I have serious doubts about this one. It seems strange to me that most agents seem to think that a blog and followers establishes a large base of readers who will buy the blogger's book when it comes out. If it's a non fiction book, or if the fiction writer has a particular area of expertise that is central to all her books and is the theme of her blog, as well (like the law, or medicine, or flying airplanes—hi, Karlene, or even something like knitting or cats), then I can understand the agents' request/demand. Otherwise, not so much.
Furthermore, I've heard, as all of you probably have, that blogging about writing is not what agents want you to do because other writers are not the platform audience you should be building. That begs the question: if, like so many writers, you don't have a particular expertise/theme like those mentioned above, then, from the agent's point of view, why should you blog?
- What do you think? Is this different for traditionally published authors than for indie authors?
- What has your blog-to-readership experience been, or what do you think it likely to be?
- Why do you blog? (Personally, I blog because I love the content nature of blogs. I love writing about what's important to me and connecting to the people who read my blog and getting their ideas about books/writing.)