WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT BLOGGING

The first anniversary of my blog is fast approaching, and I thought I would pass along a few of the things I have learned.

I started this blog to promote my novel, In The Sticks, that had just been published. When I first started blogging I wrote about everything and nothing. I posted old Christmas letters, did a diary of my Alaska trip and even let my granddaughter take a shot at posting on my blog. I finally decided the blog needed to be about something. I started posting about writing. After awhile I realized that the people I wanted to reach weren’t just writers. I have nothing against writers, and love it when they comment on my blog, but I wanted this blog to be for everybody. I still write about writing, but not as much as I did when I started, and when I do, I try to make it interesting and funny so that even someone who has never written in their life might get a smile. I write about silly things sometimes, and I try to post once a week so people don’t forget about my blog between postings. Since I started posting regularly and humorously my non-writer followers have more than doubled.

When I do post, I try to put notifications up everywhere I possibly can: Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, writer’s groups, etc. I have done some experimenting with this. The more places where I put up notifications, the more hits I get on my blog–duh. If someone comments on Facebook or a writer’s group about my blog, the hits go up tremendously. It’s like word-of-mouth. It is advertising: the more people who know about the product, the more people there are who will check it out—again, duh.

I visit every blog I come across, whether it is on Facebook, one of the writer’s groups or if someone visits my blog that has a blog of their own. If I can think of a comment, I will leave one. I believe if first-time visitors see a lot of comments, they figure there must be something to the blog and they might come back. I like to help out other bloggers whenever I can. By the way, I have come across a few writers’ blogs that will not publish your comment if you in any way indicate that you are a writer, and I don’t mean trying to hawk your book on their blog—I would never do that–but just commenting that you write. I guess everyone has their own marketing strategy. Mine is to get as many comments as I can from everyone. The only comments I have ever refused to publish are ones that are SPAM. I would refuse comments that are too obscene, used racial slurs or spoke derogatively of anyone but me. (I can take it. I have been a cop for over twenty-five years. You’re not going to call me anything I haven’t been called before.) As far as criticizing my writing, who knows? I might agree with you about that, too. As I have said before, I am a long ways from perfection. In fact, I’m not even in the same city as perfection—I believe it’s in Cleveland.

Now the big question: Does my blog help sales? I don’t know. I put a link to my book’s website on every post. Every time the hits spike on my website, my Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon seller’s rank goes up, so I know the book is being checked out before it is purchased. How many of those come from my blog, I couldn’t begin to tell you.

Sometimes blogging can be a hassle.  It’s not always easy coming up with new ideas to write about, but once a week I like getting away from the characters in the novel I am working on.  My mind needs to just get goofy now and then.

So a big thanks to all of you who have visited this blog on a regular basis.  And thank you to everyone who is here for the first time, and thank you to everyone who visits occasionally.  I hope to see you all again.  Don’t take anything too seriously when you come here, and we’ll try to have some fun in the second year.

 

The Writing Deputy

 

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About thewritingdeputy

Joel Jurrens was a deputy sheriff for 26 years until he retired in 2013. He has published three novels: In The Sticks, Graves of His Personal Liking and County Ops: The Vengeance of Gable Fitzgerald. He tries to keep his blog light and humorous and sometimes downright silly.
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12 Responses to WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT BLOGGING

  1. I enjoyed the post and I always enjoy your blog, because through the whole difficult publication process you have kept your sense of humor.

  2. Gerri Bowen says:

    An amen to all you said, T.W.D. And I also believe humor does help.

  3. Mary Ricksen says:

    I’m for laughter anytime,anyhow, anyway!
    The thing I have done the most since I started and which I think has helped sales. Is that I
    blog and comment and it gets your name out there. How true!

  4. Thanks for the great blog on blogging. I’m also new to blogging, but I found that if I invite other authors as guests on my blog, my hits go way up, even if they’re only “hawking” their own novels.

  5. cawinn says:

    I enjoyed your post but I think I might have an answer to the comments on blogs disappearing. I get an email copy of the comment everytime anyone comments, any comment that has a website embedded in it is automatically blocked and not posted by Blogger as SPAM. I found that out after going to the blog to remove a definite spammer only to find out it was never posted.After it happened a few times, I no longer had to rush over and check to see if it was there. I allow Anonymous comments and they are not blocked, but if they put in a link to their website, they aren’t posted.

  6. I posted the above comment. I don’t have a blog with WordPress so if you’d like to come visit, I’ll sign in with google.

  7. I hear you about the hassle of coming up with ideas. That’s why I’m lucky to post my What If? Blog once a month. Thanks for following, BTW. Pretty soon I’ll be in double digits!
    Not all of us can be clever and funny, well, humerous, well, smile inducing. Wouldn’t want you to get a swelled head.

  8. I think your blog helps sales. I know I will be purchasing all of them. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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