Blogging

What is Your Blog About?

Recently after writing an 80k novel, I needed to take a break. I took a step away from blogging and social media and have only recently begun to catch up on blog posts, etc. Upon doing so, one post by a blogger asking this particular question caught my attention. It made me question my own blog.

When I began blogging many years ago, it was to stretch myself as a writer both in terms of craft and productivity. As an isolated profession, it was also a great way of meeting other writers and bloggers. Initially my blog was to be about my writing journey and what I have learned along the way and it still is. It has also been about what interests me and my genre/s. After doing some blogging and social media courses with author Kristen Lamb (which I highly recommend), one thing she mentions really sticks out: – talk about the stuff you’d talk about to friends – that makes the blog fun!

As a result my blog may be a bit of a mixed bag, which some people may or may not like, but it represents me as a person as well as a writer. After all, these days in the world of the internet, isn’t that what people want to see? Yes, I’m a writer and I talk about writing, but I don’t want to be the all-writing-all-the-time channel. That can get boring pretty quickly and there are plenty of writing blogs out there already from people with far more experience than me.

Author Anne R Allen believes that blogging can jumpstart your writing career even before you publish, where we need to treat it like a magazine. So in answer to the question my blog is about writing, the paranormal, history, film & television, crime/mystery and anything else that may take my fancy. I think having a blog showing a wide range of interests can be less inhibiting than focusing on one particular niche, although at times it can make one easily distracted. 😉

Blogging, like other forms of social media should be something we enjoy doing, therefore it doesn’t become such a chore and it’s a great way to build a community.

So, what is your blog about? Do you focus on a particular niche or do you have a wide range of interests? How has your blog evolved over time?

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – September, 2015.

tulips

Spring has finally arrived! The days are getting warmer, the birds are going crazy, the flowers are out and the scent of pollen is in the air (not good for those of us who suffer from hay fever). This month, I’ve found some helpful blog posts with a bit of a ‘back to basics’ approach to writing and social media. Happy reading!

Rachelle Gardener

Create a Compelling Book Title

Rachel Amphlett at Molly Green: Writer

Why Change Your Book Cover Artwork?

Kristen Lamb

Is Perfectionism Killing Your Writing Career? & The Secret to a Powerful Author Brand

Anne R Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

Beware Groupthink: 10 Red Flags to Watch For When Choosing a Critique Group & Does an Author Really Need a Blog? 10 Reasons a Blog May Help Your Career

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – August 2015.

kermit-in snow

This month a touch of spring is in the air at long last, however, those winter frosts and rainy days refuse to give up just yet. This month, I’ve found some helpful blog posts on writing, blogging and social media. Happy reading!

Atulya Bingham at The Alliance of Independent Authors

Book Marketing: How to Use Your Blog to Reach Readers for Your Books

Anne R Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

Why Social Media is Still Your Best Path to Book Visibility & What Should a Novelist Blog About? Do’s and Do’nts for Author-Bloggers

K.M. Weiland at Helping Writers Become Authors

New Story Ideas Distracting You From Your Book? Find Out What You Should Do

Susan Kaye Quinn at Writers Helping Writers

5 Tips for Success as a Self-Published Author

John Yeoman at Writers’ Village Wicked Writing Blog

Is It Worth Being An Author? (Truly?)

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – July 2015.

little-girl-snow

This month saw some good snowfalls in the Eastern States of Australia, and we were surprised to see that snow had fallen in our town. Years ago when we moved here, we were told it doesn’t snow – so this year the weather proved them all wrong! This month I’ve found some helpful blog posts to keep you motivated. Happy reading!

James Scott Bell at The Kill Zone

From Failure to Success in Writing

Jami Gold

Are You Dreaming or Doing?

Shawn Inmon at Indies Unlimited

If I Was Starting Over as an Indie Publisher

Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Writing Habits and Routines, Filling the Creative Well and More Tips on Writing and Productivity

Michelle Rene Goodhew

Is Short Story Writing Something You Should Do?

Kristen Lamb

No Success Without the GRIND & Is “Motivation” Useless? Are “Opportunities” Overrated?

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – June 2015.

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Winter has finally arrived here in Australia and the frosts have become heavier. Within the first week of June, the water around our water tank formed a stalagmite and the grass was literally ice underneath my feet. This month I’ve found some blog posts that I hope you find helpful with your current writing projects. Happy reading!

Debbie McClure at Molly Greene: Writer

The Writing Tsumani

Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers

3 Quick Tips To Help Readers Connect To Your Hero

Author, Jody Hedlund

How to Keep Readers From Hating Your Characters

Robin Rivera at WriteonSisters.com

Writing Tips for First Person POV

Patricia Abbott at Elizabeth Spann Craig

Working My Way Toward the Novel

Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

14 Dos and Don’ts for Author-Bloggers

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – May 2015.

polar-bears

Winter is almost upon us here in Australia; the last of the autumn leaves are still falling and light frosts have arrived. This month I’ve found some blog posts to help keep you motivated with your writing projects as we approach mid year. Happy reading!

Debbie A McClure at Molly Greene: Writer

Don’t Let Anybody Should On You! Take Charge of Your Life and Your Writing

Author, Jody Hedlund

4 Steps That Can Keep Writers From Dismal Failure

Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

10 Tips for Choosing the Right Book Title in the E-Age

Jeff Gerke at Jane Friedman.com

Begin Your Novel with Action: A Good Rule?

Claire DeBoer at Positive Writer

Writers: Your Voice Doesn’t Need to be Louder than the Rest!

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – April 2015.

seating in autumn

April has seen some big storms throughout the state of New South Wales. Temperatures have dropped so low, it’s feeling more like we’ve moved straight into winter rather than the middle of autumn. Here is a list of blog posts to help keep you inspired during the cooler months. Happy reading!

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Against All Odds – What’s Our REAL Chance of Becoming a Successful Author?

Jenny Bravo at Blots & Plots

10 Things Finishing a Novel Taught Me About Writing

James Scott Bell at The Kill Zone

How Should Characters Change?

Author, Jody Hedlund

7 Setting Basics Than Can Bring a Story to Life

J. A. Konrath at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

The Path to Success

Robin Houghton at Anne R Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

Ten Reasons for Authors to Blog

Delilah S. Dawson at whimsydark

Please Shut Up: Why Self-Promotion as an Author Doesn’t Work

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Writing Blogs

A Month in Blogs – March 2015.

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The last days of summer have begun to fade away this month and a chill is in the air. With the cooler weather, it’s a great time to get outdoors to do some reading. I’ve found some great blog posts this month for those of you testing the waters with a new writing project, taking the plunge into publication or drowning in social media. Happy reading!

Nina Amir at The Book Designer

So You Want to Write a Book? Just Do It!

Alicia Rades at Helping Writers Become Authors

Relax! Beta Readers Aren’t Scary: Here Are 3 Truths About Them

Linda S. Clare

Writing YA? How to Know for Sure

Angela Ackerman at Romance University

You Wrote a Killer Love Story…But Did You Romance the Reader?

Anne R Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

How Do I Sell My Book? 6 Tips for New Authors

Jane Friedman

My 5 Philosophies of Social Media

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A Month in Blogs – February 2015.

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This month sees the end of summer here in Australia, and some of you may already be struggling with your new writing resolutions. Starting this month, I have compiled a list of blog articles that you might find helpful with your writing projects. Happy reading!

Lynda R Young at Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Rewrite an Old Manuscript or Let it Die?

Jody Hedlund at Author, Jody Hedlund

One Important Thing Many Writers Neglect to Do While Waiting

Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Fiction Writers: How to Find Your Ideal Reader

Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog (with Ruth Harris)

Should You ‘Send Out’ That First Novel? 9 Things to Consider First

Kimberley Grabas at Your Writer Platform

Blog Post Ideas for Writers: Solving the ‘What Do I Blog About?’ Conundrum

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Author Blogs.

There has been some discussion of late amongst writers on what content to have within their blogs. This is an issue I have been grappling with myself for quite some time now.

As an unpublished author, I have the advantage of experimenting with my blog to find out what works and what doesn’t. When we start out we naturally blog about writing, however there are so many blogs on this topic that the humble beginner can get lost in the crowd. Published authors also blog about writing; they know what they’re talking about and are well informed about the industry. I have read both Get Known before the Book Deal by Christina Katz and We Are Not Alone by Kristen Lamb, and both recommend authors blog on topic. With this in mind, I decided to take a step back to see exactly what other authors were doing when it came to blogging.  Here’s what I discovered:-

  • Authors blog about writing and the writing process.
  • Authors blog about their books – new releases, book signings, television versions of their novels, etc.
  • Authors review books they like by other authors.
  • Authors talk about the inspiration behind their books.
  • Authors discuss how they became writers.
  • Authors blog about social issues that affect them.
  • Not all authors blog.

I was beginning to see a pattern emerging; when authors blog, they talk about books in one form or another; they also blog about topics that interest them and therefore can inspire their writing. When I read books by an author I enjoy reading, I look them up on the internet to find out more about their books.  If I’m lucky, I can also find out more about them as people.  These days, people want to find out more about the personal lives of celebrities.  Fortunately, authors don’t seem to have to put their lives under the microscope, but it is always fascinating to learn about how they became writers and what inspired them. There have been biographies written about authors such as Jane Austen, the Brontes and Charles Dickens for example, because as readers we are fascinated about them as writers.

By undertaking this research, I have discovered a number of things. As writers it is only natural that we need to talk about our books (and those of others) and our inspiration behind them. This not only informs the reader on what our books are actually about, but also lets them know a little bit about our own personalities and what we are passionate about. If we are passionate about certain topics this will come through in our writing for both our books and our blogs.  I have recently discovered something that I’m passionate about just by undertaking this research – it has allowed me to dig deeper.

So where do I go from here with my own blog? Yes, I’ve been guilty of blogging about writing (I think we all have from time to time), but it is one of my passions.  Here are some of the things I’ll be blogging about:-

  • Books.
  • The writing process.
  • Specific locations of where my stories are set.
  • Topics I’ve researched.
  • Time periods I’ve researched.
  • The inspiration behind my stories.

Blog what you are comfortable with; write about your passions. The main thing to remember about blogging is to have fun! I’m looking forward to blogging in the future – what about you? 😀

Have you undertaken your own research when it comes to author blogs? What have you discovered? What do you like to see in an author’s blog? What don’t you like to see? Do you think authors should blog at all?

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