Considering starting your own writers blog? Many of the authors in my book writing program already have. Today, I’ll share a quick beginners guide to blogging and starting a writer’s blog. Not to be confused with writer’s block – which, if you follow my author bootcamp program, doesn’t exist. Period. A writer’s blog is nothing more than your online diary or journal. You can express your feelings, thoughts, and opinions or even advertise your book. There are few rules, as long as you keep it clean and organized. Blogs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and designs, and your writer’s blog is yours to anything you want with.
Getting started on your writer’s blog may seem more complicated than it needs to be. Let’s start off easy and then work your way up as you become more familiar with what you are doing. In a nutshell, that’s how I started my Living by Experience blog. I started with nothing, and grew to become something (or so I’ve been told).
The basic components of an entry on your writer’s blog are:
- Title: You can use the title to label your posting. The title of your article helps other people finding your blog, and is one of the key components of SEO.
- Category: You can add one or more categories to keep articles on similar topics together.
- Body: This is the main content of your article, or “blog entry”.
- Trackback: This allows other sites to link back to your blog.
- Permalink: This is the direct URL that goes with every blog article that you write.
- Comments: This allows readers to make comments on your blog – some good, and some bad.
Building your community
Blogging can be more that your own personal thing. The point is to get your story out there and help promote your books and writing. You can share your expertise and knowledge, and build a community around your passion. With all the comments, some blogs are operating as forums. You can also use your writer’s blog to advertise your book, and to drive traffic to your author website. Or you can even use your writer’s blog as your sole “home” on the internet.
The best way is to get started (today!) and then adjust as you go along and learn what you are capable of. You can have your writer’s blog up and running today if you want to. You may as well get started.
Blogging is a lot of fun, and on a weekly basis it’s one of the things I enjoy doing most. If your blog grows, it can also be very profitable. Aside from the money, blogging can be very rewarding.
Get Started Today
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Wilko van de Kamp Author
WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca