All this week, I tried valiantly – but unsuccessfully – to personally respond to the 171 comments stemming from my recent D-Day post.
I ground to a halt and my mindset shifted gears when Lily Eva Blake replied to my comments and said she was “honored” that I stopped by to comment on her “baby blog.”
While I appreciated her very kind words, it shouldn’t be an honor to receive a comment and a new blog is only a Alex J. Cavanaugh-type blog in waiting.
My point is that I am no one special and there no magic tricks to the (perceived) success of my blog, so anyone starting off needs not to feel worry, but excitement.
I wrote my first post on 9/11/11 – but only because I’d been struggling to find a topic to write about.
And on the 10th anniversary of the worst attacks on our soil, I knew I felt passionate enough to share my feelings.
I wrote, rewrote, edited, sat on it, rewrote it and sat back with a satisfied sigh.
I garnered one comment – from my pastor.
Point: I didn’t know what to write about – and I still don’t sometimes – just look at my labels, but the point is to be just YOU.
It cracks me up no end to see all the different direction I have gone with this blog and that’s fine.
MY point is your online “voice” has to be the same as your real voice. As in real life, we all have a unique voice, so have a conversation with us – don’t share your thesis.
These days, my “writing” blog seems to be much more about Parenting and Patriotism than Prose and Parenthesis, and again that’s OK. It’s working for me.
PS. And, be patient – pay your dues.
I’ve been blogging nearly three years and have just recently finished WIP#1.
I have no agent and my book isn’t published – but boy what a wonderful internship I’ve had here in what I jokingly call the Blogisfear.
So, comment on other blogs, promote a cover reveal, enter a bloghop or tweet a new release. Keep doing things like this, and we will find you ;)
Finally, never, EVER give up.
IF writing is your dream – don’t quit – there is no age limit to being a published author.
Remember… Failure is not an option – it’s a choice.
Can anyone add to what I’ve mentioned and share any other tips with new bloggers?