Blogging as an Indie Author

 

What is a blog anyway?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as:

  1. Computers: a website that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks, videos, and photographs provided by the writer; also: the contents of such a site.
  2. A regular feature appearing as part of an online publication that typically relates to a particular topic and consists of articles and personal commentary by one or more authors.

Huh! Well, apparently I’ve been blogging every month without realizing it. What do you know? And how often do we Indie authors hear that it’s important to get your name out there, with blogging the number one suggestion?

So…here’s my blog.

While I thought I wasn’t blogging, my time was taken up with so many things, plugging along on my work in progress, going through the critiques received on said work, running my group forum, preparing the current month’s newsletter, and life in general.

The most enjoyable thing that keeps me busy is writing. It’s the first thing I think of when I get up in the morning. Even before I have a cup of coffee or prepare breakfast, I’m thinking about my work in progress. Call me a workaholic if you want to, but am I really, if I enjoy it so much?

My enjoyment also comes from getting my name out there as an Indie author. Yes, I’m blogging. I’m blogging while I’m on my group forum in Facebook with ideas for other writers or readers. I’m blogging when I add some thoughts to my website, like this one. I’m blogging when I send out my monthly newsletter with articles for writers and readers. And…I’m blogging when I make statements or send out my advertising on Twitter. There are other places where I blog, as well. The list is enless.

The blogs aren’t always articles like this one. Sometimes they’re simply statements about how I feel about something that’s happening in the world. But they are blogs, and my name is on them. They all contribute to telling the world that I’m an Indie author. And it gets out to the readers. Along the way, I’ve made some very special friends among those readers.

So, what’s your day filled with? Is writing stuck into the day, a chore to be done, or is your day scheduled around your writing? I have to say it’s the latter for me. Mine consists of getting up and the general morning preparedness of the day: washing, dressing, grooming. Then it’s that all important cup of coffee.

As we sit in the enclosed patio watching the birds at the feeder and the jays snatching their peanuts for a bowl, Suzie has the run of the yard. She bounds back in and demands our attention for a few minutes. But my mind is usually on my writing. Maybe wondering if I can use what I’m seeing for a scene in my next book.

After getting a second cup of coffee, it’s off to my in-home office. I check my emails, lots of emails, and attend to them. Then I pull up Twitter and do a general good morning tweet, thanking everyone for following and/or retweeting. I invite them to subscribe to my newsletter, and leave some kind of a meme to brighten their day. Advertising memes are next on the agenda. One per current book. And agains, it all goes out with my name as “Author.”

Next, I’m off to Facebook, stopping in on my regular timeline to see what everyone has been up to. Then I hop over to the group forum and post our daily theme, along with a few other activities, check on my notifications, and answer questions.

Finally, I can settle down to my work in progress. Sometimes it’s reading through what’s already written and making changes. Sometimes it’s working on the next chapters. Sometimes it’s going over a critique I’ve received. But every part of this process is a joy to me.

Why I never started writing at a younger age is beyond me. Perhaps I wasn’t ready. But I enjoy it so much now. I often wish there were more hours in the day to work on my writing.

Of course, I do have chores each day aside from writing: Cleaning, cooking, laundry, errands. Those will always be part of life. And I’ve set aside time early in the day, and when I need a break to do them. But writing will always be a part of my life, too, a very important part of my day.

If you’re a writer, a true writer, it will always be a part of your day, as well. If it’s not…maybe you should be doing something else. Something that makes you feel the way I do about writing. Ya think?

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