Have a platform. But don't have it unless you make it something new and interesting.
Have a blog. Let them know about you. But if it's about you, then don't have a blog.
Have a website. But it should be about something. Something other than facts that advertise your work and your writing. And several pages of it.
If you read all the suggestions out there for platforms and blogs telling a writer what to do to get noticed, your head would spin.
Mine did. I think it almost turned backward.
I thought...huh??? A website? Screaming that I DON'T have anything of significance published, and that I live so far away any agent/writer/publisher relationship would be destined to middle of the night incoherent conversations.
And a blog? To blend in with the six thousand other unpublished writers who have blogs trying to give writing advice to other unpublished authors. Not to mention the book reviewer blogs...the make connections blogs...the whine and complain blogs... and the please just give me a hug blogs.
I'm not saying these things don't have value, I'm saying I don't need to start ANOTHER one.
Because the truth is...if you're doing the work, making your book as good as it should be...the writing will stand out above the rest. If you don't have the skills that come with having done multiple drafts of your work to identify your voice, your weakness for poor vowel choices or bland dialogue, the holes in your plot, the moments that are perfection...then you are not ready to have a platform.
A platform can't stand up if it doesn't have any legs to begin with.
So my blog is really for a very small audience, and I know this. But I think my time is better spent writing.
At least while I still have my head.