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Reader Question: Starting a Blog

When you first started your blog, how did you get the word out so people other than your friends would know about it and read it?

Honestly, when I first started my blog (which, if you look at my LiveJournal calendar, you can see was way back in 2003), I wasn’t all that worried about getting people to come and read it. I wanted a way to connect with other writers I already knew on LJ, and I wanted to write about my progress as I worked on novels and tried to get short stories published. I gradually made new friends and caught the interest of other readers just by being myself. I think it helped that I followed and commented on the other blogs that I found interesting or insightful. When people see that you’re interested in them, they often want to find out a little bit about who you are.

I’ve also tried to include content I think will be useful to others. Like answering questions like this! :) Or making a post about my writing process, or books I’ve enjoyed.

Ultimately, I think a blog is most likely to succeed if you’re writing about things that you enjoy and letting that show in your writing, and at the same time offering information or discussion topics that will appeal to readers. There’s no one way to accomplish that, though. You have to figure out what works best for you!

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.

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mguibord
May. 21st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm a pretty recent blogger and honestly- I have no clue! I'd be interested to hear how other people got the word out. I have some kind writing acquaintances who befriended me when I joined- otherwise I would be completely invisible!
I agree about the importance of offering either useful information or entertainment in the blog- those two things are what people seem to really respond to, in my limited experience.
As a reader I also get very turned off by a blogger who seems to be constantly negative or complaining about this and that.
megancrewe
May. 23rd, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
I agree, a lot of venting can be a turn off--unless you can do it in a really entertaining way that makes it seem not so negative after all. :)

A lot of people say it's best only to blog if you really enjoy doing it, not just because you think it's a good way to get readers, and I think that's a really good point. If you're not engaged by what you're writing, then it's unlikely anyone else will be, either!
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Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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