As Stephen the King of Azul waited for his council to gather, he couldn’t help but be anxious at their pending decision. Soon, someone new would reign and he would be free to marry the woman he loved. He trusted the new ruler would not imprison his kingdom and make it vulnerable to other far-off lands. They had fought to keep peace with great success for many centuries and he had hoped his love for Stephenie would not be the kingdom’s demise.
For sometime now I have been tossing around creating a private group on Facebook for a few author friends. Well, I did it this morning! Yes, I belong to some very large groups that are great but I find the bigger the group, the bigger my inhibitions become about sharing my stuff. I also get asked many questions on a weekly basis about starting a blog or getting published. There is a wealth of knowledge out there on the net and learning this stuff doesn’t just happen over night. It takes time. Lots of time and the self-publishing industry is changing the face of publishing like we have never seen before and putting the power back in the author’s court. We have so much more control now and it is an exciting time to be a writer!
With that being said, there are a lot of things that authors can lack in– a community! This is important!! As the saying goes, “Writing is a solitary art, but that doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.”
If you are a new writer, established, or you have fiddled around with writing a story and never finished, this group may be for you.
I created a group. It is a private group. It WILL be a helpful group. It WILL be a respectful group.
If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of then answer these three questions:
#1 Are you an aspiring writer of Fiction, Fantasy, or Sci-FY?
#2 Do you need a community to bounce ideas off of?
#3 Are you a Christian? (Yes, I went there! 🙂 )
Tell me about yourself! If you leave a comment with your email I will send you an invite to this group. Now to avoid the spammer bots that slink around the web when you type your email don’t place the .com or space out each letter and I will figure it out. I will then comment that I sent you an invite so you can look for the invitation!
With love and work and, and, and, and….
The last month I have received several questions from friends that were thinking about starting a blog. I get the same question over and over again, “BUT, how do you get followers?”
I thought I would put together a beginner’s quick guide for newbie bloggers to start gaining readers. There is NO PERFECT formula but there are some general rules to help you get started.
#1. Stop worrying about getting followers if you just started your blog. That simple. Now, you will eventually want to set a goal you will want to reach but for now put the thought of followers out of your brain.
#2. Content. Content. Content. You need to focus on posting in your niche. Let’s say it is cooking. Post recipes, pictures, and cooking flub-ups (because we are human and your readers might like to know you mess up too). Videos are a great addition to a blog so if you have the skills to place up a video then do it. It doesn’t have to be Steven Spielberg movie quality– just show your personality.
#3. Post on a regular schedule. If it is once a month, make sure you post once a month. After awhile you can set that goal we talked about in step one. Maybe you want ten followers a day, then you are going to have to visit other blogs and be *blog socialable* (and yes, I just made that phrase up). Do not be spammy! Do not beg people to follow your blog. Be genuine and be yourself. You MAY gain followers this way you may not but it is the best start.
#4. I can’t stress this next one enough: Content. Content. Content. Get the picture?
#5. Make sure you tag your blog post with the right keywords. You DO NOT need to saturate your posts with a hundred tags. Make sure you pick relevant tags for your posts and it is important to tag each post separately. These tags help search engines find you on the world wide web!
#6. A call to action. If you want followers for your blog, ask them to follow you when you post your content. Many people will follow you if they like what you have to say and you just ask them to follow you. Do Not Spam their websites and blogs though. Only do this on your own blog or if you have something helpful you can offer another blogger perhaps reach out to them. Do not spam them.
Keep at it and you will see your followers grow. Make sure you click the follow me button on the right-side column <– see what I did there 🙂 and I will post more helpful tips to grow your blog in the coming week.
This is not a guide from A to Z but it will hopefully ease your unease about starting a blog… and for those of you that think you can start monetizing your blog right away—think again. Many of us have been at this long time. It takes time to build an audience and we love what we do and we would be doing it regardless of an income. I think that WordPress is a great site to start your blogging journey so do your own research and then jump in and blog!
If you have any helpful tips or even questions please, please share them below and help our community grow.
Think about that hotspot in your house that catches clutter. Got it pictured? Good. Now get up and go to it and then set your phone timer and clear the clutter for only 5 minutes. That is it. You don’t have to finish today, just get through the 5 minutes. If you completed the whole 5 minutes pat yourself on the back. If you didn’t get through the 5 minutes then take heart! Set your alarm for later in the day or tomorrow and try again. We can get this done, YOU can de-clutter your house. I am going to be sharing a project I have been working on for myself, the progress I have made, and what I did to get my walk-in closets organized.