All Indie authors struggle with the vicious cycle of writing, publishing, marketing, blogging, tweeting, and starting the cycle all over again. The struggle doesn’t end unless you want to write one book, get it out of your system, and be done. For those of us who enjoy the craft, we must continue the cycle and that definitely means we must Blog!
Maybe traditionally published writers don’t need to blog. Perhaps famous indie authors don’t need to blog, but for those of us Indies who are interested in making a name for ourselves, and who are looking for a way to display our writing talents, our blog is where our readers (and other writers) should flock. Blogs are a display case for our work. What do you want to display?
I’ve been reading a lot of authors’ blogs over the past year and many have created a nice niche. One such specialty is the informational or writing support blog. This type of blog is especially beneficial if the author is capable of illustrating, in detail, something that has been plaguing my writing, publishing, or marketing.
The trick in getting me to stop and read an informational post is to feature a headline that says you will make my writing better in less than six easy steps. Six is usually as many steps as my mind will tolerate. If not that, then your name should be Nicholas Rossis, Kim Cox, or Chris The Story Reading Ape. These authors not only have the answers, but they provide step-by-step instructions or share data analyses that support their suggestions.
Others times, I like to read creative writing blogs by writers like Didi Oviatt and her collaborating partner, Kim Knight. John Fioravante, and Nonnie Jules are also favorites. Each of these bloggers seem to have found their authentic selves.
John Fioravanti blogs about historical dates and events. He also has a page dedicated to famous world figures who have inspired him and made a difference in how he chooses to write.
Nonnie Jules blogs about life, lifestyles, and her impressions of the world. She is concerned with our standards of living as we strive to coexist on this planet we all share. Her purpose appears, at times, to remind us of what the world can be if we just behave like civil human beings.
I look forward to Didi Oviatt and Kim Knight’s unique blogging style that encourages reader participation. We readers help to select a title. Then, the two of them, anonymously, collaborate together on the story. One of them will begin a tale and the other will end it. The reader doesn’t know who is writing which. The results are often wild, crazy and g-o-o-d! It’s a fun blog for me to spend time with.
Between and among all of the blogs that I read and follow, and in the face of so much information from these wonderful sources, I sometimes wonder should I even blog at all? And if so, should I share information to help the community grow or should I keep the community inspired and uplifted?
I’d love to be the storytelling blogger, or the lifestyle blogger, but my authentic self knows that the information blogger is a part of me, too. Alas, must I keep two or three different blogs for two or three different purposes? (I have a second blog that, frankly, I’m ignoring at the moment).
When I have the time and am patient enough to document what I’m doing, I can be the perfect research blogger, and that does happen, sometimes.
In order to succeed at being the research blogger, I must remember that when I need to know how to do something, my readers probably need to know it, too; and if and when I come up with a solution, I should blog about it. Usually though, by the time I’ve gotten to the answer, or stumbled upon a solution, I can’t remember all the steps that got me there.
So, today I’m sitting here listening to the rain storm that’s feeding my thirsty, dying garden and trying to write this blog.
I see a correlation between the rain and my problem (I’m stretching it. I know!). If the vegetable garden dies, I still have ice cream, and ice cream is like a pretty story that’s so easy to tell. The garden I must turn over, till, dig, plant, weed, and water. It’s a conundrum! Kind of like a vicious circle.
Alas, blogs are a display case for our work! Bear with me as I try to figure out if I can eat ice cream, lounge around, and be a world-class author and blogger.