Blogging: Love Series Part 6

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.

12 comments on “Blogging: Love Series Part 6

  1. Andrew, my favorite part of blogging is connecting with people. I love conversations. When I first starting blogging, I didn’t have very many followers, but that has grown little by little. And then, when I post something a little controversial, like my post about religion and the paranormal, suddenly I get people on my blog that are brand new. Honestly, I just love people And blogging is a way to get to know them.

  2. I forget how long I’ve been blogging sometimes. I have had a blog since my early 20’s (and still do have that blog, even though I don’t post in it very often). I’ve needed blogs for very different reasons over the years, and they have definitely added to my writing style. I started out using writing as an escape (pre-blogs), started using writing to examine reality (my first blog), used it to connect with people, used it to connect my fantasy world (stories) with other people (this is where the dash of reality really helped I think), and now I’m starting this one up and still trying to figure out what it wants to be, lol.

    • With some exceptions, I generally go for the personal blogs because I like to get know the person as a person. That’s what I want for this blog, to be able to share my thoughts and experiences and attract like-minded people. So far so good.

      • With any blog you still get to know a person. They always shine through.

        Though, I will say I had the absolute best results with the story blog. People found me, and through talking back and forth about the story, we all became friends. That could be for any number of reasons really, but never count anything out, lol.

        • I’d thought about a story blog, but I wanted to do it with a few people, kind of how a TV show has a team of writers. Never could get it going. Maybe one day. I’ve thought about it more since L.M. Stull and some other writers started up the Splintered Lands blog.

          • I think that would be a really cool idea, a group of people working on the same project. But I can see how it’d be hard to start up. A lot of writers do seem to be somewhat solitary creatures.

            Also, I totally forgot to thank you for that link on Twitter. I saw it, and haven’t had a chance to fully explore it yet, but what a neat idea!

          • I also think many writers are juggling multiple responsibilities and getting everyone’s schedule to line up is tough.

            You’re welcome for the link!

  3. Hi Andrew 🙂

    I am really enjoying my blog for exactly the reasons you mentioned – it’s giving my writing muscles a workout which means that writing a couple of chapters a day for my novel isn’t an issue anymore. And it’s not only getting into the swing of writing daily, but also of connecting with yourself daily, to find that place within that the stories come from.

    I have posted a couple of stories and a poem on my blog, but mostly it’s just me – sounds boring, and possibly is to many people, but enough have showed interest that I’m happy to keep doing that. Although today I intended to do something a bit different – I don’t know how far I’ll get with it.

    I started a blog as a way of building a platform, I’ll be honest. But that benefit is only seen when you can say to a publisher that you have had tens of thousands of hits, i.e. it takes time. But the benefits for me personally and my writing have been immediate and enormous and that, I did not expect.

    I look forward to reading some of your writing some time 🙂 If you want a beta reader, you know where to find me 🙂

    • Well, you are treating writing as a profession, so it’s not a surprise to start a blog for platform. Yeah, it’s been a fun experience and I’m only a few months in.

      Thanks for the beta offer! I’ll remember that and I’m definitely curious as to what’s happening in the Anne-Mhairi brain. Especially since that back of yours has you cooped up all day with only your thoughts for company.

  4. I started blogging originally to communicate with our families about our homeschooling, and I wanted a way to hone my writing skills. Since then have discovered book bloggers, then nanowrimo and authors and my blog has evolved with me. I enjoy it, otherwise wouldn’t do it. Blogging has helped get me out of my box and spread my wings a bit. Although I’m still a true blue introvert in real life. Through blogging, I’ve meet a diverse group of people I probably would have never have gotten to know in real life. I’ve found most bloggers to be quite easy to talk to, open, welcoming and helpful.

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