Ways a Writer Can Make Use of Blogging - Revisited
1. Pick up the slack where print-pubs are floundering -- book reviews, literary criticism, etc.
2. Build a community among writers
3. Develop readers (that hopefully will transition on to your other work)
4. Develop your own original creative project.
Some blogs that do this well:
http://www.herecomeseverybody.blogspot.com/ -- Poet interview blog
http://poetrydailier.blogspot.com/ -- a poem not quite a day site
http://thepines.blogspot.com/ -- collaborative poetry site
http://greatamericanpinup.blogspot.com/ -- multiple author discussion site on poetics
5. Promote a new book:
http://howtopoet.blogspot.com/ How to Make a Living as a Poet
http://www.tropicofcubicle.com/ Tropic of Cubicle
6. Supplement a print publication:
http://versemag.blogspot.com/ Verse Magazine
7. Hone your own voice as a writer through daily practice
Additional Ideas Shared By Readers Of This Blog
Jim Behrle: "Advertise their new-found sexie qualities?"
Shanna Compton: "More presses are using blogs (or bloglike sites) to make announcements about new books and events. I think people like them better than the mass email lists. less intrusive, yet still full of good info. Personally, I originally started a site and then a blog just to teach myself web design/html. It's just like putting up a sign, hanging a shingle: "hey, I'm over here and some of my stuff is over there.""
Laura Carter: "Diversions from real work and/or studies? Places to fiddle with html and cool sidebar features?"
Rebecca Loudon: "1. Pick up cute poet boys. 2. Go crazy publicly."
Charles Jensen: "Place to found your own new literary movement and to mobilize members."