I’ve often wondered, “Is a blog supposed to represent one’s writing genre?”
For example, would Stephen King, if he were a normal moron like you and me, write on a blog site titled, “Scared Shitless?” As fast as that fucker is, he’d crank out short-story posts and write a 500-page novel half asleep while blasting Metallica.
You see, I’m no standup comedian. But my current novel I’m pitching is a dark comedy. I guess I find comedy in dark, dramatic moments. I’ll be honest, I can’t crank jokes out of my ass the way Kevin Hart can. That dude’s super funny. Period.
Off-beat comedy is harder to pull off, in my opinion, than the Kevin Hart type of comedy. Dark comedy is a balancing act between real life and humor or irony that is tied so inherently to the human condition, despite the tragedy in it all.
Deep stuff. Right? So, what to do?
Is it all right if your blog topics and interests are unrelated to your “break out” novel? Like the characters we try to form, we’re three-dimensional. Our writing should reflect that.
I just read Jane Friedman’s blog, the title alone telling you what she thinks regarding the subject: Please Don’t Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why.
I definitely agree that a blog is different from a novel. It reads differently and it should be a contrast. But, I’m not an expert. I just know that my 3 blogs aren’t at all in the same style as the 2 novels I’ve completed.
Blogging is a different type of writing altogether, yet industry pros say it’s vital to have one if you’re an aspiring writer.
The Bottom Line:
I personally think it’s fine to have blogs that don’t align with the novel(s) you’ve written. I also think most agents and publishers realize that blogging is its own genre, or at least they can market it that way. Again, I’m not a published author—yet—so I can’t say for sure if my hunch is correct.
Worst-case scenario…I can start a 4th blog designated to my specific genre. But, hopefully that won’t be necessary. Three is enough right now for me.
I’m attending a writer’s conference this weekend in Los Angeles, so I’ll definitely be taking notes and picking some brains. I’ll let you know what I find out.