#WW: How to Keep Blogging

11 Mar

#WW: How to Keep Blogging

In an ever-changing social media frenzy, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when starting out or even as you continue to grow your Internet visibility. One of the topics I constantly see discussed in the numerous forums I lurk in is blogging. Do authors have to blog? (No.) How many times should I blog a week? (As often as you want to.) But the main question I see is almost always the same. What should I blog about?

It might sound strange for me – an avid blogger – to tell others that they shouldn’t blog if they don’t want to, but I am a firm believer in writing what you want to write, and I use that philosophy toward social media as well. Hate Facebook? Stay off of it. Love Twitter? Tweet all day long. As a reader myself, I can tell when a writer isn’t enjoying their story or their posts or if something is lazily thrown together, and I am no exception. I guarantee someone can tell if I am bored or half-interested in what I am doing. There is a connective energy behind words, and that energy will get through to the reader, positive or not.

Photo from Brains on Fire

Photo from Brains on Fire

Now that I have said that, I can admit that I’ve had my moments where I didn’t want to blog. For those of you who are new to my website, I’ve been blogging on here since September of 2012. During my first two years, a post went up every other day – all of which were focused on reading and writing – but this year I changed my posts to Mondays (guest posts about reading and writing), Wednesdays (my views on reading and writing), and Saturdays (just posts about my thoughts on life).

I’ve allowed myself to morph my website as I grow and change just so I didn’t lose that energy or love. Knowing when to change your focus and energy is going to help you keep your momentum up while also maintaining your exciting and relatable voice. It’s always okay to try something new. In fact, I encourage it.

I have many things I encourage when it comes to blogging – one of which relies on planning ahead, writing posts in advance, and scheduling posts before necessary. That way, if you need to step away for a few days due to any reason, you can without disappearing completely and/or getting discouraged. In fact, I generally schedule posts about two weeks in advance. This helps me manage my life outside of blogging. I could write my entire week of blog posts in one day, which allows me to spend the rest of my week working on other things.

But what do I write about?

Well…I write about what matters to me, and I encourage all bloggers to sit back and consider what matters to them. Do you love Pinterest? Talk about how images and articles on there have shaped a character. Do you struggle with certain grammatical phrases? Discuss how someone can overcome their writing faults. Did you just read a wonderful novel? Share your thoughts on the story as well as how it can reflect everyday life. One topic I think helps beginning bloggers is to write a reaction piece to another blog post that inspired them and link back to that post. It helps connect you with other bloggers and readers while moving a discussion forward.

Topics are everywhere. Pay attention to what you discuss with your friends and family. Jot a note down, and write about it on your blog later. In fact, most of my Saturday posts come from discussions I recently had with a friend.

Blogging doesn’t have to be complicated or deep. It just has to reflect you. It doesn’t have to feel like marketing or work. It can be fun and uplifting. Just let the words guide you toward discussions you care about, and more discussions will follow.

~SAT

editingThis spring, I want everyone to take more time to smell the roses…or just stare at them. In other words, I am taking more clients for my Services. $1 per 1,000 words for editing, first chapter sample is for free, and I can increase book reviews and interviews. I also manage social media pages and so many other delightful areas that take up precious writing time. Here are some reviews.

Feel free to ask me anything at shannonathompson@aol.com. 

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16 Responses to “#WW: How to Keep Blogging”

  1. johnrsermon March 11, 2015 at 2:16 am #

    I’m a firm believer in blogging and writing when I want to. Sometimes when I go to update my blog, I struggle to write anything. So, I just don’t and wait until I have things I want to write about. And I’ll look to reblog any posts I think are good if I’m not posting myself. Great post as always 🙂

    • Shannon A Thompson March 11, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      Agreed! I actually cut down my posting because of that. But I see a lot of bloggers though say they do want to write and they want to write more, but they don’t know what to write about. I think that comes down to overanalyzing what you’re writing. Just be yourself and enjoy it. :]
      ~SAT

  2. Mishka Jenkins March 11, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    I’ve been struggling with my own blog lately and it was giving me such stress. But blogging should be fun, and you really should write what you want to, that way the motivation and passion will remain 🙂

    Great post!

    • Shannon A Thompson March 11, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      Blogging should always be fun. 😀 I completely agree. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.
      ~SAT

  3. Diana Staresinic-Deane March 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Great post! I totally agree with your thoughts on giving your all to the social media that you enjoy, and not stressing over the rest.

    • Shannon A Thompson March 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts with us.
      ~SAT

  4. Mr. Jonnie Wright March 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Thanks so much for inspiring me, hon. Sometimes, you got to let the pressures of being famous or acknowledged go and just talk about something that makes you happy. https://mrjonniewright.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/im-swept-away-by-the-drama/

    • Shannon A Thompson March 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Oh my goodness! I love Sweep! I am off to comment on your article though. Thank you for reading!
      ~SAT

  5. reneejohnsonwrites March 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    I need a schedule. Right now, between working with my publisher, my day job, and family obligations, I blog as can. It’s working, though I suspect I could do better. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. 20dj10 March 11, 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    Thanks for such a great post. I’m a blogging beginner myself and your post was helpful.

  7. LaDonna Cole March 12, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Good information! I’ve recently revamped my blog to become more a expression of what I think is my purpose on the planet. I’ve at least had a bit more traffic and some comments. So that’s good I guess. I agree that it needs to be something I enjoy. Helping others find joy is important to me. Thanks again for your insight.

  8. Susannah Ailene Martin March 13, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    Great post. One thing I would have added is don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get a lot of followers right away.

  9. breathefiction March 16, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    I completely agree with this post and I really love Susannah’s added advice. I’ve been on WordPress for about 5 years now and I have three different sites that are all focused on different topics. It’s easier to keep my other two updated regularly more than my book blog because with school I just don’t read for pleasure as quickly. But I still find joy in reviews so taking my time with them will just have to suffice. 🙂

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