How To Make Your Blog Work For You

By on October 9, 2018
How To Make Your Blog Work For You - Writer's

A writing blog can feel like a major slog. If all you want to do is write books, then the idea of starting up a blog may be rather abhorrent. Most writers are already time-poor and having to dedicate some of our precious writing time to keep up something that doesn’t satisfy us can be very demotivating indeed.

However a writing blog can be useful, and even for the most resistant writers, there are ways to make having one more enjoyable and valuable too.

So how can you make your writing blog work for you?

Be creative

Your blog can be about anything. That’s right, ANYTHING. You don’t have to go down a particular route or stick to one specific format. In fact, don’t. Make your blog unique and interesting, find a niche, be weird and experimental. Use your blog as an opportunity to truly exercise your creative self, and you might come away feeling inspired.

Have fun

Blog writing is only a drag if you make it so. If you are going to be negative about it, don’t do it. There are other ways to market your book that will be far less painful. Do them instead. You can make blog writing an enjoyable experience. Think about how to set yourself challenges, look at it as an exercise in writing and editing, use it to find new readers and connect with them. Keep your blog light, fresh and fun, and this will effortlessly shine through.

Write about what you love

Stay true to yourself, use your distinctive voice, be descriptive, interested and passionate about your blog topics. If you write about what you have a genuine enthusiasm for this will come through, and it will be so much easier to engage your readers and find new ones too.

Don’t worry about the numbers

Many authors write blogs with only one purpose, to try and sell more books. While there is nothing wrong with this, if you get too bogged down in the numbers, or whether or not it is affecting your book sales your blog is going to become both a chore and a bore. That’s not to say you shouldn’t put effort into finding new readers, but remember, creating a popular blog takes time, so focus your energy on writing excellent blog posts instead.

Get feedback

Use your blog to get invaluable feedback on your new writing or ideas for stories and new projects. Your readers are an excellent resource for this. Ask them questions, get feedback and you’ll be able to use this to shape your writing into something that people want to read.

Writing a blog can aid your creative writing in so many ways. So instead of dragging your heels, embrace blog writing and learn how to make it work for you!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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