Being a brand-new blogger, I’m on the hunt for great resources to help me learn to build an excellent blog. I’ll feature several resources/blogs over the next few Mondays that have expanded my blogging horizons. If you want to get great blogging tips specifically for writers, stayed tuned!
For eight months I thought about starting a blog. Still, I wouldn’t commit, well, basically because of the word COMMIT. Blogging meant being committed to a time frame, a deadline and having others read my thoughts. (Wait a minute, isn’t that the definition of a writer? Duh.) Inserting myself into a medium in which I had no expertise and experience scared the SEO right out of me . Something could happen. Something could go wrong. Perfectionist Me said “No way! What if someone caught you doing the blogging equivalent of wiping your snotty nose on your sleeve?” So I gave in to Perfectionist Me, pouted and lurked on all the expert blogs to see if I could find the golden ticket to conquering my technostress.
Then I discovered this peppy blonde from the Big D who wanted to help social media-challenged individuals like myself. I started following her blog, and liked what I read. Plus since we both have the same first name (different spelling, mind you), I knew it was a sign from the social media gods – follow/friend/stalk this woman, she knows her stuff! Kristen Lamb declared it was possible for writers to wrangle social media and have FUN blogging. After reading her blog for a couple months, I bought her book We Are Not Alone: A Writer’s Guide to Social Media.
With humor and easy-to-understand language, even a newbie like me could learn about social media, digital community and branding with Kristen’s help. The encouragement from We Are Not Alone helped me get more involved on Facebook and brave the social media whitewater rapids that is Twitter.
I took the final step in the social media triumvirate and started a blog at the end of May. I’ve been posting in fits and spurts, but was still uncertain about my blogging vision, and whether I would survive the blogosphere.
At just the right moment, it’s Kristen Lamb to the rescue again (cue theme music from Superman) and her new book Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer. I bought it immediately. Some advice from Are You There Blog I’ve been able to apply:
- Use your name in your blog title – as a fiction writer you are your brand
- Take the time to comment on other blogs in a meaningful and conversational way
- Work on banishing Crappy Excuse Trolls and Procrastination Pixies from my blog kingdom
- It’s okay to write about different stuff, just do it on different days
Thanks to Kristen’s advice, here’s the introduction of my blog schedule (gulping down the commitment intimidation bile):
Mondays – Start the Week Off Write – all things writing and blogging
Tuesdays – Pop Café – discussing film/television/pop culture
Wednesdays – The Healthy Creative – be your best physical, emotional and mental self!
Thursdays – Time Machine – Indulging my interest in history and genealogy
Fridays – Write Anywhere Venues – Discover new places to write!
Sundays – Devoted to Cats – a little silliness
Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer is a quick read; funny and informative. I recommend it highly if you are new to blogging or maybe your passion for blogging has lagged. And if you haven’t met Kristen yet, check out her blog. Here’s a sampling of blog posts. They’re the bloggiest!
And if you think I’m going overboard on this Kristen Lamb thing, you don’t have to take my word for it. (Sorry for stealing your line LeVar Burton. Not really.)
Lisa Kilian tells us why we should listen to what Kristen Lamb has to say.
So, everyone get to blogging! And…let’s be careful out there.