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.

storm

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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