Blogging 101—Extra questions

I have a blog site, but no one reads it. How do I attract an audience?
Read this post and all the comments.

Do you think it's better to have a separate blog from your website or blog within your website? Or does it matter?
Whichever is easiest for you. But if your blog is separate from your website, make sure it has links back to your website that are obvious and easy to find.

Is there an advantage to blogging with others (i.e. Writers in Heels, Six LDS Writers and a Frog, etc.)?
Yes! More exposure. Their readers will read you on the group blog. If they like you, they’ll also start visiting your personal blog.

How do I [insert technical stuff here]?
With all the technical questions I'm getting, I'm starting to think maybe I should dump this blog and start one on blogging, etc. Oh, wait. That would make me a geek--a fate that should be avoided no matter what the cost. (sigh) Here are a few of the resource sites that I use:
Blogging Basics 101
Blogger Tips & Tricks
The Real Blogger Status

I'm fascinated that so many people can find time to not only write books/articles/stories, but also find the time to write consistently interesting and helpful blogs.
Priorities. It is Your Job as an author to promote yourself and your work.

I feel like I have nothing of interest to blog about. There are so many talented authors with so much more experience, why would anyone want to read something I've written on a blog? How can I offer anything of value to readers?
I’m sort of shocked by this question. The whole point of being a writer is that you have something burning inside, something to say. If you don’t have anything to say, then your novel won’t have much to offer either. If this is truly, truly how you feel, and not just a moment of discouragement, you shouldn’t be looking at writing as a career choice.

That's all I have about blogs. On to the next question...


Josi said...

LDSP--I love you. thanks for all this info. I thought I knew my way around and I have learned so much from this blogging course. You are such an asset to us writers, helping to broaden our perspective and see a bigger pictures. Thanks for all you do.

If I knew who you were, I'd send chocolate, I guess that's one of the pitfalls of being anonymous, huh :-)

Tristi Pinkston said...

Coming in a little late as usual, but I've seen the expression "sticky post" on several blogs. What's a "sticky post?"