I'm not a "bandwagon" type of gal anyway, no matter what it is. My MO is to sit back and wait a while to see if a new trend is something that would be worthwhile for me to incorporate into my life. To this day I don't have an iphone, ipad or phone internet....Really.
But I digress... I had NO idea how much blogging would change my life-and my career!!
1. Blogging forced me to be consistent. I felt the need to keep it updated, leaving me to write at least once a week.
2. Blogging gave me confidence. I was "shy" about putting my writing out for the world to see. With the ability to self-publish in only a matter of minutes, I was an author the moment I hit the "Upload" button. It gave me a huge boost in my ability to actually write something and then have it available for literally the world to see! Maybe just maybe my voice matters after all!
3. Blogging allowed me to be creative. Without a publishing company or an editor-proofreader "adjusting" my message, I could say whatever I wanted to without having to censor it or "pretty it up" for some audience. This venue allowed me to freely express myself, which also grew my confidence. I found my writing got better over time because of this.
I recommend new authors to blog (if they aren't already) to get used to writing. Writing a book takes focus and dedication and a blog can help you to do that. Think of it as an electronic diary that the whole world can see. Blog writing also can help you find your niche audience before even writing your book-especially in non-fiction. It's what publishing companies call a "platform".
Another key thing with blogging is that you can write an entire book's worth of content without even knowing it. I had a lady contact me with a request to create a how-to book from an old blog of hers to promote her executive coaching practice. Writing-and keeping-a blog for several months or more is a great way to write your book, because blogs force you to write in snippets and themed subject matter-which can easily be formatted into chapters and the book outline. With the help of a skilled ghostwriter or better yet your own skill, you can just organize and string together the blogs like beads on a string to create a beautiful "necklace"-in this case, your book!
This method can save you a helluva lot of money. How? Here's how: If you have all the content, then you can either write the manuscript yourself to shop to a literary agent or save a TON of money when hiring a ghostwriter. An A-list ghostwriter told me recently that it costs only a small fraction of the normal writing fee just to "doctor" a book or e-book instead of writing it from scratch. In other words, getting professional writing help with your book now becomes affordable.
For those of you who haven't blogged yet but want to start, the two best blog sites around are Wordpress.com and Blogspot.com. Both are free.
For more writing tips, you can follow me on twitter @writesideup or you can watch my writing tutorials on my You Tube channel, "the writingpreneur".