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Blog Prompt for May 2017

I will be posting regular blog prompts for those who enjoy writing but find it difficult to come up with something to write about for their blog.

I haven’t decided to do this weekly or monthly, so for now, it will be monthly and we will see how many participate, how this idea is received.

MayPrompt 2017

My answer:

For myself, my choice of drink depends on when I’m writing. If in the morning or through the day, I drink coffee with sugar-free Hazelnut creamer.

If at night, I sip a mix of Rum, diet seven up, with a splash of V8 splash juice added. It tastes like punch…but has a punch. Get it? I call it- Splish Splash.

I write better at night, with alcohol, because it quiets the inner editor and the muse delights in having a party.

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If you wrote about this prompt, add a link back to your post in comments below, or just add a comment with a link back to your blog.

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Multiple Blogging

MultipleBloggingThere are times I take on too many projects, or in my case, blogs. I thought you might find them interesting, but also, I wanted to share the idea that writers, or would-be authors, might benefit from blogging on their interests.

writersjourneyA Writer’s Journey is this blog, that focuses on the writer audience. I share resources, links, video, and my own journey with writing that includes publishing but also the craft of writing. Embedded in The Western MD Writers site. www.westernmdwriters.com

moonshadowMoon and Shadow focuses on the pagan (earth centered religions) traditions including ritual, beliefs, crafts, and activities that celebrate the pagan religion. I focus on the elements of faith to help guide and balance our lives.

lpcblogLearnthepc.net Blog is my business blog where I share tips and hacks, reviews, and other technology related topics. This is embedded in my web site Learnthepc.net.

mlaAnd finally, My Life is an Adventure, my personal blog, which I occasional post about my life and interests. This is linked to my web site SharonPoffinberger.com.


So you might be asking yourself “How the heck does she do all that?” Well, sadly, I don’t. I tend to ignore posting regularly like I should. But I can share tips that I intend on following.

  • Schedule your writing. Blogging should be done regularly, but however you wish to blog is up to you. You can post daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, but be consistent.
  • Brainstorm topics to write about. This is easy for me, and I keep a folder under my browser bookmarks entitled ‘blog ideas’. This includes topics specific to each blog as well as ideas to spark more ideas. I also keep a notebook for ideas I want to write about each month.
  • Vary the length of your posts. Consider mixing longer posts with shorter posts. Some blogging can include only mentioning a link to a resource, or a graphic you wish to share with your readers.
  • Quality over quantity. I notice many great blogs include quality posts that might be infrequent, as opposed to many posts that can overwhelm the reader.
  • Topic consistency. Unlike my personal blog which tends to cover topics from homeschool, to pagan topics, to writing, to funny things that interest me, a good blog should focus on a genre of ideas.
  • Call to action. This area I tend to forget or not do for various reasons. It sounds so ‘salesy’ to me, like I’m hawking wares on a street corner or something. Blogs generally ask readers to do something such as share links to the post/blog, to join a mailing list, to subscribe, or take some sort of action that benefits the blogger. It’s a good idea, but I don’t like blogs/sites that pop up messages demanding I do this so I don’t on my blogs/sites.

Do you blog? Share in comments. Do you blog more than one blog? Let me know. I’d be curious your experiences and advice you’d like to share.

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Online Author Platform

Building an online platform is basically your online precise as an author. Agents and publishers will look you up on the Internet, and you must consider what impression you present as an authority and your following.

The challenging I found was to find branding for myself. As a flake creative person, I tend to want too many things, change things too much, and scatter myself too thin online. I try too many hats, as it were. This leaves me muddled and ineffective with goals

This year, I’m learning to focus (which is a Herculean endeavor) to brand myself as a writer, graphic artist, and web designer.

I hope the following links will help others to streamline their author platform building;

The 6 Components of an Online Author Platform

This is an excerpt of a lengthier tutorial on components of an online author platform. Even the 4 minutes or so provides some insight, and gives you a taste of what the full tutorial offers. ($16.99 for this video tutorial or $16.58 to subscribe per month to all Writer’s Digest library of tutorials)

Or view this Google Hangout (1 hr. long) discussing the Author Platform. (free)

author platform

What do you find the most challenging in building your author platform? Do you have a website? Blog? Social sites? Do you find them effective? Post in comments your thoughts.

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Writer blog fun

Writing Blog FunThe other day, my writer’s group talked about blogging for writers. Authors, or would-be authors, should consider this medium as a means for marketing their writing. However, it also provides a wonderful means to exercise your writing (or show off your mad skillz) to the world.

Some writers ask me “But what would I write about?” My response is often “You’re a writer- MAKE S#!& UP!” So here are a few blogs to illustrate my point;

 

garThe Evil Overlord Handbook is by Gar the Pitiless. The author writes as an evil character, but unfortunately, doesn’t write much now. His posts are incredibly entertaining and well worth the read.

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The British, modern day series of Sherlock also boasts not just Sherlock’s Blog, but also of Dr. Watson.

From the show, the characters talk about their blogs, which include the posts they mention. Even the side character, Molly Hooper, has a blog.

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I once wrote a blog (no longer published) from the viewpoint of a housewife by day, secret agent at night. I even created a villain, Kang Fang of the Nepal Mafia who sought to take over the world. Since I didn’t gain too many readers, I ended up not writing posts in favor of other projects. But it was fun.

A fellow writer who enjoyed my fan fiction wrote me and volunteered to play the role of Kang Fang. We even explored writing a shared story, taking turns with scenes between two agents. It was hilarious fun for us.

Even if you don’t wish to explore the fictional world. a non-fiction author can utilize their blog to write about the topic of their books. This helps build trust for readers.

For example, if you write about gardening, you might blog about gardening techniques, or share tips. If you write about health, you could post about medical conditions, new discoveries in health, or share personal stories about health on your blog.

The important takeaway is that a blog provides you a valuable and fun tool to gain readership through your writing skills. Show off your writing skills and let your imagination run wild.

 

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