Given that it’s been several weeks since I last blogged, what better way to kick off the New Year than with a blog post about blogging and how to be an author blogger.
I’m about two weeks from my sixth Blog-o-versary so I figure now is as good a time as any to share (in order from ten to one) my most popular posts about blogging (according to statistics) and how to blog.
If you’re a new author blogger, or blogger in general, I hope you’ll find some New Year inspiration here.
Starting Out #8: From blog to job
Puppies and roses… what do you blog about?
12 things I learned in my first year of blogging
4 things I learnt in my 4th year of blogging
A few of my favourite author blogs
One thing I’ve learnt in my 5th year of blogging
5 Aussie author blogs to watch
Social media for writers #1: Blogging
Blogging for writers: How to blog smarter (not harder)
and… number one…
Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful article. Many thanks for
supplying these details.
So much good information here Allison, thanks heaps.
One thing I’ve come to contemplate and that’s if I blog or just post? I would never call myself a blogger, but because I’ve got 3 books out and more to follow, I always keep my website / blog updated and I find its a way of communicating what I really feel in the internet world apart from putting up memes on Facebook and Instagram. It seems a great way to have a genuine conversation with people.
However it’s getting people to read your blog is the tricky bit…. do you have any links for that?
Hi Josh, interesting point and that’s a whole different subject! I just had a read through your blog and really enjoyed it. One thing that surprised me, though, was that I scrolled back through your Twitter and FB feeds and found no mention/links to your recent posts. The best way to get people to read your blog is to share it with your community. Social media is about connecting with other people, sharing their thoughts, commenting on posts … but also about sharing your own thoughts with them, not in a spammy way, but in a ‘hey, here’s my thing’ way.
I have created a new course for the Australian Writers’ Centre called Build Your Author Platform, which goes into this in more detail. You can read more about the course here: http://www.writerscentre.com.au/all-courses/build-your-author-platform/ A
Thanks so much Allison. Yes, I don’t often link back to my blog, because of Facebook’s Algorithm which restricts people seeing the posts. I know I don’t get many likes on my facebook posts but i’d get even less if I put the link to my blog. I suppose it maybe it’s good for someone who is going back and scrolling through my news feed.
I’m also trying to build subscribers to my newsletter (I have 29 so far!) and wonder what different content should I put in the newsletter as opposed to sharing on FB? I feel the subscribers should get ‘news or content first, then a day or two later share on FB…
Again, a whole new blog post topic here, but I think you should probably bear in mind that your email subscribers and your FB community may be very different. There’ll be some crossover, of course, but not everyone who subscribes will follow FB and vice versa, and they’re there for different reasons. If I make a big announcement in the newsletter, for instance, I put it on FB the same day. People who subscribe to your newsletter are trusting you with their email address and saying ‘give me more of you’. So think about that when you write your content.
Yep, makes sense. I feel the conversation is more intimate via the email newsletter.
I’m looking forward to when details come out about the author platform workshop. I’ve signed up for more info, just depends on cost and how much download I have on the internet available.
Cheers. (Josh the rainbow hunter)