Every time May rolls around, I think about those early days of blogging. I never dreamed I'd be doing this for nine years. At first, the thought of staying on a schedule week after week almost sent me running in the opposite direction. How could I ever find enough things to say to writers and readers?
Here are a few things I learned along the way:
1. Pray for direction and for those who would read the blog.
2. Be honest about my struggles with the writing life. It's okay not to have it all together. The learning process often has bumps (and sometimes mountains) on the road.
3. For the sake of sanity, have at least a couple of weeks worth of posts written and scheduled. My preference is six weeks. Why? Life happens - a broken wrist, the illness of a family member, simple exhaustion, church/work/family commitments can all derail your good intentions to keep up with your blog. Oh, and let's not forget about writing deadlines and book launches. (I've done four of those during my blogging years.)
4. Write about the things that interest your readership. I've seen others turn their blogs into one long advertisement for their books. Boring.
5. Since my audience is primarily Christian, I strive to encourage blog readers from that perspective.
Are you a blogger/blog reader? What draws you to a blog? If you blog, what are some tips you've found helpful?
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