A-Z – Blogging

Blogging

Blogging

I was thinking about a topic for B – bookmarks was the obvious one, but most authors will use that. So I thought I’d blog about blogging!

I started blogging way back in the early days, before it was a “thing”. The earliest blog post that I’ve been able to find was in 2008! I have blogged about parenting, running a small business, writing, reading, life, and all sorts of things.

One question I see in a lot of writer’s groups is: Do I have to have a blog?

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Leave comments on blog posts

Comment on blog postsIf you’re anything like me, you follow a lot of different authors and writing sites, as well as blogs to do with areas of interest, and you read a lot of blog posts.

One thing that I have been trying to do lately is to comment on more of these posts, especially when the blogger makes it easy to do so.

Many blogs don’t require commenters to log in or subscribe to comment, and they allow you to include your name and URL when you comment. I’ve found that I often get people clicking through to my site when I comment.

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Looking to 2016….

Plans for next year

Plans for next year

Recently I read a great blog post by KA Last about making blogging work for you. You can read the article here. The questions at the end have been thought provoking, leading me to think about my own blog and what I want out of it.

I started this blog in 2011 as a way to share my writing journey and to keep me accountable for the things I was writing. Little did I know how it would evolve.

Since starting this blog, I have shared a lot about my writing journey, things I have learned about publishing and promoting books, participated in writing and blog challenges, and a whole lot more. There are over 500 posts that have been written and published in that time. I have also published my first book and had flash fiction stories published in a number of anthologies.

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ABC – Day 35 – Keeping up the momentum

Keep the momentum going

Keep the momentum going

What are you going to do to keep the blogging momentum going? What plans do you have to continue your connection with other Author Blog Challenge participants and the new readers you’ve generated for your blog?

Keeping a blog going can be challenging. Now that this challenge is over, assuming there are no bonus prompts, daily posts may not happen… but some of your favourite features will return, such as Friday Five. I am also working on new guidelines if anyone wants to send us a Friday Five guest post.

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ABC – Day 34 – Best part of the challenge

Best part of the challenge

Best part of the challenge

What has been the best part of participating in the Author Blog Challenge? What are your suggestions for improving the next Author Blog Challenge?

The last few weeks have been fun, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed my posts. One of the best parts of the challenge was having a prompt for a daily post. This has meant that I have been able to blog every day and know what I’m going to write about.

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ABC – Day 19 – Interview with a book lover

Interview a bibliophile

Interview a bibliophile

Find someone you know, either online or in the real world, who is a true bibliophile and interview them about their reading habits.

Today I’m interviewing my 11 year old son. He reads a lot of books and we struggle to keep up with him sometimes! I have written in the answers as he has told them to me.

He reads a lot as he has chronic fatigue, and reading is something that he has been able to do while resting when he’s really tired.

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ABC – Day 1 – Goals

My goals for Author Blog Challenge

My goals for Author Blog Challenge

A couple of years ago, I participated in the Author Blog Challenge and learned a lot about social media and how I can use it as an author. I learned a lot (you can read my posts here). I’m pleased that the Author Blog Challenge is back. The first prompt is:

What are your goals for the Author Blog Challenge? Do you want to introduce new readers to your writing? Increase traffic to your blog? Get in some extra writing practice? Share your very important message with the world? Use your first post to talk about why you joined the ABC, what your goals are, and what you hope to learn from the experience. In short, let your readers know that you’re participating in the ABC and why. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Blogging during a challenge #ChaBooCha #NaNoWriMo

Friday Five

Friday Five – Blogging during a challenge

I’m currently doing ChaBooChaLite, which means I’m in the middle of editing/writing a new book. There are many other challenges around, including NaNoWriMo, to help authors get those drafts written.

If you have a blog too, how do you keep it going while you’re in the middle of a challenge? Here are five tips to help you. These tips also apply if you’re taking some time away to finish a draft or get your book ready for publication. [Read more…]

Friday Five – Book week blog posts

Friday Five

Friday Five – Book Week blog posts

This week is Book Week. It’s a celebration of all things books and reading, and a great way for authors to raise the profile of their books.

Many authors will be doing workshops and author visits at schools, as well as having their own book week celebrations.

For any author with a blog, this is a good time to schedule some book week blog posts. Here are five ideas for posts for your website: [Read more…]

New Book: 52 Blog Post Ideas

52 Blog Post Ideas

52 Blog Post Ideas

I’m excited to announce the publication of my latest book: 52 Blog Post Ideas. This is the first in a series of eBooks with tips for authors, and is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time.

The idea behind these eBooks is to compile some of the tips that have been posted on this blog along with some fresh ideas and put them all in one place.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know I have been blogging for quite some time. A lot of authors are told that blogging is a great way to build a platform, but they have no idea what to write about.

I have compiled 52 ideas, one for every week of the year, to help authors get started. Whether you are new to blogging or looking for some fresh ideas, this is an eBook for you.

Get your copy on Amazon here.

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