As someone who has been in the blog world for a very long time the single biggest mistake is that bloggers feel oblicated to write novels
I am sure that you have so many pearls of wisdom to share with all of us. If people want to read a novel they will buy a book! Especially in a world today in which people want instant gratification they will not take that long to read a blog post.
Through the years I have noticed that authors make the biggest mistake time and time again. Other types of businesses fall into this same trap.
You can have all the marketing and sales tactics you can ever dream of and that doesn’t work long term.
I know this is not sexy but the fact is it all comes down to the number 1. It’s about making a connection on some kind on a personal level to each person. If you don’t then you will fail. People like D.Wallace Peach and her buddies have figured this out a long time ago.
While I am at it this morning something else has crossed my mind. For those of us who are older, we want to buy things and not be sold things. By the time you reach a certain age, you have heard all the lies and promises.
Another early morning and of course my mind was running through things of which I need to write. As many of you know you have a choice of tossing and turning or bite the “bullet” and get up. In the end, the tossing and turning isn’t going to stop and you know it!
So you get up and then most of those things you were tossing and turning about leave your brain by the time your feet hit the floor. So with that in mind, I figured I would brighten your morning with this beautiful picture.
So now we all face the dilemma of whether or not to go back to bed? I submit that going back to bed will put you in the same cycle. So get your cup of coffee and get to work because as writers it’s that constant solitude that only writers can understand!
Folks on this one I could really could on a rate about profanity on blogs. It is their right to do so and it’s my right not to participate in that garbage! When someone uses profanity to make their point they are showing their lack of intellection to show how really small minded they are and that is sad. As comedians will tell you that it’s easy to make people laugh with the use of profanity. It’s an art form to do it without it. I think as we write we should have a sense of responsiblty to our readers. The thing is if you use it alot in your personal life then it will naturally bleed into your writing.
Now let me make this clear. I have used profanity ( especially on home repairs) and I will again. My late father taught me that if men are talking among themselves that’s one thing but when a woman shows up that stuff stops!
But then again if you don’t have self filters in your personal life then you won’t have them in a public forum.
I had my first blog post in 2006( yes I am that old) and at the time I went by duke1959 which was ok but over time I started a new blog 1959 duke which lasted just about forever. Due to the fact, there was too much pain and suffering in them I closed it down sometime back. Life really wasn’t much fun at that point. Then comes the question as to why now? Circumstances in life have changed things so much of my life. Frankly writing is my passion and if I don’t follow it now when? The old-time clock of life is just chugging along and of course, I don’t have any idea when it will stop!
One of the keys that good authors and writers realize is not to overwhelm their followers with e-mails. I know authors are creative by nature and I love hearing about their latest work but please don’t overwhelm people. Then again all of us have the right to follow as many authors as we choose. For me a couple or so a week is fine. Please don’t be like someone recently that was sending me 3 to 4 a day! Of course I put a stop to them!
In this day of all of this so-called modern technology the old adage,” less is more” needs to be used more often. By doing that you will create someone who truly enjoys your work which could lead to a purchase of what you have written. Isn’t that the purpose anyway?