Thursday, March 26, 2015

A blog too! Is there no end to an author's duties? #blogging @mimi'sgang1

Now we're at #7

A Blogger – not every person wants to blog and that’s just fine. I understand that you must sometimes feel as though you haven’t a minute to spare. After all, once you've gotten your words written every day, the thought of dragging more out of your brain can be overwhelming. I know and I sympathize.

But when I first began my journey in this career and happy to soak up any advice others were willing to share, I listened to a smart, successful author who told me this: Write a blog and make sure to put out posts every few days. You’ll be surprised at how much that practice will benefit you in the end. Plus, it’s a good way to gain followers, make friends and the perfect place to advertise your work.”

Turned out to be the truth and I still thank the good Lord that I took her advice.

For me, although it’s time-consuming, it’s helped tremendously with my writing. Because of blogging, I can write faster, smoother, my mind wraps itself around issues I want to talk about a lot quicker than it used to and I put that down to the constant training.

You know, when I started, I really worried I’d run out of material. Nah! Ain't ever gonna happen! There’s more information gathered in my poor aching brain than I would have imagined. Sharing it works for me and, I hope, for the readers.

The topic I chose - Facts and fiction about becoming an author! - was near and dear to my heart. I wanted to help others who had the same dreams of success. Some have already experienced parts of the journey and still others are now following the well-trodden path and finding it filled with many of the same pitfalls I encountered along my way. Therefore, if my blogging about the issues I came up against will stop others from making the same errors in judgement, then I’m a happy blogger.

And… I do understand that not everyone wants to write about the same subject. And why should you? Choose a theme that lights you up. Make sure you’re at least somewhat knowledgeable so there’s not a huge amount of research.

Don’t be fooled. Remember, that a lot of blog readers are just ordinary folks who enjoy learning something new and being entertained. And… there’re a whole lot of them.

In fact, I checked Wikipedia and this is the stats: On 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr and 75.8 million WordPress blogs in existence worldwide. According to critics and other bloggers, Blogger is the most popular blogging service used today, however Blogger does not offer public statistics. Technorati has 1.3 million blogs as of February 22, 201.

Now, it only stands to reason that if those blogs are surviving, it’s because there are people who are interested and following them.

Another motivation for me to keep up my blog is because, since I joined Triberr, I have a huge number of people who view my posts. Many have become friends who support me. Some are just strangers checking out specific stories, being drawn in by the titles. No matter! Gotta tell you - I love them and I love my blog.

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  1. Mimi,
    I confess to not like blogging...I don't like feeling confined to a schedule, and I like writing long pieces, like books! HOWEVER, once I see the responses come in, I feel so much better for having posted, especially when people express their thanks for a subject that affected them. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Carole - I have to admit to not liking the stress of always having to have a post - every few days - at first it was kind of threatening to my peace of mind. Now I look forward to stealing a few minutes to write for my blog. Talk about reversals :-)