Happy New Year! It’s 2013. Did you blog a book last year? If so, I hope you will tell me about it so I might feature you. Are you blogging a book now? If so, I hope you’ve listed it so others will know about it and follow your progress. Did you never quite manage to get started blogging your book in 2012? Then 2013 is the time to start…
But maybe blogging in general stops you from actually blogging your book. Many aspiring book bloggers call me with great ideas, but they are afraid to get moving because the technology of blogging puts them off. Even though blogging involves writing, they are afraid of the actual “blog” itself and what’s involved with setting it up and running it. So they never get started. Or they start and then stop when they feel confused or overwhelmed.
If that sounds like you, it’s time to get over that obstacle. Your blog–and your blogged book–will get you where you want to go in 2013. Blogging can be the path to becoming an author, by which I mean not just an “aspiring” author but a “published” author.
That’s why I’m devoting January on this blog to “Blogging Basics for Writers.” In fact, I’m going to promise to help you build better blogging skills in just 4 weeks. If that interests you, follow along this month to find two posts a week that will help you learn better blogging skills.
Since today is January 1, I have 3 assignment for you.(You’ll be doing most of the work today; I’m trying to take the day off. Not.):
- Get a blog if you don’t already have one. If you do have a blog and it’s a hosted (free) one on anything other than WordPress.org, research switching to a WordPress.org self-hosted blog. There are other platforms, but I recommend that one. If you don’t want to pay for hosting, then get a WordPress.com hosted (free) blog. If you need help setting it up, almost any blogger can help you (including me). For a self-hosted blog, you might need a webmaster. (I can recommend one.)
- Write down the three top things you struggle with when it comes to blogging or that stop you from blogging.
- Ask yourself, “Why?” Answer that question. How much of the problem is psychological and how much is due to lack of knowledge about blogging? If it’s psychological, then you simply need to push through your fear or your unwillingness to take on new technology–or whatever. If you lack knowledge, write down the 3 things you need to learn how to do to make blogging easier for you; then go out on the Internet and research how to do them. (Do that immediately!)
Last, please leave me a comment with the 3 things you struggle with when it comes to blogging or that stop you from blogging that you listed in #2 (above). You can also tell me the second set of things you need to learn to make blogging easier for you (also in #2 above). I’ll try to address some of these concerns during the month.
Most of what stops you from doing anything–including blogging or blogging books–has to do with fear or lack of knowledge. These are easily remedied with action–moving forward through your fear or learning why you have no need to fear and gaining the necessary knowledge. The latter sometimes alleviates your fear as well.
If you would like personal help with your book blogging, sign up this month for 1-1 blog-to-book coaching. After January, my rates are going up, but those who begin in January will be grandfathered in at the old rates. To sign up for coaching, click here.
Also, I have 1 small blog-to-book coaching group starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 12-1 p.m. PST. The group meets every Wednesday for two months. There is only room for 5 people in this group and a few spots are already filled. (Participation in this group grandfathers you into my old rates as well–and saves you $112 on 1-1 monthly coaching rates.) To register, click here.