I am at the stage in my writing journey now where I don’t mind making a confession. Because I had never bought a book as a result of reading someone’s blog, at the start of my author journey I didn’t see the point of writing a blog.
Yes, I was that selfish and short-sighted.
But gradually, as I read others’ blogs, I realised that I must have been missing something. Everyone else seemed to be doing it, so I thought I had better join the club. I started this blog last spring.
I am now officially enlightened.
Thinking up interesting and informative topics to blog about can be a challenge, but I no longer question the value that blogging adds, particularly for fledgling authors.
I have sold some books based on my utterings here. I’m glad not everyone is like me! But that isn’t why I am a convert to blogging.
I have learnt so much by joining the author blogging community. I have met lots of really insightful and helpful people through this blog. But just posting blogs yourself is such a small part of the story.
I have learnt even more from engaging with fellow authors via their own blogs.
I am in awe of the community spirit demonstrated every week by authors re-tweeting other authors’ blog posts – a process made so much easier by using the #Mondayblogs hashtag set up by author Rachel Thompson.
I would almost go as far as to say I love Mondays. Not quite, but almost.
As importantly as gathering more exposure for your own blog, you cannot fail to learn something through a quick scan of #MondayBlogs.
I have learnt so many valuable lessons – about writing, networking, book marketing and the author life. I have ‘met’ so many interesting people.
Within the last few weeks, I have read ‘5 steps to writing a best-selling novel’, ‘Ten top tips to get your book onto the bestsellers list’, ‘Fourteen ways to boost your book’s sales’ and ‘53 ways to make your fortune out of writing’.
I am now off to make my fortune. I will be writing to you from Barbados next Monday.