A tribute to Monday Blogs

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.

12 thoughts on “A tribute to Monday Blogs

  1. Everything's Coming Up Rosie March 2, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Agreed, blogging community is super supportive and eager to help other bloggers out. As a new blogger myself, it’s been rather enjoyable connecting and engaging with other bloggers. Who better to learn from, than those that are already doing it?

  2. Stuart Lennon March 2, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Another handy hint! I’m off to check out my Twitter feed. Thanks Ben.

  3. T.O. Weller March 2, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    I’m with you Ben. The community of sharing and support always brings a smile to my face on a Monday. What could get better than that?

  4. davidprosser March 2, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    As I haven’t read those particular- How to…blogs Ben, and the ones I have read don’t seem to have worked on my books, d’you think you could send me a postcard of a Barbadian beach while you’re there?
    The bogging community is very generous at sharing. and the authors, editors etc are usually very quick to welcome a ‘Newbie’ aboard. It is a community is the very best sense of the word.

    • Ben Adams March 3, 2015 / 12:45 pm

      Ha! David, if I ever get to Barbados, I’ll certainly send you a card! Thanks for your support.

  5. jenanita01 March 3, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Glad to hear that your are thoroughly enjoying your journey as a writer, Ben. I knew you would. Enjoy Barbados, whatever that means…

    • Ben Adams March 3, 2015 / 12:47 pm

      Anita and Jaye, I am certainly enjoying reading the reviews, of which yours was one of the first. I still read it now, especially when I need a bit of reassurance. Have a great day.

  6. evelynralph March 3, 2015 / 10:15 am

    I do have and have reblogged some of thos mentioned. Can be very helpful. Not just to newbies eithet.

    • Ben Adams March 3, 2015 / 12:48 pm

      Evelyn, yesterday evening I spent far too much time reading the #MondayBlogs, but only because so many of them are so insightful. Long may it continue.

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