For the next few weeks I'll be running a series on Blogs!
Blogs, BLOGS, Blogs...
What are they, who are they for, why are they effective, how to blog, and more. I encourage you all to leave your feedback and tips as well. I have lots of blogging experience, but I'd love to hear your blogging successes! Ever learning...
Part 1 in the series is about a blog's scope and reach. Go here.
Part 3 is about What do I need to know about blogging. Go here.
This week we're addressing: How? How to find the time and ideas to blog!
How? How do you find the time and ideas?
- Join forces, find other like-minded people and figure out a schedule. Gina Conroy started a blog for moms who are writers (published and unpubbed). Her blog now has 400+ links to it! Of course, our CAN blog is another great example.
Writer Mom Interrupted
CAN Book Marketing
- Host your own blog with guest bloggers. This is great if you don’t think you can blog everyday. Ask others to contribute. I do this through my posts such as “10 Questions For . . .” and my current one “10 Things I Wish I’d Known.”
- Write many blogs ahead of time then post every morning.
- Write your blogs and then recruit help for posting. (I have an assistant who does this. I just email what I want posted.)
- Be real. Think about things you share with your friends over coffee . . . these are great things to blog about.
- Think about common questions you receive about your life and writing. Answer them in blog form. (Share the behind-the-scenes of your book. Talk about your motivation for writing. Tell about how you hope to touch readers’ lives. Chat about how readers have responded to your book.)
- Think story. Don’t only think about relating information. Use a story to relate a part of you.
- Think “felt need.” It’s not about YOU it’s about the reader. What are they going to get out of the blog?
When? When should I start?
Did you think I was going to say “Today”? Not quite:
- Pray about this possible new ministry.
- Write down your goals for your blog.
- Think about the “personality” you’d like to portray.
- Set priorities. (Is this a priority for you at this time?)
- Look at your schedule and be realistic.
- Check out other people’s blogs. Write down what you like and don’t like.
- Look at Blogger, Typepad, MySpace and other blog hosts and consider your options.
- Make a blogging plan and stick to it like any other writing and marketing goal.
Christian Fiction Blog
List of Reviewers: http://christianfictionblogalliance.com/REVIEWER_LIST.html
Novel Journey: http://www.noveljourney.blogspot.com/
Lisa Samson: http://lisasamson.typepad.com/
Dave Long's Faith in Fiction: http://faithinfiction.blogspot.com/
Lisa Koons’s The Uprising: http://theuprising.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Marilynn Griffith's Rhythms of Grace: http://www.marilynngriffith.typepad.com/
Dee Stewarts Christian Fiction: http://christianfiction.blogspot.com/
The Master's Artist: http://tpr.typepad.com/themastersartist/
Girls Write Out: http://www.girlswriteout.blogspot.com/
Forensics & Faith: http://www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com/
Romancing the Blog: http://www.romancingtheblog.com/blog/
Deeann Gist's Blog: http://www.deeannegist.com/blog/
Mary DeMuth's Relevant Prose: http://relevantblog.blogspot.com/
Mick Silva's Blog: http://www.yourwritersgroup.com/
Terry Whalin's The Writing Life: http://terrywhalin.blogspot.com/
John Kremer’s: http://www.openhorizons.blogspot.com/
Camy Tang's: http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/
Karen Hancock's Blog Writing from the Edge: http://karenhancock.blogspot.com/
J Mark Bertrand’s Blog: http://www.jmarkbertrand.com/fictionblog.asp
Charis Connection: http://charisconnection.blogspot.com/
A Life in Pages: Angela Hunt http://alifeinpages.blogspot.com/
Tricia Goyer’s It’s Real Life: www.triciagoyer.blogspot.com