Anna. The insight from readers help a great deal. So any and all info shared is useful. Funny you should mention sewing. I’m about to buy a new sewing machine. Sewing is something I have loved to do since I was young. It relaxes me.
I love to sew and miss it dearly, because as a mom of young kids (early childhood blogs!), I don’t have the time or space to sew that I used to. I love creating with my hands. However, since I had my kids, I’ve been reading WAY more. I’m so thankful for awesome authors like yourself who can create such gripping characters and stories. I love when I get my hands on a new Donna Fletcher book, because I know it’ll be good! It can be hard trying out new authors and just not getting sucked into the story like you hoped to.
Thanks so much, Anna, I’m happy to know my books can sweep you away for a while. Do keep creating with your hands even if it’s only a dabble here and there. That’s how I started my writing career when my three sons were young and look what happened. 🙂
Hi Donna, I enjoy reading your blogs. I love hearing what you have to say about your Cree, Cree and Dawn, ( I love the idea about Dawn getting a helper in a seeing eye, dog or wolf) that befriends Dawn. Just food for thought. I also enjoy hearing of the books you have coming out or are working on.
Also, they type of weather you’re having, and what’s happening with you. I’m not a big blogger myself, I don’t do much of anything exciting. I don’t get out much, and so not a whole lot goes on with me. It doesn’t matter how long or short your blogs are, I love reading them. You’re blogs are entertaining, and I can always find something to chuckle about in your blogs. I’ll answer as many of your blogs that I can. How often you write your blogs, or how long they should be, should be up to you. You are the Author, and having all those books you write. It should depend on your time. I’m alway great full to hear from you.
Hugs back. Love your work.
I much appreciate all the insight you shared, Nancy. It truly helps for future blogs and i’m glad I can give you a chuckle now and then. 🙂 And so happy you enjoy my books.
Sorry Donna, but blossom are not my thing. Like most time is hard to juggle, so newsletters, updates of new books is about the best . Just read Espy and Craven. Need to read again, as too many interruptions, where you read a few pages at a time, then stop, then start agsin.
I understand blogs aren’t for everybody, so thanks for the honesty, Sherry. And I definitely understand that ‘time is hard to juggle.’ It’s also nice to know you think my stories are great. 🙂
Hate self correcting. Should say blogs not blossom
Hate it myself especially on my cell phone. It’s like my phone and I speak a different language, though it does entertain my family and friends. 🙂
Don’t get into blogs much sorry
Thanks for the response, Shelley. It does help.
Somehow or other, I’ve thought I had signed up for your newsletter. I found out that I didn’t. I’m so very sorry about that, but, the mistake was fixed. I did sign up for your newsletter. Just blog when you can, I love reading them. I love hearing you from you about the books your write, what you’re working on, enjoy hearing of the walks along the shore. You have a beautiful yard, and I can see why in the Spring, Summer and Fall, you enjoy being out there. Keep posting your flowers on your FB. I enjoy looking at the pictures.
Have a great night, and wonderful day tomorrow.
Thanks so much, Nancy and wishing you the same.
Hey Donna, I receive several newsletters from authors, and I enjoy reading the blogs on my favorite authors website. I mainly read them to keep up to date with what is going on with the authors and the release date for new books. I love reading your blogs since I am not on Facebook. I also love it that you respond to your readers, a lot of authors don’t so it is much appreciated. I look forward to reading the new Cree and Dawn books you have in the works and of course Warricks story. I hope that you will one day revisit the Machines sisters (especially the Dark Dragon and Heather). I love everything you have written so keep the stories coming. I have read everything you have written and reread them many times and look forward to all the great stories you have to tell. Hope you have a great weekend:)
Thanks so much for responding, Tina. I learn so much when my readers respond to my queries and I do love talking with you all.
I do have a novella brewing on the Dark Dragon and Heather, so we’ll see what happens. Happy to know you love my books and reread them.
My weekend will be spent with Warrick so it should prove exciting. 🙂
I don’t do blogs, except for the ones on the crafts I do, sorry. Too much going on to spend time with blogging. I try to keep up with my email, though, and answer acordingly.
Time needs to be spent wisely since there doesn’t seem to be enough of it. So kudos for spending it on what you enjoy, Cindy, and thanks for responding to my query. 🙂
Well, this 60 years young Reader and Reviewer simply has no time nor interest in blogs I agree that Newsletters are fine. And there are quite a few author’s that have now wonderful FB relationships with me.
Since I’m going on my 3rd year as an Amazon Reviewer and have so many books to read I simply had to put a line somewhere!
I hope this helps and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors,
Every little bit helps, Annemarie, and it’s wonderful that you’ve been an Amazon reviewer for three years. You must have read an enormous amount of books… lucky you! I’m envious. I wish I had more time to read. Thanks so much for responding.
Not into reading blogs nor do I blog myself. I do read all your news letters. I love your books. I have read almost every book that you have wrote. I am addicted to reading your books. You are one of the few authors where I love every book you write & I know that I will never be disappointed. I do love some side characters. Would love to read a story or two about side characters from your other books. Rath really needs his own story. My favorite of yours is Emma & Rogan along with Cree & Dawn. I just don’t have much time to read blogs plus I never got into blogging.
I appreciate you responding to my questions. So pleased that you love my books. I do think poor Rath was short-changed and agree that he needs a book of his own. It’s fitting him into my schedule that’s the problem. Happy to know you read my newsletters. 🙂
Hi Donna. I am sorry to say but I don’t really read any blogs. But I do enjoy reading your books. You are indeed one of my most favourite. I also enjoy receiving your e-mail. I look forward to your new books or novellas that are or will be coming out.
I appreciate that you took the time to respond to my query. So happy to be on your favorite author list and that you enjoy getting my emails. 🙂
I read just a few and those are the authors that i truly follow and you are one of them. I try to keep up on the series that i own so i keep up when the next one comes out. I myself do not write blogs, i don’t have anything interesting to write about! So keep up the writing.
Thanks for the feedback, Bev+Horinga. And glad to know you follow me!
Well i do read your news letters, i spend time now on YouTube and Instagram mostly…i do have some favorite blogs i visit on occasions, but i really do enjoy your books.
Thanks so much, Maritza, for your response, and happy to know you read my newsletters and that you enjoy my books. It always makes my day to hear that from readers.
I don’t read blogs. There’s too much other distraction to bother.
That’s true enough, Jennifer. There is more than enough distraction to fill an entire day. Thanks for commenting.
This is the first time on a blog. I don’t even get on Facebook. Wouldn’t know how to get on blogs. Except your email had the attachment.
But would like to know if you are going to continue with the Dawn/Cree books? I keep looking for more of them.
I thoroughly love your books. Your one of my favorites.
Enjoying reading a series like the MacInnes sisters
Thanks so much, Pennie, for responding. I appreciate it. I am going to continue with the Cree & Dawn books. I have lots more stories to tell about the loving couple. My Highlander A Cree& Dawn Novel will be available this fall as well as a novella about the pair. Pleased to know I’m one of your favorite authors. 🙂
Don’t blog myself but I do enjoy reading blogs especially when they give us sneak peaks at how things are progressing with books any random ideas for new books and updates along with some small talk. I love all your characters and am usually stocking your webpage to look for any updates ?
Can’t get enough of your stories!! Keep them coming!
I appreciate the feedback, Ruby+Jean. It really helps. Also glad to know you visit my website for updates. I’ve got lots more characters with interesting stories to write, so lots more books to come!
I don’t really blog very often and when I do they are usually short. I do love your books and can’t wait for your next release.
Thanks for taking the time to comment, Judi, much appreciated. And so happy to know you love my books. Next release is Warrick’s book. That hero is a demanding one! 🙂
I prefer getting the news via email. Blogs, to me, are usually boring or are a pain to get to. A blog is also, to me, so impersonal, whereas an email seems to feel more like you talking to me.
Good to know, Joanie. I can see how an email does seem more personal. Thanks so much for sharing.
No, but I chat on Facebook and read authors’ newsletters.
Glad to know you read the newsletters, Betty, and that you chat on FB. Thanks for the input.
Yes I do generally like to read blogs from Authors. Especially the ones I like.
*short blogs, straight to the message intended.
*Small facts about historical events or sites visited by Authors or written about.
*Discounts on new releases or freebie offeres
*Giveways or competitions
*small surveys that help Authors out in issues.
*voting on certain book covers or titles to help in decision making.
*Authors going on about hoildays,retreats, or places visited.? The average person (like ?me) can’t afford such luxury’s thus our love to read and escape to other worlds and fantasies.?
*Authors that seem to through sales pitch to books they’ve written ages ago.(?)
*Authors that help so called “friend” authors by recommending there books. Especially when there writing genre is totally different (steamy Historical writers, pitching religious/sweet clean writters??♀️).
* How many books an Author is working on!!! Hell? I thought one was tough. Makes me question the intensity of any story writing when an Author is working on two or three books at a time(different genres, etc).
* Or a new recipe they tried!!!!. We are READERS, thus our degree of physical fitness is very low and our sugar addiction high, Please? no more sweet/food recipes or blogs…???.
Upon your question about frequency, well it depends on the content??. I’m a reader ?sooo “if it’s worth it! I’ll read it!”
Thanks a lot DF., for listening to my thoughts. And taking the time to ask….???.
Your in-depth response is very much appreciated, Nostalgic. It made me think of some things I didn’t consider before when blogging. Thanks so much!
I have already read the two books, but I will re-reading them again. I do read blogs and newsletters. Mostly on scrapbooking and card making and tutorials of the same. I do subscribe to a couple of author’s blogs and newsletters. Have never blogged myself, but couldn’t pass up a the chance to receive your newsletter. I just had to tell you that your historical romances, especially the ones set in the highlands are my favorite. I have most if not all of them. I just wanted to thank you for the many hours of enjoyment that your books have given me and I look forward to getting your newsletters and reading your blog. Thank you again.
I’m so pleased to know that my books bring you hours of enjoyment, Cindy, and thank you for your thoughts on blogs and newsletters. Every bit I learn from these questions help me.
Hi Donna, Love your work. I wanted to know if you will continue the Pict series? I love the world you created. Everyone is caught up in the highlander theme (which I do love) but I’m captured by this pict world the highlands earlier lifr. King Talon,Wrath,n Paine I can see these formidable men creating a new world. Anin, Verity n Hemera unique,loving, strong, wise. Opposites but made for each other. Love it.
I have considered doing more Pict books, Debra+Mandell. I find that period fascinating myself. Little is known about the Picts, but what is being discovered is that it was more of a thriving society than first believed. More Pict books depends on my writing schedule which is on overload at the moment. But you never know!
I like to read the blogs on my favorite author to see when new things are progressing and just touch base. I read the blogs on amazon I buy about 1-2 books a day and that’s my main resource that has all my favorites that I auto buy their books.
Thanks for responding, Kristy, and helping me out with my questions on blogging. You must be a serious reader buying 1 to 2 books a day. Though, I probably would do the same if I had more time. 🙂
I don’t follow any blog specifically, and most of the ones I stumble across usually relate to parenting. I do like receiving a newsletter on occasion to let me know what’s new from people who blog, but I certainly don’t keep up daily, or even weekly with posts.
Thanks for the feedback, Jenna, it really helps.
I do read your newsletter for when the next book will be out. I look forward to them.
Thanks, Rosie! Nice to know you look forward to my newsletters.
Hey I love blogs especially when you are discussing release dates I cant wait for Diablos Angel keep up the good work Donna
Glad to know you love blogs, Christine. I’m working through the issues on Diablo’s Angel but I’m still not sure when it will release.
Hi, I have never read a blog and don’t really know what they are for honestly. I read your emails that you send to me and check your website and love the updates and book excerpts you send and the contests and freebies are nice. I know this is probably not helpful but I wanted you to know that I do read your emails. Right now I am so behind on my book reading but any time you put one out I read it right away!!! I’ll stay up all night if I have to especially if it involves Cree and Dawn. Can’t wait for warricks story!!! Love you Donna!!! Thanks!!!
I’m delighted to know you read my emails, Michelle, and that you enjoy the updates, excepts, and such. Cree & Dawn keep me up quite a bit. They always have a story to tell me. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.
I don’t read many blogs. They generally don’t keep my attention. I keep returning to read your blog and there are a few embroidery and seeing blogs I read. The blogs I prefer are upbeat and happy. I enjoy hearing about what you are doing and how your books are going. It would be awesome if you would blog more. 🙂
It’s so nice to know you enjoy my blog. I loved doing embroidery and sewing, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to fit everything into a day. I do fit some knitting in now and again and I do enjoy writing my blog. And since you’re encouraging me, I’ll see about blogging more often. 🙂
Love all your books. Also not into blogs but hey because I enjoy reading do not mind.
You have mentioned last year you will write a book again on the Highlander Dark Dragon. (Heather and Rys). Are this still in your bucket list for 2018?. We are sometimes battling to get our hands on your books in RSA but I buy my books online.
Thank you for all your great books Donna. Enjoy everyone of them.
So happy you enjoy my books. It always makes my day to hear that. I have a novella planned for the Dark Dragon and I would like to make it available in 2018, but I’m not sure if my schedule will allow it, though I’m going to try. 🙂