Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Post 100: Nostalgia and Branding

I'm the girl who was NEVER going have a blog. Many of my friends had one. Several writing associates had one. Family members kept pressuring me to start one, but what can I say? I'm a rebel. Police put me on edge, politicians turn me to rage, and social "norms" leave me debating arson. So how did I, the rebel, end up with a blog?

This one started as a beta reading forum ONLY in 2009 and has steadily become...

Yeah, I don't have an answer for that, but hitting post 100 has given me pause to think. Why do I blog?

Why do you blog?

Been reading a great deal about branding yourself in the blogger nation, and really finding your niche. So, to help us (pointing to self) in this process, I've compiled a couple questions:

1. What is it you know? (Writing, computers, field mice, parenting?)

2. What is it you enjoy about blogging? (Reading, writing, networking, socializing, learning?)

3. What do you hope to accomplish with blogging? (Taking over the world, selling books, making friends, astonishing people with your fabulous knowledge of cheese?)

Blogging should be tailored to your interests--after all, you are the author. It should be something you like to do, not just another weekly/daily chore. (Heaven knows we all have enough of those!) 

To answer #2 up there, I enjoy blogging most when sharing something I'm working on--be it the first 250 words, flash fiction, blurbs, tag lines, books etc. (Ironic--considering that's why I started a blog in the first place.) Right now I'm finishing up another book (#6) to be beta read here at the end of the summer: Faux Pas. Hoping you'll stop back in and join me for that adventure.

Back to my roots. What is your reason for blogging? What do you enjoy most about the process?


  1. I blog to connect with other writers and to learn from them. I also blog to share my own experiences and to practice my craft. It's only been a few weeks, but I'm already reaping tremendous rewards.
    Thanks for the post!

  2. I began to connect and set up a platform to promote my books. I've learned so much about the industry and marketing since that time, I now focus on giving tips to others.

  3. It's all about the cheese for me. Rock-on. I mean roquefort-on.

  4. I always said I wasn't going to start a blog either, and 2 years later... ;)

    My favorite part of blogging are the friendships that develop. If it wasn't for that, I doubt I'd have had the stamina to keep it up.

  5. Here's the thing - I've started blogs before and just let them go because I never had followers and I ran out of things to post about... I started Little Bundle of Contradictions because my best friend suggested it... and then I got back into writing, so that actually gave me something to write about... so here I am! My favourite part is definitely the friendships/connections. It's just so cool being able to "meet" people from all over the globe.

  6. Yeah, have very much enjoyed the friendships too--and the learning? Who needs writing books anymore? Pick a subject and blog hop eh?

  7. I'm a new follower and I LOVE the title of your blog, except for the fact it makes me crave cheese. I think I have some Provolone in the fridge. I blog as part of my writing discipline. I look at my blog posts like sketches that I did in my sketch diary when I was a stage designer. Blogging is also an awesome way to keep current with the market and craft.


Hit me with your cheese!