Now, if you are a writer and you don’t have a blog, some might say you are missing out on a great free marketing avenue. If you’re an author and you haven’t yet ventured out into the blogging world, are you thinking about heading there? Do you already have a blog, but don’t have any more ideas on what to write about day in and day out? With the hundreds of millions of bloggers in cyberspace, I’m sure you’re not alone; however, I can only speak with certainty about my own personal experience as a blogger.
I began blogging in the early 2000’s when my first book, Shadowed Remembrances was released and I had a pretty good run and utilized Bravejournal.com and actually had a great following. After a while, life got in the way…you know, with that pesky fulltime job and all and I was not able to blog as much and as the years went by, I stopped blogging. I wasn’t sure that I saw the purpose in it.
I used the ensuing years to work on my current release, Mr. Shipley’s Governess, while I found the time and didn’t even give blogging another thought. I found a publisher for my second book and then after some time, the company closed down and I had to begin my search again for a new publisher. I used that time to re-edit my manuscript and then finally located another great publisher, Wild Horse Press. I signed the contract and got to work on creating my free website through weebly.com and was happy to see that they offered a blog on the actual website.
For the first three months, I really struggled with what to write about. I was working on another WIP, Island Honeymoon and I would share about my writing progress and when I got the book cover design for Mr. Shipley’s Governess and when the book video trailer was done, but I was not too proud of my blog and I was kind of glad I was not getting any followers that I knew of. Of course, people visited my website, but I wasn’t getting any comments on my blog and who would want to comment on that not so earth shattering commentary.
Then one day a few weeks ago, my perspective changed and I started writing posts with fellow authors in mind. I still post status updates and want to keep my readers informed, but I also want to provide content that is worthy of people wanting to read it and come back for more. I’ve written on my experiences with using Google Analytics for my website to thoughts on 9/11, and Why I Write and Do You Need a Press Kit, to name a few.
This change in my blog postings made me proud to share my work and I figured out how to link the posts to NetworkedBlogs on Facebook and I also have the postings linked to my Twitter page. Now, I don’t mind if people follow my blog because I feel good about the content I’m writing about. I am also sharing my blog posts as articles on some free article posting sites, because I’m trying to get my name more well-known and draw traffic back to my website.
So, now, I do see the value in blogging and I hope to continue for a long time. If you’re struggling with what to write about on your blog, think about making a schedule of what you’re going to do on various days. Currently, I only have author interviews scheduled for Mondays, and the rest of the week, (Tuesday through Friday), is pretty much free for whatever thought hits me that day.
I am looking for more authors to interview. I’ve already done a few interviews and as I mentioned in another blog posting, I have two interviews scheduled for the next two Mondays, after that, the schedule is open. If you are a novice writer with unpublished works, I would like to interview you as well. I have not yet decided what day to post those interviews. Contact me for more information if you fall into either of those two categories. If you’d like to interview me, I am always available for interviews as well.
Back to ideas for blogging, write about what you know and what experiences you are having with your writing career and add some facts to help others. For example, when I was trying to figure out what to put in my press kit, I did some research, got ideas, put my press kit together and then did a blog posting on it. It’s as simple as that. You have a wealth of knowledge and life experiences at your fingertips; just tap into that fountain and let the writing flow.