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Why Blog?

Posted on: October 8, 2009

peg080707[1]A new writer asked me today why I blog and what made me start. In all honesty, I had to think about what it was that started me off on this phase of my writing journey.

It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I began checking out the blogs of other writers. At first it seemed like all of them had at least one book out, usually more than one.  I didn’t have a book out so at first I thought Not for Me.

For over a year I read all the blogs I could. Gradually I began to hear about writers like myself who had writing credits  but not books yet. They all seemed to be working hard at getting their stories out. I thought about it some more and finally decided to take the plunge.

In May of 2009, I wrote my first post. Looking back, it doesn’t surprise me there were only two views of the site.  My blog wasn’t exactly something that other writers should be checking out. It was pretty lame.

The second month I decided if I was going to do this, I had better do it right. I started looking for new articles etc that would make my site unique. I got 92 views. But still something was missing. I needed to learn more about the technical aspects of a site. I need to know about tags, and about how to download pics from my computer as well as the internet. I need to learn what videos I could download as well as how to download videos. I need to learn how to do links so that my reader could go directly from my site to a site within an article.

By the end part of the third month, I had 97 views. It still wasn’t enough to satisfy me. I knew that I had to figure out to let possible viewers know about my blog.  First, I added an email signature to all my email accounts with my Jacketflap, Twitter, Facebook Affiliates. I posted my blog url on them as well.

Then I went to Twitter.com and added my url to my profile. A simple step that led to several people checking out the blog. I got to know several others that also blogged and researched what they had done that I liked and what I wanted to do differently.

In the fourth month, things started to pick up a little. I had 200 views. While for some sites that is a drop in the bucket, I am pleased. Overall, my number of times my site being is viewed by others are on the rise.

Judging by the comments left on the site, I am happy to report that most viewers are not spammers but are real live people who are saying that they like the site.

At present, this October 7, 2009 I have 59 views. That still gives me time to match or beat my numbers from last month.

The one thing I did learn in this process is that I like to blog. I like finding things that motivate and inspire other aspiring writers.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

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http://www.underdown.org/

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• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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