In clicking over to read this post, you’re probably wondering what the difference between an A/B and a B/A is. I’ll start by saying it’s more than simple word order.
I had an epiphany a few weeks back whilst discussing blogging with another author. He was telling me how blogging felt like a chore, something he only did because it would promote the sale if his book. I, on the other hand, love to blog. It’s fun for me. My first experiences in writing for public consumption came by way of my humor blog, which I started a year before I even considered writing a novel.
My epiphany was this: my friend is an author/blogger, whereas I am a blogger/author. Realizing this took a lot of stress – stress I didn’t even know I had – off my shoulders.
I released my first novel just over four months ago. Up to the moment I hit “publish”, my public image was entirely my blog (tied to a Facebook page and Twitter account). I have a smallish but interactive following that has grown significantly in the past year, and even with the larger readership, the blog has a “family” feel to it.
Enter the book. I used the blog for initial book promotion, of course. I’d be crazy not to. But I wanted to get back to “normal” blogging quickly, which felt strange. It seemed everything now revolved around my book and trying to get people to notice it. That’s where the dissonance occurred. “How does this post promote the book?” I started asking myself. And it sucked.
It wasn’t why I started the blog.
My epiphany was freeing because it allowed me to compartmentalize. I can just be a blogger if I want to, not a constant book peddler. I can write posts about teaching or parenting or random funny occurrences, which have zero to do with the book, and not feel like I should be promoting. My purpose in blogging is different than that of the author/blogger. I’m not an author who blogs. I’m a blogger who wrote a book.
I’m writing this to encourage other blogger/authors. It’s easy to let our published books take control of our writerly lives, but if you’re like me and blog for the fun of it, take joy in that.
And the good news is, in being ourselves and openly sharing our craft, we might also manage to sell a few books.
How would you answer the question in the title?