It started as one thing but became something quite different…
It was back in January 2010, having just published my first novel, that I began writing this blog. The word on online-writer-street was (and still is), that as an author, it was advisable to have a blog in order to raise your authorly profile and to alert potential readers to your masterpieces and where they could buy them.
So after a bit of research I chose WordPress to be the host for my blog. I liked its ease of use, even for an old, not very tech savvy bird like me. I also liked the wide choice of style and appearance that WordPress has to choose from.
To start with I blogged mainly about my writing. I wrote about the process, motivation and road to publication and beyond. At first the number of people viewing my posts was low. But ever so gradually the numbers grew. People started to ‘like’ the posts and comments started to come in. I also visited and began to follow other people’s blogs.
Later I linked my posts to my Twitter account, so that I could alert folks to new posts. And over the years I reviewed and updated the look and type of content on my blog and I also got my own domain of putitinwriting.me
And now? Now Put It In Writing is my online hub. It’s my home on the web. Yes, I have two author websites – one for each of my author identities – but they’re really just shop windows for my work. And yes, I have two author pages on Facebook where I engage with the readers of my books. But it’s on the blog that I write and share the stuff that matters most to my writing soul.
Nowadays after 268 posts, I write about books I’ve read, I write about my experiences, thoughts and reflections and sometimes I even write about my writing. I hope to entertain, give pause for thought and to inform.
But I no longer do it to sell books. I’m not sure it ever had that effect anyway. I blog because I love it. I enjoy writing the posts and I enjoy the comments and interaction that my posts generate.
And I get just as much enjoyment from reading others’ blogs. I follow a lot of other blogs here on WordPress and elsewhere, covering a wide variety of topics and types of writing. By engaging with fellow bloggers’ posts, I in turn, am entertained, made to think and informed. I read my fellow bloggers posts, comment on and share them on Twitter. And they do the same for me. And it’s through blogging, and the often related use of Twitter, that I feel like I’m part of a mutually supportive community of readers and writers.
The bloggers I follow are, by definition, all writers. They include fellow novelists, book bloggers who love reading and reviewing what they’ve read, and others who are commentators on all sorts of interesting topics.
Below I’ve listed just a few of my favourite bloggers –
Some wise and wonderful author bloggers include:
Helen Mackinven at https://helenmackinven.wordpress.com
Anne Stenhouse at https://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com/
Shelley Sackier at https://peakperspective.com/
Bryn Donovan at http://www.bryndonovan.com/
Summer Pierre at https://summerpierre.wordpress.com/
Henry Chamberlain at https://comicsgrinder.com/category/henry-chamberlain/
Martin Griffin at http://www.martingriffinbooks.com/
Some of the insightful and dedicated book bloggers who I’ve ‘met’ through the wonderful Book Connectors group on Facebook include:
Linda at https://lindasbookbag.com/
Hayley at https://rathertoofondofbooks.com
Anne at http://beingannereading.blogspot.co.uk
Joanne at https://portobellobookblog.com
Then there’s nature writer and artist and real life friend, Jan who blogs at https://janhendry.com/
There’s spot-on observational post writer Andrea at https://andreabadgley.com
There’s truck driving, Shakespeare buff and art lover George at http://myshakespearejourney.wordpress.com/
There’s lovely writer and photographer Marsha at http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/
And finally, there’s the educational and engaging official blog of the Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre at https://cullodenbattlefield.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/270-years-ago/
One last thing before you go, why do you read and or/write a blog? Do you have a sense of an online tribe and if so where does that come from? Do leave your thought in the comments below.