A new blog every week? Views welcome

Robert Pimm
Robert Pimm

It has been a good run.

Since 12 August 2017 I have written a blog every week, usually published on a Saturday afternoon, in addition to writing my new novel and one or two other writing projects such as the Hotel Stories.

Thanks to all my readers for clicking on robertpimm.com, and sometimes the links in the blogs.  It makes me happy when you do so.

And should I update my author pic from the 1981 black and white version?

It is not always easy to produce a blog every week.  Today, for example, I have written my novel for a couple of hours, have 30 minutes to write my blog, then am going out for a walk and to watch the England-Sweden game.

Usually my blogs take 2-3 hours to write – time when I could be writing that novel!

So I have a couple of questions for you.  You do not have to answer all or indeed any of them, but feedback would be welcome.  You can find a “comments” form at the bottom of this page.  Or you can write to me privately using the “Contact me” tab at the top of the page.


(i) does the regularity of my blogs, ie one a week on a Saturday afternoon, make any difference to you, as readers?  Or would it be just as good if they appeared randomly or occasionally?

(ii) are there subjects which appeal to you particularly?  For example, would you like more or less book or movie reviews, more or less on feminism and women’s issues, more or less about my novels and short stories, or more or less something else, such as my long-term project “The Americans” (again, see tab at top of page)?

(iii) how useful are links to other blogs?  For example, how many of you have read last week’s rather fine blog about George Mikes making fun of the English?

(iv) do you have any other comments about the blog?  For example, is the navigation clear?  Is anything confusing or misleading?  All thoughts welcome.

Thank you in advance!

Robert Pimm

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8 Responses

  1. Good questions all Leigh – and ones that I have also been asking myself. I’m in favour of regularity myself; every Saturday, or every other Saturday, suits my way of reading. I love the diversity of your blogs so have no preference whether it’s football, film, books, travel or anything else – it’s your ‘take’ on the subject that makes it interesting. I understand that you want to mention your other writing but, to be honest, most of your regular readers are more than aware of your literary output and, like me, are waiting for the Amazon version of Biotime. Links to other blogs are, I suspect, problematic because most people prefer to remain in their comfort zone. It’s hard enough to get readers to leave Facebook and cope with the new layout/navigation of your own blog; asking them to do so again by going to a stranger’s page is, in my limited experience, not simple. JR

    1. Thanks Jony good points all. A tricky balance between publicising your “main” fiction writing – if such it is – and advertising your ability to write something interesting through the blogs. Once I have a first draft of the present novel (code name: The Boy Friend) finished, I shall consider whether next to revise and publish “Biotime” or do something with “Istanbul Rising”, my Istanbul novel. More tough decisions ahead.

  2. OK I’m going to disagree – I think random blog posts would be even better, to keep us on our toes, and you could use the extra time for more novels (we’re waiting!)

    And I read and enjoyed the post about George Mikes 🙂

    1. Thank you for this. Random or regular, that is the question. I am inclined to stick to every Saturday for now, which means – it’s time to get cracking! Watch this space…

  3. I love your book reviews especially when they are related to feminism ! Your journalism pieces and everyday stuff like “how to be happy” are also a delight !

    1. Will maintain the feminism theme for sure, if only because Ms N and Tatiana from the “Hotel Stories” will not allow me to do otherwise! Who knows – perhaps an 8th Hotel Story may appear soon…?

  4. No preferences for timing or subjects, Leigh, though it might be interesting (and provoke replies) to have three or four in a row on one subject. The George Mikes was very good.

    1. Thanks Paul. Thoughts always welcome. I am moving a little towards book reviews, perhaps as a result of enjoying a few recently. Next up: Raymond Chandler.

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