I started my blog a few years ago as a little piece of something that would be mine and mine alone. I had my second son in 2012 and was left questioning who I was and if there was more to me than babies. Babies are great, don’t get me wrong…but where did I go?
My posts started out as short paragraphs about what I was wearing for a wedding, a movie I was watching, or some small inspiration that I personally needed at that time. In 2014, everything changed when I joined a group on Facebook called Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by a passionate group of people who all loved books as much as I did. I began attending the online book release parties and winning games. I started reviewing the books I won on my blog and, as they say, the rest is history.
Now, I’ve expanded my brand to writing about books, the occasional inspirational post, and geeky stuff. I interview authors and try to spread the word about Indie/Self-published authors. I share my own writing, but also promote others as they release new books. Even though I started blogging for me, it’s grown past that. Now, I help others.
After these couple years of blogging about books, I’ve found a few things to be absolutely true.
- People subscribe because they want to read what you say. This may seem obvious. But I don’t have anything to offer readers except my opinion. An opinion that they value.
- Indie/Self-published authors NEED bloggers. They need people who love what they write to tell others about their work. To someone who doesn’t have a publisher to promote their books for them, bloggers are GOLD.
And a few tips:
- Be kind. Kindness will get you everywhere. I actually wrote a post about always being kind because it’s important to me. That brings me to my next tip…
- Write about what you love. This is my 3rd or 4th attempt at starting a blog. I’ve always loved writing, but didn’t know what to write about. If you aren’t passionate about the subject then it’ll end or not be fun to read!
- Readers, other bloggers, authors, geeks––they are all friends. Allies. Your tribe. (See point 1 about kindness) They are not the competition, so reach out. Share their posts and visit their blogs if you can! You might find a special person you never would’ve met otherwise.
- Take chances. Start new types of posts. It could fail, but there’s no harm done (unless you didn’t follow tip #1).
- Have fun!
I’m still learning, but blogging if definitely a piece of my life that I didn’t know was missing until I started. Is it your missing piece as well?
Katy Walker is the creator/writer for THE KATY blog, a site that promotes indie/self-published authors while giving readers a peek at her vast array of geeky interests. Visit her on thekatyblog.com!