You’re writing a book, and you want to grow your blog at the same time. That’s a wonderful idea. Here’s why: you need to market your book, and a blog gives you lots of opportunities for marketing.
New to blogging? Scared of it?
Here’s how to get the blogging habit. BlogHer runs National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) each month, which isn’t just a marketing opportunity, it’s an opportunity build a blog habit. Here’s all you do if you’d like to join NaBloPoMo this month:
“Just make the commitment to (1) blog daily for the month (nothing more to it than that!) and (2) to support your fellow NaBloPoMo’ers by reading a handful of the other blogs on the blogroll. Cheer them along and they’ll cheer you on too. You can sign up for April’s NaBloPoMo until April 5th.”
I decided that I’d do NaBloPoMo this month on this blog, because Just Write a Book Blog tends to get neglected a little. And because I want to chat more about writing books, both fiction and nonfiction. I do that on Fab Freelance Writing Blog, and on the Creativity Factory too, so this blog’s a red-headed stepchild who gets left out, and it’s time to show it some love.
NaBloPoMo’s theme is “GROW” this month
Not sure what to blog about? NaBloPoMo’s theme this month is “GROW”. Use April’s prompts. You can use them, or not, all you need to commit to is to write one blog post for each day in April.
I’m sure you’re thinking that blogging is a commitment. Yes, it is. And you think…
”I haven’t got time to blog!”
Me neither. My schedule this month is much fuller than it normally is, which is why I’m committing to blogging. Does that sound like insanity? It’s not. This month promises to be stressful, so my daily blog post here will be an small island of comfort and sanity. An anchor if you like.
I’ve written about using blogs to build books before. I like to write books AND blog because the two activities go together well.
When writers tell me that they don’t have time to blog, I tell them that blogging helps me to write. Over the years (16 to date), blogging’s been my default setting; it helps me to explore ideas, and think about readers. And that’s a good thing.
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