Bored….frustrated…keyed up…need to vent? I think I may have the answer to all of your problems! Write a blog. Yep, that’s what I said and that’s what I did. You can vent about your husband, boyfriend, lover, children, friends, boss, all of your pet peeves, or just life in general. And here’s a little secret – you could probably do it anonymously and no one would ever know it was you! Now there’s a good one! You may even find you enjoy it and you are good at this blogging thing. There goes the boredom right there. Hahaha! Remember – It is what it is…It was what it was. You can write about anything! It’s not all about how you would hang so-and-so by the neck if you could, (sorry I can’t paint more of a picture-its just not me) or how to take out your frustrations on your worst enemy. It can be about your passion, your projects, what makes you tick.
Actually, I started my blog for an entirely different reason – for social media and to promote my book – and hopefully soon it will be books! From all the research I did, blogging was the number 1 way to promote ‘Crossing The Line’ and get my name out there. It was very, very, hard for me to imagine what in the world I was going to write about. Writing a book was one thing – you only needed one subject per book. Writing a blog was an entirely different process. For one thing you had to post three or four times a week to make an impression and you had to be consistent about it. That meant three or four different topics every week! Was I up to that? Sure, I can do this I thought – and I jumped right in and put forth the effort!
After that first post, I was hooked – hook-line-and-sinker! Oh…My…Gosh…! This was fun, way more fun than writing my book. Sometimes I have to discipline myself to concentrate on ‘What Line’. I check my stats once – no that’s not right, I’ll be honest with you – three, four, even five times a day! It’s so exciting to see the number of my followers continuing to rise daily. It’s good to see when someone shared with Facebook, Linked In, Pinterest, or even Liked you latest entry. And the comments -and I mean comments under your post, right on your blog where others will see them – that’s the best part! When you hear from others – especially from strangers – that they enjoyed you post or learned something from it, it’s an inspiration to keep that blog going no matter what.
I’ve had links in my blog clicked on to find out about ‘Crossing the Line’, ‘What Line’, Crossing the Line Facebook page, even Phi Boota Roota, my son’s percussion fraternity! That was a shocker to me, but hey…maybe someone saw that and was inspired by it. The list goes on. You can embed a link for just about anything if it has a website.
Your blog site is your own and you can do with it what you want. I started out kinda slow and as I learned more about the process I began to experiment by changing things around and adding details and info. It’s an ever-changing process and more fun than Facebook! I haven’t added pictures yet except for the cover, but that’s what I’m working on now. As for my profile picture – well, let’s just say, I’m working on it! It will come.
Get you a blog if you want some fun and excitement! Get your mind off those troubles and worries! Put your projects and passion out there for others to see! Use your imagination.You don’t have to be promoting anything. Write that story, add pictures, links, interesting facts, and do it all anonymously or let the world know who you are. That can’t be all bad and you may find an inner strength you never knew was there! Think of it this way – It is kinda/sorta the same thing you do on Facebook – only you can elaborate, be more vocal, and make it grow.
What’s next for me? Well I’m going to continue to promote my writing through blogging, learn how to twitter, find a good profile picture to compliment all my social media, and get to work on finishing up and publishing What Line!
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I want to thank everyone for their interest because since I posted that essay I have had many new followers and likes on my blog – just not many comments – except from family – which I appreciate very much, but you do know that family can’t win. Right? Sorry! 😦 Keep those comments coming though because its great to have family behind me!
I am also going to extend the deadline to May 24, 2013. That will give you two extra weeks to get your copy of Crossing The Line to read so you can form an opinion and make your comment. Yay!