This series of articles were inspired by several author friends who have expressed awe at my organization (rude snort) or have complained about blogging. Since I’m not one to tell the truth, when fabrication will do, I thought I would throw off the veil of misconception, and reveal my less than stellar organization methods, as well as give a few blogging tips.
One major complaint my author friends have is that blogging is tedious and they don’t have the time. Time is a factor, yes, but with a little imagination, you can work out those issues. You need not do it on the day it’s due. Blog Spot and Word Press allow you to post things well in advance. When you have a few minutes, instead of watching Netflix, or chatting on Facebook or Twitter, go to the blog and cut and paste a few quotes. If you have them all set up with the copyright, links and any tags you want, you can do it very quickly. Get a system, streamline it, and go for it. Do what you can, come back to it later, do more.
CUT AND PASTE ARE YOUR FRIENDS! Learn to use them to your advantage.
Is it tedious? Yes. Boring? You bet. But I put on good music, open my files and can hammer out a full month in a couple hours. You needn’t do daily posts, unless you wish to. You can do every other day, a two days a week, or have one specific day each week that you post. Whatever you choose, be consistent. Don’t promise to post something new every Sunday, and fail to do it. And for goodness sake, don’t keep saying “I’ll write something soon!” No one has time for that.
A lot of my author friends have said that they didn’t get a steady following, so why bother to blog? The problem isn’t blogging, or the readers, it’s you. You must give your audience something new, or they’ll quit coming by. Give them a fun quote, a snarky comment, a deleted scene that you pulled from the book, an interview with one of the quirky characters – anything to keep their interest. I gave a lot of ideas in part 2 of this series.
By the way, it’s okay to post the same stuff in separate locations. Not all readers follow my Blog Spot, or Word Press Blogs. A select few follow both, but mostly they’re separate. I also have a separate following on Cereal Authors, though there are a few who have drifted over to Dellani Oakes. I make sure to link my Character Quotes and other excerpts, to that main blog.
Find friends who blog, ask them to share your snippets and articles on their pages, share theirs, help others with book launches. Their fans will visit your page, and they can look to see what you have as well. Each new hit is a feather in your cap.
It takes a lot time to build a platform. This doesn’t happen overnight. You can Tweet, Instagram, flood Facebook, tangle yourself up on Good Reads, and still not reach the people you’re after – readers. They want something to read. Readers are far less likely to want an article on How to Write. They don’t care about author resources. They aren’t in the writing business. Instead of making yourself crazy with a bunch of posts on grammar and story building, select bits of your stories and share them.
Feed the need and blog like ya mean it.
© 2017 Dellani Oakes