So this is a fairly new love, but it’s impact no less important.
Up until last summer, I was not a blog reader. I barely had an understanding of blogs. It wasn’t until I started looking into my publishing options that I found and immersed myself in them. Many hours into days and weeks were spent reading and what I kept hearing over and over again was that authors needed a blog to build their platform. Yes, I was a writer, but could I write a blog? On a schedule? I felt good about my voice for fiction, but what was my blogging voice? Only one way to find out.
I jumped in, emulating the blogs I liked and looking back, my early posts were not my best work. The topics I picked were good, but there wasn’t much life to them. Just a feeling, like when you read a story without rhythm. I kept at it, sticking to my schedule and eventually the posts improved along with reader response.
Blogging’s become a fun and addictive part of my platform building that’s also taught me a few things.
Writing on a schedule has kept my writing muscles working and even clued me in to my unnecessary wordage. I seem to love filling my work with “that” and “just”. For a while my wife kept finding and telling me to remove those words, but now I catch a lot more of them as I write.
Another great blogging aspect is if you’re being honest with your posts, you’ll touch others with that raw emotion. It’s such an awesome feeling to connect through my experiences and theirs. And as a byproduct you may surprise yourself with what you DID write because up until then, it was tucked away in your subconscious.
Basically with blogging, I can do the exact thing I want to do with books, in more frequent snack sizes. It’s my little piece of the universe to play in and I plan to stay for a long while.
Blogging as well? What do you like about it?
Info Stuff- Follow my ROW80 progress every Wednesday and Sunday and for the month of February, Tuesdays and Thursdays will be devoted to my Love series. Eight loves that have shaped me into the writer I am.
Want more of me? Head over to Draven Ames‘s blog for an interview I did with him. We talk Buffy, zombies and bunch of other cool topics.