A Girl becomes a Blogger

Blog? What even is a blog? When I first heard the word, it sounded made up to me. And me become a blogger? Didn’t know that would happen. Let’s see if I can find some information about it on Google to understand what it is all about.

After a basic online search, I found out that blogging is a fairly recent phenomenon in our history. Its creation came with the art of website development becoming more user friendly. According to Wikipedia, it was originally called a weblog by Jorn Barger on December 17, 1997. He used the term to describe the process of logging (posting) information on the web. He began his “logging” with daily entries on his blog, Robot Wisdom. He wrote a lot about James Joyce and artificial intelligence in those posts and his written works are almost all self published. Peter Merholz broke the word up into we and blog on the side bar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May of 1999 which is how it got known as just a blog.

The typical blog that one sees on the internet today evolved from what was known as an online diary. It was a webpage where people kept a running journal of their personal lives or a travel log for their trips. I think part of the origin goes back even before the computer, when that information was in more of a handwritten form found in a diary or journal. The entries contained in those books went from being written on paper to being typed in digitally on a computer.

People have been sharing their lives through writing for years. There are journals and letters dating back to the time when when writing was done on stone tablets and parchment paper created from animal skins. Most of that writing was not intended to be shared with many people other than an intended recipient, but some of it has been found and used to add other people’s experiences to our history. Blogs are a popular way to share our experiences with many people in real time. They are also an important writer and author’s tool to present their writing style to potential readers all over the world.

Ever heard of a vlog? What is the difference between that and a blog, I asked? Back to Wikipedia. They are both regularly updated websites or web pages typically run by a person or small group. A vlog is where the postings in the feed are primarily in video form. A blog has postings that are written in an informal or conversational style and posted as written posts.

There are many places online where one can set up a personal or author type blog. WordPress.com, Blogspot.com and Weebly.com  are just a few options. Once a person sets one up, they need to decide what they want to do with it. Is it just for their own personal writing? Is it going to be shared with a few friends? Or maybe with the world?

As an up and coming author, it became apparent that I was going to need to start writing a blog. Not only for honing the craft, but also to get my name and writing out there for the public to read. It is fine to journal and write for myself, but if I want to get a book published and be successful, I have to put my writing out there. Not only is the blog important for promoting my writing, but I also have to recruit other authors and readers to follow me on it. Just like I had to do with Facebook and Twitter. Most authors I have talked to say it takes a while to build the following from scratch. I have found that it also takes daily attention to make it happen.

At the beginning of 2016, I started my Monday Morning Blog posts. Not only has it been a fun and educational journey for me, it has also worked out well to get on a writing schedule for about 1000 words a week on something that is separate from my novel project. It has also enabled me to give my followers a weekly post to check out and read every Monday.

Many of my blog posts are a combination of creative writing and researched facts online. I often find it is fun to just start writing about something random and see where things go. I took a writing class in college many years ago that talked about Rush Writing. It is a writing method where you just start writing about whatever comes to your mind at the time. For me right now, I’m thinking about a calculator. So that would be my subject to write about. I’ll have to use that as a writing prompt someday. It is a great way to get the writing head warmed up and get some creative work done. By using that method, I have written some pretty neat things and when I have added them to my other writing, it has given those projects an extra boost.

Then there are the writing prompts I have used to get the creative juices flowing too. I actually used writing prompts as the subjects of my April 2016 blogs. They not only gave me something unique to write about each week, it also gave the readers a little different feel for what my blog can give to them. For one of them, I had no idea what I was going to write about and I just let the story role out onto the computer. It actually became a mini story of its own. You can check it out with this link, Writing Prompt #3 from April 18, 2016.

All of this blogging is in addition to working on my first novel that I’m planning to self publish by the end of this year. I also have two additional novels, one as a draft and one in idea/outline stage ready follow it to complete a trilogy. The blogging and recruiting followers on social media not only helps readers get to know me, it also paves a path to market my books on, once they are ready. It also keeps this soon to be published author very busy.

10 Replies to “A Girl becomes a Blogger”

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I took a look at my site and added a little more on the contact information side. Is that what you were looking for? I’m glad that you brought it up. The site was definitely missing it. Do you have a site that I can follow?

  1. I remember blogging way back on Livejournal when it was still the “hot” place to be. I still sort of wish other blogging platforms would adopt their extra post options (which we now see on Facebook in “feeling…./watching…/listening to…” status updates). But of all the platforms, I’m liking WordPress best. 🙂 It at least looks like it is keeping up with trending design aesthetics (Blogspot hasn’t updated their platform since Google acquired them almost a decade ago.)

    I definitely feel you on having a secondary project on the side of the creative writing. It makes it easier to stay “in the saddle,” even when creativity for one specific project wanes. 🙂

    1. The whole idea of building a house that I posted about today helped me to realize there is a lot to getting the publishing a novel thing done. The blog has done wonders for me to get my writing out there for people to see in preparation for the novel coming out. It has also allowed me to connect with other writers doing what I’m doing. The support is fantastic.

      1. Definitely! And I understand, too…. marketing is no joke, and even harder with no budget. At least writers have no shortage of interesting things to share!

        1. Isn’t that the truth! The no budget piece has forced me to be even more creative in how I approach it. Using those creative juices that writers seem to have (not necessarily for marketing). Learning a lot of things while building the writing house.

  2. Blog… always reminded me of the word and sound blahhh… you know the sound you make when you open your mouth real wide and stick your tongue out and down to indicate your distaste for something! Well, now thanks to you I now understand why its called a blog. Techies just like to shorten things up.

  3. Seeing you take the plunge is inspiring 🙂
    I find, and I don’t think i’m alone in this, that as a writing i’m always wondering “why someone would want to read what i write?”
    And now, “why would someone want to read what i think?”
    I think Tweeting is one of the most fun ways to enter into the social media of an author. For me I let out all my mundane and quirky thoughts.

    1. Thanks! I had heard about bloggers and had the same thoughts that you do. Why would someone want to read my daily thoughts? But, as an author and soon to be published one, I almost can feel that way. Otherwise, I may not publish.
      I read somewhere that you write to get your story out and let the chips fall where they may. Some people are going to enjoy it and others aren’t. And that is o.k. as long as we are writing for ourselves first.
      Tweeting is fun too. It has helped me, who can be a little wordy, get my thoughts into a short amount of space. The cool thing about social media is that there is a little something for everyone. And, if we want to sell our writing, we need to tap into each one.

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