For years I looked at blogs and rolled my eyes. Why would I ever need to blog?
I had this same response with Tivo. I had the same reaction to satellite radio. I did it with my iPhone. In each of the situations I had a response, see below, that, for me anyway, covered it. (See the second part of each to understand why I was fooling myself!)
-I have cable television why would I possible need Tivo. -- No, I didn't see that show, I was busy.
-Satellite radio? Really, what's the big deal? -- Howard Stern? No, he's not on in my market anymore.
-An iPhone? I already have a smart phone that lets me do everything I need. -- No I missed that meeting, see my phone didn't synch...
Fast forward a few years and now I have Tivo, Sirius/XM, an iPhone and a whole lot of other things that I, at the time, couldn't possibly have needed at the time. I, candidly, don't know how I did without them.
On top of this I also have a blog. I never thought I would be blogging, but now I can't imagine how I was able to write The Trust without a blog.
--A pause for a moment of encouragement to all of those who don't have a blog. Get one. Loads of places make it really easy to do.
Since I've started this blog, I find I'm making myself write more frequently, I pay a more attention to things around me (I need ideas for the blog after all!!) and, it seems, the words all around are coming a bit more freely.
Now, I recognize I'm new to this world of blogging and at the present, I do have a feeling I'm blogging to the vastness of cyberspace, but the benefit far outweighs any burden.
Here are a few things I have learned so far that seem to be paying off and helping me encounter a few people along the way who are looking over what I have to say. A few have even returned with friends.
1 - First and foremost, I believe you should write what you know. I will likely write, among other things, about publishing with a smaller publisher because, this I know. Hopefully I will someday be able to blog about selling many vast thousands of books, but that will have to be a topic for a later date because right now, I know nothing about it, but to dream....
2 - Don't over blog. Two, maybe 3 blogs per week. However, be consistent. Too many and people get blog fatigue. To few and you'll have no readers.
3 - Compose concise blogs of perhaps no more than 400-600 words.
4 - It is also my goal to have something to say rather than just ranting - though a little ranting can be a good thing.
5 - I'm quickly learning that shameless promotion is a requirement. It's also a requirement to read the blogs of others. The benefit here is that I am learning a great deal and supporting the blogs of others. It also seems that bloggers are a supporting lot.
6 - Always be up for trying new things to get the word on your blog out. There are loads of information out there for bloggers, so eat it up.
7 - Be persistent and consistent. Sort of redundant with number 2 above, but I believe it takes a while to build up a following. So stay at it.
8 - Lastly, Have Fun!!!
Sean Keefer is the author of The Trust, a tale of mystery/suspense set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
The Trust is the Debut Novel from Sean Keefer.
I'm happy to consider books for review. I'll review hard and paperbacks. I'll also be happy to review eBooks but can only do Nook or PDF format. Email me from the Contact page for more information. Thanks!